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David Prowse is a Actor British born on 1 july 1935 at Bristol (United-kingdom)

David Prowse

David Prowse
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Birth name David Charles Prowse
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 1 july 1935 (84 years) at Bristol (United-kingdom)
Awards Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July 1935) is an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor. He played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, though the character's voice was provided by James Earl Jones. He also played the Green Cross Code man, a character used in British road safety advertising.


Prowse was brought up on the Southmead housing estate in Bristol, winning a scholarship to Bristol Grammar School. Prowse attended Bristol Grammar School. In his teens, Prowse was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm) tall, and developed an interest in bodybuilding. His early jobs included a bouncer at a dance hall, where he met his future wife, and a lifeguard at Henleaze Swimming Pool. Following his successes from 1961 in the British heavyweight weightlifting championship, he left Bristol in 1963 to work for a London weightlifting company.
In 1999, it was rumoured that thieves broke into Prowse's home and stole the lightsaber he used in the Star Wars trilogy and several of his other possessions. However, after a discussion with Prowse on 4 May 2007, he said that the "lightsaber" was actually a toy and not an original prop. He explained that the story printed about the break-in concentrated on the supposed "lightsaber" and not on the jewellery and other valuables taken. He further said that he was never given any of the props from the Star Wars films.

Prowse also became fitness consultant to Harrods, ripped up phonebooks under the stage name ‘Jack the Ripper’, and opened a series of gymnasiums, notably ‘The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre’ in London.

Prowse has been married since 1963 and is the father of three children. He is a prominent supporter of Bristol Rugby Club.

Health problems
Prowse has suffered from arthritis for much of his life. That has led to replacements of both hips and his ankle being fused, as well as several revisionary surgeries on his hip replacements. Prowse's arthritic symptoms first appeared at age 13, but seemingly disappeared when he took up competitive weightlifting. However, they reappeared in 1990.

In 2001, Prowse's left arm became paralysed, followed by his right. He was diagnosed with septic arthritis caused by an infection he attributes to an allergy to some of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs he was prescribed, which nearly killed him. The amount of surgery he has had has also drastically reduced his height. In his younger days he stood 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm).

Today, Prowse works with various arthritis organisations in Britain and is vice-president of the Physically Handicapped and Able-bodied Association.

In March 2009, Prowse revealed that he was suffering from prostate cancer and has undergone radiation therapy since the beginning of 2009 at the Royal Marsden Hospital in south London. He discovered that he had the cancer following his participation in a charity event in aid of a prostate cancer charity, where a representative of the charity asked whether, as a man over 50, he had had a PSA test The conversation stayed in his mind, and on a future visit to a general practitioner, he requested the blood test that eventually led to diagnosis. As of 2009, he is in remission.

In November 2014 the Daily Mirror reported Prowse had dementia. However Prowse himself denied this, admitting instead he had problems with his memory, which he put down to age.

Best films

Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Usually with

George Lucas
George Lucas
(5 films)
Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill
(6 films)
Phil Tippett
Phil Tippett
(3 films)
Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew
(6 films)
Kenny Baker
Kenny Baker
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of David Prowse (28 films)

