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11-29-2020, 05:12 AM   #1
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Darth Vader ( original actor ) has passed

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David Prowse, the British weightlifting champion and man behind the Darth Vader mask, has died. He was 85.
. . . Prowse wore the Darth Vader costume in the original Star Wars trilogy, while James Earl Jones provided the villain's iconic voice. At a towering 6-foot-7 tall, the actor was originally offered a choice between the role of Vader or Chewbacca. In an interview with NPR in 2008, Prowse explained why he chose the villain.

"Well, if you think back on all the movies that you've ever seen where there are goodies and baddies ... you always remember the baddie," he said.
David Prowse, Actor Behind Darth Vader, Dies At 85 : NPR


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I met him when I was a young lad, appearing on a kids TV show in 1980 (or thereabouts). He was ever such a nice chap. Sad to hear he's gone, but 85 is a decent innings, all things considered.

As well as playing Darth Vader, he was the UK's "Green Cross Code" man, appearing in a long-running series of national public service broadcasts teaching kids to take precautions when crossing roads...
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. . .As well as playing Darth Vader, he was the UK's "Green Cross Code" man, appearing in a long-running series of national public service broadcasts teaching kids to take precautions when crossing roads...
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in 1975, he became an integral part of British culture when he played the “Green Cross Code Man,” a superhero invented to promote a British road safety campaign for children. His long association with the campaign earned him an The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) honor in 2000.
Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dead at 85 - Variety!

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