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David Prowse

David Prowse in 2006
Born July 1, 1935 (1935-07-01) (age 72)
Flag of the United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
Years active 1967-present
Spouse(s) Norma Prowse
Official site The Official Dave Prowse Web Site

David "Dave" Prowse, MBE (born July 1, 1935 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is an English body-builder, weightlifter and actor, most widely known for his role as the physical form of Darth Vader. His peak height was at 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) and he weighed 265 lbs (120 kg). Prowse is a native of Bristol, where he attended Bristol Grammar School. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (465x619, 224 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Prowse Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... This article is about the English city. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... This article is about the English city. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... This article is about the English city. ... Bristol Grammar School is a co-educational public school in Clifton, Bristol, England. ...

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Darth Vader

Arguably, Prowse is best known for playing the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Although he spoke the dialogue during the production of the films, James Earl Jones overdubbed the character's voice in post-production, something for which Prowse bears some resentment towards Star Wars creator George Lucas, since he was never told that his voice was not going to be used. However, Lucas claims he wanted a 'darker voice' (Lucas has stated that Darth Vader had to have a deep, reverberating voice) that Prowse could not provide and never intended to use Prowse's voice. In the 2004 documentary, Empire of Dreams, actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia Organa in the original trilogy films, quipped that they nicknamed Prowse "Darth Farmer" because of his un-intimidating West Country accent. And in the lightsaber battle scenes, Prowse's fencing coach Bob Anderson (who also taught the sword fighters in The Princess Bride and Lord Of The Rings) took his place as a stunt double. Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Return of the Jedi is the third film of the original trilogy. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Empire of Dreams is a documentary about the Star Wars saga. ... Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist. ... Princess Leia Organa Solo of Alderaan (born Leia Amidala Skywalker) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... The West Country dialects and West Country accents are generic terms applied to any of several English dialects and accents used by much of the indigenous population of the southwestern part of England, the area popularly known as the West Country. ... The lightsaber is the name of a weapon that plays a key role in the movies, games and novels that constitute the Star Wars universe. ... For other people named Bob Anderson, see Bob Anderson (disambiguation) Bob Anderson (born September 15, 1922 in Hampshire) is a British actor and fencer. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action fantasy epic films; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). ...

Darth Vader (Prowse) makes his entrance in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Darth Vader (Prowse) makes his entrance in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

To Prowse, the most annoying incident came during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. The major plot twist in Empire is the revelation of who Luke Skywalker's father is. In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Skywalker is told by Obi-Wan Kenobi that his father was betrayed and murdered by a young pupil named Darth Vader. However, in Empire, Vader himself reveals that he is actually Skywalker's father. According to Empire director Irvin Kershner, the shooting script had a false page with Vader's dialogue implicating Kenobi as the murderer of Luke's father, but at the time, only he and producer Gary Kurtz were privy to the knowledge that Darth Vader and Luke's father were the same person. Moments before the scene was filmed, Mark Hamill, the actor playing Luke, was taken aside privately and told the truth by Kershner, who encouraged him to ignore the dialogue Prowse was speaking and "use your own rhythm compared to what he's doing." During filming, Prowse performed the false lines while the real lines were later spoken by James Earl Jones in post production - the majority of the cast, including Prowse, were not aware of this plot twist until the first screening of the finished film. In later years, Prowse claimed he would sometimes deliver joke versions of his lines in Empire and Return of the Jedi. Still shot from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Still shot from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi or Ben Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Irvin Kershner (born April 29, 1923) is an American film director born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Gary Kurtz (born July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California) was the producer on Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...


Prowse lobbied to be included in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, reprising his role as the fully-armored Darth Vader, but his requests fell on deaf ears. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Episode III as well as its predecessor, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, says he begged Lucas to have the costume designers build a suit that would fit him despite the fact that he is full five inches (12.7 cm) shorter than Prowse. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Anakin Skywalker is the central character in the Star Wars universe. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ...


Prowse continues to associate himself with his role in the Star Wars films and is involved in the convention circuit. Despite this, he has not been included in recent reunions of the original cast, such as those for the Empire of Dreams documentary and the 2005 Vanity Fair cover. American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ...


Recently he played a small cameo role in Star Wars fanfilms Order of the Sith: Vengeance and its sequel Downfall - Order of the Sith - alongside Jeremy Bulloch and Michael Sheard. These fanfilms were made in England in support of Save the Children. Bulloch as Boba Fett (right) in The Empire Strikes Back. ... Michael Sheard Michael Sheard (born 18 June 1940 in Aberdeen, died 31 August 2005) was a Scottish actor who featured in a large number of films and television programmes. ...


