David Prowse, the man behind Darth Vader, dead at 85

David Prowse, the former body-builder who played Darth Vadar in the original Star Wars trilogy, is dead at the age of 85.

The English-born actor died early Sunday, according to his management company, Bowington Management.

Prowse was best know for his physical portrayal of the villain voiced by James Earl Jones.

But he played other iconic roles, including Frankenstein’s monster and the bodyguard Julian in “A Clockwork Orange“.

“May the force be with him, always,” said his agent, Thomas Bowington.

“Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

Prowse said in a 2016 interview that George Lucas had offered him a choice of portraying Chewbacca or Darth Vader.

“There’s a character called Chewbacca, which is like a huge teddy bear, or alternatively, there’s the main villain in the piece,” he said the director told him.

“Well, there’s no choice, is there?” Prowse quipped.

MSDEMST EC025starwars.jpgSTAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI, Darth Vader, Mark Hamill, 1983(FILE) British Actor Dave Prowse Dies Aged 85

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