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David Prowse

Biography

English bodybuilder who was simply immortalized for playing your body of Darth Vader in the initial Superstar Wars films. He went to the Bristol Sentence structure School. He made an appearance within the film A Clockwork Orange, that was predicated on a book by Anthony Burgess. He wedded Norma Prowse in 1963 as well as the few has three kids. He physically performed Darth Vader, however the personality was voiced by Adam Earl Jones.

Quick Facts


Full Name David Prowse
Date Of Birth July 1, 1935
Place Of Birth Bristol, England
Height 1.96 m
Profession Bodybuilder
Education Bristol Grammar School
Nationality British
Spouse Norma Prowse
Siblings Bob Prowse
Movies Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, A Clockwork Orange, I Am Your Father, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Horror of Frankenstein, Jabberwocky, Vampire Circus, The People That Time Forgot, Black Snake, The Making of Star Wars, Saving Star Wars, Up the Chastity Belt, White Cargo, Ravedactyl: Project Evolution, Callan, Hammerhead, Return of the Ewok, Go for a Take, The Kindness of Strangers, Open Mic'rs, More Bloody Meetings
TV Shows Star Wars Holiday Special, Mission Backup Earth
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 In an interview, George Lucas said if there was anybody, in his films, he would recast in a film, he said David Prowse as Darth Vader.
2 A friend of David Jason since the beginning of Jason's TV career.
3 He is the only actor to play Frankenstein's Monster in more than one Hammer film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
4 Attended Collectormania 7 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. [May 2005]
5 Celebrity attraction at Toys4BigBoys in Dublin, Ireland. [November 2009]
6 Currently lives in Croydon, London, England. [February 2004]
7 Has a passion for motorcycles and in his early career owned many.
8 Diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2009. Announced in February 2010 that he had made a full recovery following intensive radio therapy at a London hospital.
9 In Casino Royale (1967), he plays a character known only as "Sir". He looks like Frankenstein's Creature, but is never called or credited as such. "Sir" is only in the film a few seconds.
10 Played part of the aide to Patrick Magee's character in the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). He was chosen due to the fact that he was able to lift and carry the wheelchair-bound Magee. He said that the director was not known as "one-take Kubrick" and he had to repeat the scene multiple times. At one point, the shooting was halted because the recording technician said that there was a strange noise in the last take. This was discovered to be due to a microphone that was on David and picking up his accelerated heartbeat and heavier breathing.
11 His performance as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
12 Before he entered films, he was a hardworking apprentice engineer at BOAC in Bristol.
13 Said that of all the directors he worked with while making the original Star Wars trilogy, Irvin Kershner, who directed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), was his favorite. David praised Irvin Kershner in an interview for being very helpful and supportive of the actors.
14 Three clips are available on the Star Wars making of documentary DVD of Prowse speaking Darth Vader's lines.
15 Prowse and James Earl Jones have never met in person.
16 He was barred from doing the lightsaber duels in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) because he kept breaking the poles that stood in for the laser blades during the first film. The lightsaber duels in the sequels were instead done by Bob Anderson, the swordmaster who handled the lightsaber choreography; in order to make up for the height difference, Bob Anderson wore platform shoes and was often filmed from low angles.
17 Despite the fame of Darth Vader, Prowse says that the role he is most proud of is the Green Cross Code Man.
18 He was the special guest at the first sci-fi convention in the northwest (England) at Lancaster and Morecambe College on 3rd October 2004.
19 He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to charity and road safety.
20 When Sebastian Shaw was revealed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as the "man behind Darth Vader's mask", Darth Vader became the first recurring role in a movie series to be played by three actors at the same time: body by Prowse, voice by James Earl Jones and face by Sebastian Shaw.
21 Attended Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, England. Actors Julian Glover and Timothy West were in the same year there.