Other roles

Within the United Kingdom, Prowse is also well-known as the Green Cross Code Man, as a result of his association with the Green Cross Code road safety campaign for children which ran between 1971 and 1990 and for which he received the MBE in 2000. The video of the Green Cross Code can be found here. // Overview The Green Cross Code is a brand created by the UK National Road Safety Committee (now the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, RoSPA) to raise awareness of pedestrian safety in the UK. The multimedia Green Cross Code campaign began in 1970 and continues today. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

David Prowse in an episode of the 1968 TV series The Champions
David Prowse in an episode of the 1968 TV series The Champions

He had a role as F. Alexander's bodyguard Julian in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, and as a circus strongman in 1972's Vampire Circus. He played the Minotaur in the 1972 Doctor Who serial The Time Monster, and had a small role as Hotblack Desiato's bodyguard in the 1981 BBC TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He also appeared in the first series of The Tomorrow People on LWT and as a bodyguard in 'Callan'. David Prowse in a cameo role from an episode of the 1968 TV series The Champions This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... David Prowse in a cameo role from an episode of the 1968 TV series The Champions This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Alexandra Bastedo, Stuart Damon, and William Gaunt as The Champions. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Vampire Circus is a 1972 horror film directed by Robert Young for Hammer Film Productions. ... In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (Greek: Μινόταυρος, Minótauros) was a creature that was said to be part man and part bull. ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... The Time Monster is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from May 20 to June 24, 1972. ... There are many minor characters in the various versions of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. ... The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ... The Tomorrow People is a childrens science fiction television series, devised by Roger Price and produced by Thames Television for Britains ITV network between 1973 and 1979. ...


Prowse played Frankenstein's monster thrice. He first appeared in Casino Royale. He then appeared in The Horror of Frankenstein in a more or less recognizable form. In Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, he was heavily made up. Boris Karloff as Frankensteins Monster in Frankenstein (1931). ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Horror of Frankenstein is a 1970 film by Hammer Film Productions that is both a semi-parody and remake of the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein. ... Peter Cushing in his final appearance as the Baron in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is a 1974 British horror film from Hammer Film Productions. ...


Prowse also made two uncredited appearances on The Benny Hill Show. On Hill's first show for Thames Television in 1969, he played a briefs-clad muscleman in the "Ye Olde Wishing Well" quickie, and in 1984 he showed off his muscles in a sketch set to the song "Stupid Cupid." The earlier routine was also featured in the 1974 movie The Best of Benny Hill, in which he was credited. Born Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21, 1924/1925 - April 20, 1992), Benny Hill was a prolific comic British actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... US DVD Cover The Best of Benny Hill is a 1974 film spinoff from the television comedy series The Benny Hill Show. ...


In June 2006, he played the role of a cannibal gardener in a new English independent film called Perfect Woman produced by Olympus Productions Limited. June 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Extraordinary renditions. ... Cannibalism is the act or practice of eating members of the same species, e. ...


Personal life

Prowse represented England in the weightlifting event at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... A weightlifter about to jerk 180 kg[1] Weightlifting is a sport in which competitors attempt to lift heavy weights mounted on steel bars called barbells, the execution of which is a combination of power, flexibility, technique, mental and physical strength. ... Countries which participated The 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Perth, Western Australia, Australia from November 22 to December 1. ... The Perth skyline viewed from the Swan River This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ...


Prowse is married and has three children.


He helped train Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman after lobbying for the part himself. In a television interview he related how his response to being told "We've found our Superman" was "Thank you very much." Then he was told that Reeve had been chosen and he was only to be a trainer.[1] Christopher DOlier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


He also trained Cary Elwes for his role as Westley in The Princess Bride. He is also a notable graduate of Bristol Grammar School. Prowse is now the official leader of the 501st Legion, a fan group dedicated to Star Wars costuming. Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (born October 26, 1962) is an English actor credited as Cary Elwes, best known for his performances in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Saw. ... The Princess Bride is a 1973 novel written by William Goldman and originally published in the USA by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. ... Bristol Grammar School is a co-educational public school in Clifton, Bristol, England. ... The Legion stands guard at movie premiers and charity events. ...


In 1999, it was rumored that thieves broke into Prowse's home and stole the lightsaber he used in the Star Wars trilogy and several of his other possessions [2]. However, after a discussion with Dave Prowse on May 4, 2007, he said that the "lightsaber" was actually a toy and not an original prop. He explained that the story printed about the break-in concentrated on the supposed "lightsaber" and not on the jewlery and other valuables taken. He further said that he was never given any of the props from the Star Wars films. The lightsaber is the name of a weapon that plays a key role in the movies, games and novels that constitute the Star Wars universe. ...


He is a prominent supporter of Bristol Rugby club. Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ...


Health problems

Prowse has suffered from arthritis for much of his life. That has led to replacements of both hips and his ankle being fused, as well as several revisionary surgeries on his hip replacements [3]. Prowse's arthritic symptoms first appeared at age 13, but seemingly disappeared when he took up competitive weightlifting. However, they reappeared in 1990. [4] Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions where there is damage caused to the joints of the body. ...


In 2001, Prowse's left arm became paralyzed, followed by his right. He was diagnosed with septic arthritis caused by an infection he blames on an allergy to some of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs he was prescribed. It nearly killed him. ‹ The template below (Taginfo) is being considered for deletion. ...


Today, Prowse works with various arthritis organizations in Britain and is vice-president of the Physically Handicapped and Able-bodied Association.


Popular culture

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