Date Of Birth:
1 July 1935
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Tall and broad-shouldered, David Prowse played the menacing villain Darth Vader in the 1977 film Star Wars. The film was a hit and Vader became David Prowse's signature role, one he played in two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). (Younger versions of Vader -- then named Anakin Skywalker -- were played by actors Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). In the 2016 prequel Rogue One, the adult Darth Vader was played onscreen by 6'7" British actor Spencer Wilding; Prowse was aged 81 by then, a little too old to take on the role.) David Prowse was once a competitive weightlifter, and his physique was his entree into the movies: he also appeared in the films Hammerhead (1968), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and as the wheelchair-carrying bodyguard in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). He published an autobiography, Straight From the Force's Mouth, in 2011.
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