22 Attended the I Central American Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Convention at Guatemala City, Guatemala on July 27-28, 2002, to talk about his character (Darth Vader) on the first Star Wars trilogy, along with Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
23 Once complained in an interview that he felt he "wasn't getting any publicity" for his work as Darth Vader.
24 He commented in an interview that he was unaware that his voice been dubbed with that of James Earl Jones' until he saw the movie Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) on opening night.
25 Appeared as a strongman in the famous "Wishing Well" sketch from the first season of The Benny Hill Show (1969), which was used by the show's American syndicator to pitch the program to U.S. television stations.
26 Because of his loftiness, George Lucas hired him to occupy the costume of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). But because of his British accent, Lucas chose James Earl Jones as the voice of Vader
27 Owned a gym "The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre" in London, England. His brother Bob Prowse used to manage it for him before opening his own Health Club in Maidstone.
28 Was the Green Cross Code Man, a character used to teach [British] children how to cross the road safely.
29 Trained Christopher Reeve for the title role in the first Superman (1978) movie.
30 Is a former weightlifting champion.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comic Book: The Movie 2004 Video Dave Prowse
Ravedactyl: Project Evolution 2003 Short Sunder
Vita lögner 1998 TV Series Hotel Guest
Monopoly Star Wars 1997 Video Game Darth Vader
Crossbow 1989 TV Series Cassius
More Bloody Meetings 1984 Video documentary short Businessman
The Benny Hill Show 1969-1984 TV Series Strongman / Muscleman in 'Ye Olde Wishing Well' Sketch
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 Darth Vader
The Rose Medallion 1981 TV Series Stanley
Take a Chance 1981 TV Series Atom
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy 1981 TV Series Bodyguard
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1980 TV Series Cosmo the Giant
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Darth Vader
As You Like It 1978 TV Movie Charles
A Horseman Riding By 1978 TV Series Jem Pollock
The People That Time Forgot 1977 Executioner (as Dave Prowse)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 Darth Vader
Jabberwocky 1977 Red Herring and Black Knights (as Dave Prowse)
Gulliver's Travels 1977 uncredited
Space: 1999 1976 TV Series Cloud Creature
Warship 1976 TV Series The Ape
The Kenneth Williams Show 1976 TV Series
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1976 TV Series
Little House on the Prairie 1975 TV Series Sawmill foreman
Confessions of a Pop Performer 1975 Man at cinema
Churchill's People 1975 TV Series Hnaudifida
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs 1974 TV Series Johansson
Callan 1974 Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
The Best of Benny Hill 1974 Muscleman ('Ye Olde Wishing Well')
Doctor at Sea 1974 TV Series Nobby
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974 Monster (as Dave Prowse)
White Cargo 1973 Harry (as Dave Prowse)
The Two Ronnies 1973 TV Series
Arthur of the Britons 1973 TV Series Brosk / Col
Sir Yellow 1973 TV Series Bodyguard
The Tomorrow People 1973 TV Series Android
Black Snake 1973 Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
Double Take 1972 Actor
Doctor Who 1972 TV Series Minotaur
Vampire Circus 1972 Strongman (as Dave Prowse)
The Chastity Belt 1972 Sir Grumbel (as Dave Prowse)
A Clockwork Orange 1971 Julian
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 TV Series Various Characters
Up Pompeii 1971 Muscular Man (uncredited)
Carry on Henry VIII 1971 Bearded Torturer (as Dave Prowse)
From a Bird's Eye View 1970 TV Series First Vespucci
The Horror of Frankenstein 1970 The Monster (as Dave Prowse)
Ace of Wands 1970 TV Series Kal
Hark at Barker 1970 TV Series Masseur
Callan 1970 TV Series Wellington
Codename 1970 TV Series Bodyguard
Crossplot 1969 Wedding guest
Department S 1969 TV Series Adolfo
The Champions 1968-1969 TV Series Guest at Bey's party / Weightlifter
The Saint 1969 TV Series Tony
Softly Softly 1968 TV Series Johnny
The Beverly Hillbillies 1968 TV Series Emlyn MacGregor
The Wednesday Play 1968 TV Series Mooney
Hammerhead 1968 George
I Am What I Am 1967 Jelly-Roll's Partner (uncredited)
Boy Meets Girl 1967 TV Series Boy
Casino Royale 1967 Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
The Edge of Night 1956 TV Series Albert (1979)
Mission Backup Earth 2016 TV Mini-Series Professor Henry Wales
The Kindness of Strangers 2010 Frank Bryan
Open Mic'rs 2006 Dave Prowse
Order of the Sith: Downfall 2006 Short Commander Prowse
Saving 'Star Wars' 2004 Dave Prowse

