David Prowse

David Prowse

Highest Rated: 94% The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Lowest Rated: 57% Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)

Birthday: Jul 1, 1935

Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

Although he played one of the most famous movie characters of the 20th century, David Prowse's face remained largely unknown to all but the most rabid fans of "Star Wars" (1977), following his chilling performance as super-villain, Darth Vader. In reality, Prowse was a gentle giant who spent most of his downtime away from the camera running a London fitness center and raising money for charity. A child of the Second World War, he built up his slender frame with weightlifting as his ticket out of the English provinces. Though he never realized his dream of winning the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition, Prowse parlayed his success as Britain's Heavyweight Weightlifting Champion into roles on television and in films. After memorable turns in Hammer Studio's "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970) and Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), Prowse was one of several oversized and undersized actors brought in to audition for "Star Wars." Though he was considered first for the part of the yeti-like Chewbacca, it was as the black-caped Lord of the Sith that Prowse attained pop culture sainthood through his return in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) to the trilogy's completion with "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Though his performances were revoiced by James Earl Jones, Prowse's association with the character made him a beloved personality among the international science fiction and fantasy community.

Highest rated movies

The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars
A Clockwork Orange
Return of the Jedi
The People That Time Forgot
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell




No Score Yet 47% I Am Your Father Self - 2015
81% 39% Elstree 1976 Self $11.8K 2015
82% 94% Return of the Jedi Darth Vader (Character) $309.3M 1983
94% 97% The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader (Character) $291.9M 1980
63% 26% The People That Time Forgot Executioner (Character) - 1977
92% 96% Star Wars Darth Vader (Character) $345 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Cargo Harry (Character) - 1974
57% 48% Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell The Creature (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Suzy Jonathan Walker (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 41% Up the Chastity Belt Sir Grumbel (Character) - 1971
87% 93% A Clockwork Orange Julian (Character) - 1971


No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission Backup Earth Prof. Henry Wales (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1968