‘Darth Vader’ actor Dave Prowse has died

Dave Prowse, the actor who played the villain in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 85.

Dave Prowse came to prominence for his roles as characters that played to his size, none more impressive than Darth Vader in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy.

Prowse died yesterday (November 28) after a brief illness.

The British weightlifter-turned-actor was the body of the infamous Darth Vader character, though not the voice, which was dubbed by James Earl Jones.

He was Britain’s weightlifting champion three times before transitioning into the movie business where he became known for roles that played to his immense size, including Frankenstein’s monster in two films.

Prowse played Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1989) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

He is survived by his wife Norman and their three children.