Athlete, Actor, Cancer Survivor and a guy you don’t want to disappoint
David Prowse is best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. His commanding stature (6’6") undoubtedly influenced George Lucas’ decision to use him in the iconic role, however, because Lucas wanted a deeper voice (and American accent) for the character, his lines were later re-recorded by James Earl Jones. It’s interesting to note that David’s script for the second Star Wars movie did not include the revelation that Luke was his son. He didn’t learn about it until he saw The Empire Strikes Back in the theater, like the rest of us.
Prowse began attracting attention as a weightlifter and represented England in the 1962 British Empire Games in Australia. He continues to work as a personal trainer and his client list (past and present) includes the likes of: Christopher Reeve (for his role in Superman), Daniel Day Lewis (The Last of the Mohicans), Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Heath M.P., Peter Davidson, H.RH. Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Azziz of Saudi Arabia, and Stephanie Powers.
One of his first credited movie roles was as Julian the bodyguard in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. On TV he played the star of The Green X Code, a series of public service safety commercials for kids. His genre appearances include: Vampire Circus, The Time Monster, The Tomorrow People, Space 1999, The Beta Cloud, BBC’s The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, Ace of Wands, Casino Royale, The Horror of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. He had notable appearances: as The Black Knight in the Terry Gilliam film Jabberwocky and in The Saint TV series.
David is a cancer survivor and has worked tirelessly as a spokesperson for various cancer charities and causes. He currently serves as the Commander in Chief to the 501st Star Wars club. He’ll be reviewing his troops and meeting fans here in Denver at StarFest all three days.