David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died, the Associated Press reported. He was 85.
George Lucas asked Prowse to audition for Star Wars after seeing the 6-foot-6 actor in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. Prowse had his choice of playing Chewbacca or Vader, and opted for the latter because, as he told the BBC, "you always remember the bad guy." Plus, he added, he didn't fancy wearing Chewbacca's fur suit.
Prowse played Luke Skywalker's erstwhile father in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, but famously, his voice didn't make it into the films. He said all Vader's lines, but the voice of James Earl Jones was later dubbed in.
RIP David Prowse, 85.— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) November 29, 2020
The man behind the Darth Vader mask and suit in STAR WARS. (He had earlier appeared as a muscle-man in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE)
He spoke all of Darth Vader's lines on set, but was dubbed by James Earl Jones in post production.
Here's how he originally sounded pic.twitter.com/fAZLpzxtuk