Actor Dave Prowse poses for photographers after receiving an award for services to charity and road safety from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in this June 6 file photo.—Reuters
Actor Dave Prowse poses for photographers after receiving an award for services to charity and road safety from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in this June 6 file photo.—Reuters

LONDON: David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday.

The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema’s best-known villains.

Director George Lucas opted to dub another voice onto Prowse’s portrayal of the towering, masked antagonist Darth Vader in Star Wars,” The Empire strikes back and Return of the Jedi.

Prowse was honoured by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for services to charity and road safety.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2020

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