‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader Actor Dave Prowse Dead at 85

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Heartbreaking news in this morning, the actor who played the legendary Darth Vader, Dave Prowse, has tragically passed away.

Our thoughts go out to Prowse’s family and friends during this hard time.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Prowse’s life and death.


The legendary actor, who provided the frame for Darth Vader, died at the age of 85.

More specifically, the original three, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises of all time.

And it all started in 1977, with the first, eponymous movie – and it quickly became a widespread phenomenon.

The first film, now known as Episode Four, was followed by 2 sequels. These 3 movies are now known as the original trilogy – and Prowse was a huge part of every one.

They featured tons of amazing early special effect sequences, plus fascinating and deeply human character studies.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo was a perfect choice, and fans still look back on this era fondly.

The next part of the Star Wars franchise was a trilogy of prequel movies, which were released between 1999 and 2005 and were all a commercial success.

Most recently, the sequel trilogy of movies came out between 2015 and 2019, alongside two theatrical anthology films, Rogue One and Solo.

The third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and final movie in the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, hit cinemas last year.

The movie sees the Resistance face the First Order once again, and the end of the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.  

The event was host to an array of exciting announcements from the Hollywood studio.

During the course of the event, fans learned about what they can expect from the studio in the up and coming months.

But I guess it makes sense that the news was revealed on May 4th, right?

But nothing was confirmed until May 4.

They announced that Taika Waititi has officially signed up to direct a live-action Star Wars movie, which is set for a release in theaters (not on the Disney+ streaming service.)

He will be joining forces with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, an Oscar-nominated artist who has previously worked on masterpieces such as war-time thriller, 1975.

Despite this being his first proper gig with a Star Wars feature film, Waititi has previously directed the season finale, which was a massive accolade for his already long list of achievements.

The original Darth Vader actor, who portrayed the villain physically, with James Earl Jones providing the voice, passed away aged 85.

And starred in a plethora of impressive roles such as in Star Wars, and also A Clockwork Orange, and Casino Royale.

His agent, Thomas Bowington, wrote:
May the force be with him, always! Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.

It truly is.

And Lucas even offered him two roles up front: Chewbacca or Darth Vader.

Speaking about it, Prowse said:
The first one is a character called Chewbacca. I said, ‘What in the h*** is Chewbacca?’ He goes through the film on the side of the goodies, you see? I heard that and said, ‘Three months in a gorilla skin? No, thank you very much!’

I said, don’t say anymore George, I’ll have the villain’s part. He said, ‘Tell me why?’ Think back on all the movies you’ve ever seen when there’s good guys and bad guys. You always remember the bad guy!

Prowse’s legacy will go on forever. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard, hard time.