It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of Darth Vader actor David Prowse. He was 85.
The news is still fresh and is incredibly sad for fans of Star Wars who were there from the very beginning when Prowse walked into his first scene with the late Carrie Fisher and the late Peter Cushing as the menacing Darth Vader in 1977’s Star Wars, which would later be renamed, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Outside of the original Star Wars trilogy, Prowse, known to all as Dave, started in a handful of projects before and after the film that would make him a household name. Examples of his work include the 1970 movie The Horror of Frankenstein and the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange.
Prowse retired from life in the spotlight in 2017 due to failing health at the insistence of his family. With this announcement, he also retired from attending fan events.
A flood of people have paid tribute to Prowse on social media, including The Mandalorian star Carl Weathers (who plays Greef Karga in the series). The actor posted this to Twitter:
And elsewhere on Twitter, the support for Prowse and his legacy began pouring in from people all over who admired his work — especially for his acting as the fearsome Darth Vader.
Prowse is survived by his wife, Norma, and three children. He died after a short illness. On behalf of Star Wars fans around the world, we send our condolences to his family. He will always be one half of the duo that bought Darth Vader to the screen in the original trilogy. Rest in peace, Mr. Prowse. May the Force be with You.