In British cinema and television, David Charles Prowse was an English bodybuilder, weightlifter, and character actor. In the initial Star Wars trilogy in 2015, he was best known worldwide for physically playing Darth Vader, starring in a documentary entitled I Am Your Father about that role.
As the first Green Cross Code guy, a character used in road safety ads aimed at children, Prowse had established himself as a popular figure in British culture prior to his role as Vader.
Prowse died after a short illness on 28November 2020, aged 85.
Just heard the wonderful David prowse has died. While I love James Earl Jones voice I think we forget how much of a physical performance David brought to the role. May he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/Y8KieAhjux
Prowse was well known as the Green Cross Code Guy in the United Kingdom, a superhero invented in 1975 to promote a children’s road safety initiative. He earned the MBE in 2000 as a result of his involvement with the initiative, which lasted between 1971 and 1990.
He played Frank Bryan in The Kindness of Strangers, a British independent film produced by Queen Bee Films, in May 2010. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
In July2007, for the first-ever Star Wars Celebration event held outside the United States, Prowse joined several other films from the Star Ws. It was under the ownership of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Cards Inc. Gang, at London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre. The occasion was to celebrate Star Wars’ 30th anniversary.
From 1963 on, Prowse married Norma Scammell and was the father of three children. He was a leading member of the Rugby Club of Bristol. From 1963, Prowse lived in Addiscombe, Croydon, in southern London.
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