David Charles Prowse MBE (1 July 1935 - 28 November 2020) was an English bodybuilder, weightlifting athlete, fitness trainer and character actor born in Bristol.
He was best known for physically portraying Darth Vader in costume in the original Star Wars trilogy, helped by his height at the time (6ft7). However, due to Prowse's voice not sounding deep or intimidating at all (hear for yourself), Vader's voice was performed by James Earl Jones.
He served as Christopher Reeve's personal trainer to get him into shape for the role of Superman in Superman: The Movie and its sequels, and he was also Cary Elwes' personal trainer for his role as Westley in The Princess Bride.
On a more trivia note, he left a mark in British culture as the first Green Cross Code man, a character aimed at children in road safety ads.
He retired in 2016, citing health problems and old age. He passed away on November 28, 2020 at age 85.
Works on TV Tropes he appeared in:
- Casino Royale (1967) — Frankenstein's Creature (Uncredited Role)
- The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) — Frankenstein's Monster
- Carry On Henry (1971) — Bearded Torturer
- A Clockwork Orange (1971) — Julian
- Up the Chastity Belt (1972) — Sir Grumbel
- Vampire Circus (1972) — Strongman
- Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) — Monster
- Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975) — Man at Cinema
- Jabberwocky (1977) — Red Herring/Black Knights
- A New Hope (1977) — Darth Vader
- The People That Time Forgot (1977) — Executioner
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) — Darth Vader
- Return of the Jedi (1983) — Darth Vader
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1968) — Emlyn MacGregor
- ''The Champions (1968) — Weightlifter (Uncredited Role)/Guest at Bey's party (Uncredited Role)
- The Saint (1969) — Tony
- Department S (1969) — Adolfo
- The Benny Hill Show (1969 and 1984) — Muscleman (Uncredited Role)/Strongman (Uncredited Role)
- Callan (1970) — Wellington
- Up Pompeii (1971) — Muscular Man (Uncredited Role)
- Doctor Who: The Time Monster (1972) — Minotaur
- Arthur of the Britons (1973) — Col/Brosk
- Doctor at Sea (1974) — Nobby
- Little House on the Prairie (1975) — Sawmill Foreman (Uncredited Role)
- Space: 1999 (1976) — Cloud Creature
- The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (1981) — Bodyguard
- Crossbow (1989) — Cassius