British actor David Prowse, best known for his role as Darth Vader in “Star Wars” in the classic trilogy, has died at the age of 86.
The actor’s agent, Thomas Boyington, has confirmed that Prause has died of his illness, according to Bowington Management.
“It is with deep regret and heartbreaking sadness for us and millions of fans around the world that we announce the death of David Prause at the age of 85,” the agency said on its Twitter account.
It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85. #DaveProwse @starwars #DarthVader #GreenCrossCodeMan #iconic #actor #bodybuilder #MBE pic.twitter.com/dL2RmdIqg8
— Bowington Management (@BowingtonM) November 29, 2020
Prowse gained international fame in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983). The actor “dressed in” the hero, voiced by American actor James Earl Jones.
Before playing Darth Vader, Prawse emerged in the UK as the first actor to star in Green Cross Code’s road safety campaign.
The actor had a great appearance in A Clockwork Orange, and has also appeared in movies like “Frankenstein”, “The Monster from Hell,” and “Horror of Frankenstein”.
Prowse was also involved in weightlifting and helped groom Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman.