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.
Darth Vader actor, Dave Prowse, has tragically passed away.The legendary actor, who provided the frame for Darth Vader, died at the age of 85.
He starred as Darth Vader in three Star Wars movies.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.
Since then, there have been many iterations.
via: imdbThe 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.
The movies were universally acclaimed.
via: imdbThey featured tons of amazing early special effect sequences, plus fascinating and deeply human character studies.
They also featured an all-star cast.
via: imdbHarrison Ford as Han Solo was a perfect choice, and fans still look back on this era fondly.
The original trilogy was followed by more films.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.
The franchise has since had several more revivals.
via: imdbMost 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.
via: imdbThe movie sees the Resistance face the First Order once again, and the end of the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith.
Last year, Disney held its biannual D23 Expo and it revealed some exciting projects...
via: Getty ImagesThe event was host to an array of exciting announcements from the Hollywood studio.
The 3-day event was jam-packed with tantalizing sneak peaks, previews, and teasers.
But they didn't mention that a new movie was on the way...But I guess it makes sense that the news was revealed on May 4th, right?
Disney made the special announcement.
Not only that, but he will also be co-writing the entire thing.
This is set to be one hell of a collaboration.
But tragically, Dave Prowse, will not be around to see it.The original Darth Vader actor, who portrayed the villain physically, with James Earl Jones providing the voice, passed away aged 85.
He spent 50 years as an actor.
@TaikaWaititi making a new #starwars movie is perfect. He will bring the action, humor, and a fresh new take. This… https://t.co/nEoPeqTid1— Movie Meals Al (@Movie Meals Al)1588609384.0
Prowse's agent confirmed the news of his death.
"For myself & all that knew him he was a hero. May the force be with him, always” Tribute from Thomas Bowington,… https://t.co/HWQ1cvoHUL— Radio City News (@Radio City News)1606633215.0
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's] a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world."
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Prowse was recruited by George Lucas to the franchise.
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse. Star Wars and Vader would not have been… https://t.co/T1E7LtLQ5b— Star Wars Theory (@Star Wars Theory)1606631109.0
And Prowse instantly decided he wanted to be Darth Vader - and history was made.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!'
"The other one is called Darth Vader. He’s the big villain of the film, you see?"
It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that ou… https://t.co/p7qWXpY4g6— Bowington Management (@Bowington Management)1606630190.0
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!