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superman 1978 physical trainer: Christopher Reeve - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Best of Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Greatest Sci-Fi Movies 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2015 TV Series Himself
I Am Your Father 2015 Documentary Himself
Elstree 1976 2015 Documentary Himself
Die Abendschau 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree 2014 Documentary Himself
Taking Over the Asylum: The Making of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 2013 Video documentary short Himself (as Dave Prowse MBE)
Southern Troopers 2011 TV Series Himself
The Bloodiest Show on Earth: Making Vampire Circus 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The People vs. George Lucas 2010 Documentary Himself - Actor
Bring Back... Star Wars 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Legend of Hammer Vampires 2008 Video documentary Himself
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman 2006 Video documentary Himself
After They Were Famous 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual Spaceys 2004 TV Special Himself
Geeks 2004 Documentary Himself
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wizard World Chicago 2002 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Dave Prowse)
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story 1999 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest TV Moments 1999 TV Special Himself
Light Lunch 1998 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Return of the Ewok 1982 Video short Himself / Darth Vader
Arena 1981 TV Series documentary Himself
Star Games 1980 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Star Wars' 1977 TV Movie documentary Darth Vader (uncredited)
World of Sport 1964 TV Series 1964

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants 2016 TV Series Darth Vader
Star Wars at the BBC 2015 TV Short documentary Himself / Darth Vader (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series Darth Vader
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2013 TV Series documentary Monster
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Darth Vader
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Darth Vader
Prophets of Science Fiction 2012 TV Series documentary Darth Vader
20 to 1 2006-2010 TV Series documentary Darth Vader
Happy Birthday OU 2009 TV Movie documentary The Balcony
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Darth Vader
Hammer Horror 2007 Video documentary short Monster
Today Tonight 2007 TV Series Darth Vader
Heart of an Empire 2007 Documentary Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Science of Star Wars 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary
The Birth of the Lightsaber 2004 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004 Video Game Darth Vader
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary Himself / Darth Vader
Heroes of Comedy 1998 TV Series documentary
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary The Monster
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary The Monster
Muppet Babies 1986 TV Series Darth Vader
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 TV Movie Darth Vader

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#Quote
1 [on being replaced as the face of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)] Everybody comes up and says, 'It wasn't you they unmasked as Darth Vader, was it?' and I say, 'Well, no, it wasn't actually.' The guy that played Darth Vader was a guy called Sebastian Shaw and Sebastian Shaw was a good friend of Alec Guinness's and, by all accounts, he was out of work. He'd been out of work for a long period and he was having a bad time financially. And he said to Sir Alec, 'Could you do me a favour?' He said, 'I'm destitute. Is there any chance of you having a word with George Lucas to see if there's a possibility of a part in this movie?' So Alec had a word with George and George said, 'The only part we can offer you is the dying Darth Vader.' And all this was done without me knowing anything about it. I mean, I'm watching the movie and they unmask somebody completely different and then you sort of think, 'Well, why wasn't that me?' But then, when you learn how it all came about, you know, if it helped him in any way, then all well and good. But everybody comes up to me and says, 'Why wasn't it you that was unmasked as Darth Vader?' And I say, 'I'll tell you about it later.'
2 [on missing out on payments for his Darth Vader performance] I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you.
3 (2010) On his fight with prostate cancer: "I've won the fight and I'm feeling better than ever. Everyone was shocked by how well it all (treatment) went".
4 [Asked if during the making of the original Star Wars trilogy at any point, did he feel claustrophobic due to the mask and suit completely covering his whole body while at Collectormania 10 at Milton Keynes] "The suit was made to fit and was very, very comfortable, so no I didn't feel at all claustrophobic, but the only problem I did experience was that in the mask I got very, very hot!"
5 [on his work as the Green Cross Code Man]: "Best job I've ever had."
6 [on having to choose between playing Darth Vader and Chewbacca in "Star Wars"]: I took the part of the villain because everyone remembers the villain.

#Trademark
1 Darth Vader in the Star Wars films
2 Towering height and muscular physique

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