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      David Prowse

      David Prowse

      Highest Rated: 94% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 63% The People That Time Forgot (1977)

      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

      Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back poster Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope poster Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope A Clockwork Orange poster
      A Clockwork Orange
      Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi poster Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi The People That Time Forgot poster
      The People That Time Forgot
      Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell poster
      Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Light Side: A Journey With David Prowse Self - 2019
      No Score Yet 47% I Am Your Father Self - 2015
      81% 40% Elstree 1976 Self $11.8K 2015
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi Darth Vader (Character) $309.3M 1983
      94% 97% Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader (Character) $291.9M 1980
      63% 26% The People That Time Forgot Executioner (Character) - 1977
      93% 96% Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope Darth Vader (Character) $345 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Cargo Harry (Character) - 1974
      63% 47% Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell The Creature (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Suzy Jonathan Walker (Character) - 1973
      88% 93% A Clockwork Orange Julian (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 41% Up the Chastity Belt Sir Grumbel (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1968