Darth Vader David Prowse Dies At 85

The actors who starred in the original Star Wars movie continue to pass on to the great space beyond. Most recent, this past weekend, was the man inside Darth Vader’s black suit, David Prowse.

Prowse died on Saturday at age 85 after suffering from an illness. Though James Earl Jones voiced the famous villain in “Star Wars,” Prowse was the physical actor who portrayed Darth Vader. In a post on StarWars.com, creator George Lucas wrote a touching tribute to Prowse. “David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character,”

George Lucas, Mark Hamill and More Pay Tribute to David Prowse – Variety

For those keeping track, even loosely so, the actor who played Chewbacca, Peter Mahew is gone, Obi Wan Kenobi, Sir Alec Guinness, was the first I believe (Peter Cushing, actually, see comments) to pass on. Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia has also is gone. Who else from the iconic first movie have traveled beyond this plane of existence?

R.I.P David Prowse.

6 thoughts on “Darth Vader David Prowse Dies At 85

  1. Actually, Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) died in 1994, six years before Alec Guinness. Other Star Wars actors who have become one with the Force include Phil Brown (Uncle Owen), Shelagh Fraser (Aunt Beru), Kenny Baker (R2-D2 and other small-ish characters, including Paploo the Ewok), Alex McCrindle (Gen. Dodonna), and Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti). I know there are more, but these are the most prominent actors/roles I can recall.

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