David Prowse

Birthday: Jul 1, 1935
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK
British actor David Prowse began weightlifting at the age of 16 and became his country's champion in that field five years later, holding on to the title for two years. Theatrical producers and filmakers found the imposed Prowse to be an excellent type for supernatural roles; he was cast as Death in the play -- Don't Let Summer Come -- principally because the role required Prowse to pick up and carry off one of the cast members. Following a bit in his first film, Casino Royale (1967), Prowse settled into horror films. He wasn't quite able to carry on the Karloff tradition as the Monster in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) due to rather unimaginative makeup and uninspired direction. The actor's subsquent monster in Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1972) was more effective (with a truly disgusting makeup job), as was his role as wheelchair-bound Patrick Magee's foreboding bodyguard in A Clockwork Orange (1971). Prowse's widest international exposure occured in three films in which neither his voice was heard nor his face seen. He was paid $12,000 for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977) Prowse had his voice dubbed by James Earl Jones, who received $10,000. Both Prowse and Jones repeated their work in the Star Wars sequels Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); but when David Prowse's black helmet mask was finally pulled off in Return of the Jedi (1983), the closeup was of an entirely different actor with a whole new voice!

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% Elstree 1976 Actor 2016
No Score Yet I Am Your Father Actor 2015
72% The People vs. George Lucas Actor 2011
No Score Yet Zombie Jamboree: 25th Anniversary Convention for "Night of the Living Dead" Actor 2008
No Score Yet Open Mic'rs Actor 2006
No Score Yet Saving Star Wars Actor 2003
40% Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Monster 2003
81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Darth Vader 1983
No Score Yet From Star Wars to Jedi - The Making of a Saga Actor 1983
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader $4.6M 1980
No Score Yet As You Like It Charles 1979
50% The People That Time Forgot Executioner 1977
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Darth Vader 1977
50% Jabberwocky Red Herring Knight/Black Knight 1977
No Score Yet Confessions of a Pop Performer Man at cinema 1975
No Score Yet Blacksnake Walker's Brother 1973
80% Vampire Circus Strongman 1972
89% A Clockwork Orange Julian 1971
50% The Horror of Frankenstein The Monster 1971
No Score Yet Carry On Henry Warder 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Emlyn MacGregor
  • 1968
No Score Yet Doctor Who
1963-1989
Minotaur
67% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1981
Bodyguard

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