George Lucas, Mark Hamill and More Pay Tribute To Star Wars Icon Dave Prowse
Earlier this weekend, Dave Prowse passed away at the age of 85. Prowse had a long career in film and television including roles in A Clockwork Orange, Doctor Who, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV series. However, Prowse was best known for portraying Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, as his physical performance was matched with James Earl Jones’ voice. Via StarWars.com, the creator of the franchise, George Lucas, paid tribute to Prowse.
“David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character,” said Lucas. “He made Vader leap off the page and on to the big screen, with an imposing stature and movement performance to match the intensity and undercurrent of Vader’s presence. David was up for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a memorable, tragic figure. May he rest in peace.”
Mark Hamill also shared his thoughts about the actor who played his on-screen father.
So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020
Additionally, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, and artist Drew Struzan shared their tributes as well.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) November 29, 2020
More sad news. Dave has gone. I don’t think 3PO ever faced Vader’s mighty presence on set, other than as a bag of bits on Chewie’s shoulders in the carbon freezer. But Dave’s iconic figure dominated the finished film in ’77 and has done so ever since. And will continue to do so.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) November 29, 2020
— Drew Struzan (@DrewStruzan) November 29, 2020
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