Dave Prowse M.B.E.

01.07.1935 – 28.11.2020

David Charles Prowse was British Heavyweight Champion bodybuilder and, for many years, fitness consultant to Harrods. He had three of his own gymnasiums in London, and had been the personal trainer to many celebrities and Royals – most famously, Christopher Reeve, who he helped prepare for his role in Superman.

Dave was the Green Cross Code Man between 1971 – 1990, and known around the world as the man who played one of cinemas most iconic characters – Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars: A New Hope (directed by George Lucas),  Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (directed by Irvin Kershner), and Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi (directed by Richard Marquand). 

His numerous other film and television work include the James Bond spoof, Casino Royale playing Frankenstein’s creature (directed by John Huston, Robert Parrish and Ken Hughes); Crossplot (directed by Alvin Rakoff), Carry On Henry (directed by Gerald Thomas), Doctor Who: The Time Monster, The Tomorrow People, Arthur Of The Britons, Callan, Hammerhead, Departments S, The Saint, The Champions, Space 1999, Deadly Sweet (directed by Tino Brass), The People That Time Forgot (directed by Kevin Connor) Gulliver’s Travels (directed by Peter Hunt), Jabberwocky (directed Terry Gilliam), The Kindness Of Strangers (director Deborah Hadfield), Shakespeare’s As You Like It with Helen Mirren for the BBC, and A Clockwork Orange (directed Stanley Kubrick). 

Some of his many television comedy appearances are: Hark At Baker, The Two Ronnies, The Benny Hill Show, The Morecambe and Wise Show, The Kenneth Williams Show. For Hammer Films he appeared in the Vampire Circum (directed by Robert Young), The Horror of Frankenstein (directed by Jimmy Sangster), and Monster From Hell (directed by Terence Fisher), 

His final piece of work was playing Professor Henry Wales in the mini series, Mission Backup Earth, in the epsiode, ‘Eva’.

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