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Ravedactyl: Project Evolution
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Coolio, Donald Faison, David Prowse
Roles Sunder
Rating54% 2.7182152.7182152.7182152.7182152.718215
In the story, the protagonist acquires a power that he cannot fully control, that will allow him to unlock the secrets to humanity's existence.
Comic Book: The Movie, 1h46
Directed by Mark Hamill
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Superhero films
Actors Donna D'Errico, Mark Hamill, Jess Harnell, Billy West, Roger Rose, Bruce Campbell
Roles Himself
Rating60% 3.0008053.0008053.0008053.0008053.000805
The story revolves around comic book fan Don Swan and his battle against a fictional film studio which is about to announce a film based on his favorite superhero, Commander Courage.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning, 1h33
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Ghost films, L'enfance marginalisée, Children's films, Films about school violence
Actors Steve Guttenberg, Lori Loughlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Michael McKean, Brendan Ryan Barrett, Richard Moll
Roles Kibosh
Rating45% 2.2682752.2682752.2682752.2682752.268275
At the beginning of the movie Casper is on a train full of ghosts, with no idea of where he is and is completely unaware that he is a ghost himself. Instead of going to Ghost Central, where the train is headed, he is kicked off the train. Casper then finds himself in the city of Deedstown, where he unintentionally scares all of the town's citizens. Only then does Casper realize that he is in fact a ghost.
Return of the Jedi, 2h14
Directed by Richard Marquand
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse
Roles Darth Vader
Rating82% 4.1484754.1484754.1484754.1484754.148475
Luke Skywalker initiates a plan to rescue Han Solo from the crime lord Jabba the Hutt with the help of Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace on Tatooine disguised as a bounty hunter with Chewbacca as her prisoner. Lando is already there disguised as a guard. Leia releases Han from his carbonite prison, but she is captured and enslaved. Luke arrives soon afterward but after a tense standoff, he is captured. After Luke survives his battle with Jabba's Rancor, Jabba sentences him and Han to death by feeding them to the Sarlacc. Luke frees himself and battles Jabba's guards. During the chaos, Boba Fett, who has remained at Jabba's palace since delivering Han, attempts to attack Luke, but Han inadvertently knocks him into the Sarlacc pit. Meanwhile, Leia strangles Jabba to death, and Luke destroys Jabba's sail barge as the group escapes. While the others rendezvous with the Rebel Alliance, Luke returns to Dagobah where he finds that Yoda is dying. Before he dies, Yoda confirms that Darth Vader, once known as Anakin Skywalker, is Luke's father, and there is "another Skywalker". The spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi confirms that this other Skywalker is Luke's twin sister, Leia. Obi-Wan tells Luke that he must fight Vader again to defeat the Empire.
Return of the Ewok, 24minutes
Directed by Irvin Kershner, David Tomblin
Genres Science fiction, Documentary
Themes Space adventure films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Warwick Davis, Harrison Ford, Roy Kinnear, Mark Hamill, Robert Watts, Carrie Fisher
Roles Himself / Darth Vader
Rating61% 3.0843653.0843653.0843653.0843653.084365
Return of the Ewok focuses on the fictional account of Davis' decision to become an actor and act as Wicket in Return of the Jedi (notably, however, Davis refers to the film as Revenge of the Jedi, its temporary pre-release title). It also follows his transformation into Wicket. As Warwick and as Wicket, he visits and interacts with many of the cast and crew of the movie and then characters of the movie. As Warwick, he goes to Elstree Studios where he interacts with the cast, both in and out of character. At one point, he even interacts with Luke Skywalker as he jumps out of a movie screen. As Wicket, he goes to Dagobah to see Yoda, and the Death Star to see Darth Vader, and is chased by Boba Fett.
The Empire Strikes Back, 2h4
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about disabilities, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse
Roles Darth Vader
Rating84% 4.2117154.2117154.2117154.2117154.211715
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance has been driven from their former base on Yavin IV by the Galactic Empire. Princess Leia leads a contingent including Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in a new base on the icy planet Hoth. The Imperial Fleet, led by Darth Vader, continues to hunt for Rebels’ new base by dispatching probe droids across the galaxy.
The Star Wars Holiday Special, 1h37
Directed by George Lucas, David Acomba, Steve Binder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Christmas films, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Musical films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
Roles Darth Vader (archive footage)
Rating21% 1.0621551.0621551.0621551.0621551.062155
On Life Day, Chewbacca, accompanied by Han Solo, is headed home to see his family. Along the way, the duo are chased by two Star Destroyers, but they escape into hyperspace.
Star Wars
Star Wars (1977)
, 2h1
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew
Roles Darth Vader (performer)
Rating82% 4.115064.115064.115064.115064.11506
The galaxy is in a civil war, and spies for the Rebel Alliance have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a heavily armed and armored space station capable of destroying entire planets. Rebel leader Princess Leia is in possession of the plans, but her ship is captured by Imperial forces under the command of the evil Lord Darth Vader. Before she is captured Leia hides the plans in the memory of an astromech droid called R2-D2, along with a holographic recording. The droid, accompanied by fellow protocol droid C-3PO, escape from the captured ship to the desert planet Tatooine.
The People That Time Forgot, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Films based on science fiction novels, Animaux préhistoriques
Actors Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Thorley Walters, Shane Rimmer
Roles Executioner
Rating54% 2.7028552.7028552.7028552.7028552.702855
Major Ben McBride (Patrick Wayne) organises a mission to the Antarctic wastes to search for his friend Bowen Tyler (Doug McClure) who has been missing in the region for several years. A British naval survey ship takes them to Caprona. McBride's party: the paleontologist Norfolk (Thorley Walters), gunner and mechanic Hogan (Shane Rimmer) and photographer Lady Charlotte 'Charlie' Cunningham (Sarah Douglas) fly over the mountain wall of Caprona in an amphibious aircraft, but are attacked by a pterodactyl and forced down. They find themselves in a world populated by primitive warriors and terrifying prehistoric creatures, all of whom they must evade in order to get back safely to their ship. They meet a cave-girl, Ajor (Dana Gillespie), who can speak English (she was taught by Tyler); she leads them to the land of a race of samurai-like warriors called the Nargas, who are keeping Tyler prisoner. When the volcano that the Nargas worship erupts, they must escape the cataclysm engulfing the land. Tyler sacrifices himself to cover their retreat.
Jabberwocky, 1h45
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Poésie, Adaptation d'un poème
Actors Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Annette Badland, Terry Gilliam
Roles Red Herring / Black Knight
Rating61% 3.099633.099633.099633.099633.09963
Le Jabberwock, bête immonde, ravage le royaume de Bruno le Contestable. Ce dernier promet la main de sa fille à celui qui réussira à tuer le monstre.
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, 1h39
Directed by Terence Fisher
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Peter Cushing, David Prowse, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, John Stratton, Patrick Troughton
Roles Monster
Rating63% 3.197853.197853.197853.197853.19785
Baron Victor Frankenstein (Cushing) is housed at an insane asylum where he has been made a surgeon at the asylum, and has a number of privileges, as he holds secret information on Adolf Klauss, the asylum's corrupt and perverted director (John Stratton). The Baron, under the alias of Dr. Carl Victor, uses his position to continue his experiments in the creation of man.
Callan (1974)
, 1h46
Directed by Don Sharp
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Edward Woodward, Eric Porter, Carl Möhner, Catherine Schell, Peter Egan, Russell Hunter
Roles Arthur
Rating69% 3.4898753.4898753.4898753.4898753.489875
David Callan (Edward Woodward), a leading intelligence agent/assassin in the employment of S.I.S., was forced into retirement due to him losing his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. Colonel Hunter (Eric Porter), his former employer promises Callan that he'll be resumed to active status as long as he follows his orders. But as ever, Callan refuses to act until he knows exactly why Schneider has been marked for death...