Transcript for David Prowse, the original Darth Vader, dead at 85
Finally tonight, you may not recognize his name, but for generations of fans, he brought the ultimate movie villain to life. Here now our "Star wars" historian Clayton Sandel. Reporter: The moment he stepped on screen in the original "Star wars," active Dave Prowse gave life to one of the most iconic villains of all time. Without saying a word. Before darth vader, Prowse was the monster and the hero. Here, remindin to be safe in British TV ads. As a 6'6" body builder and champion weightlifter, Prowse had a physique director George Lucas needed for "Star wars." He was offered the part of chewbacca or darth vader. I turned down chewbacca at once, he said. I know that people remember villains longer than heroes. What Prowse didn't know was that George Lucas was planning to replace his thick Welsh accent. He was also disappointed that when vader's helmet came off, it was a different actor underneath. But today Lucas praised Prowse for helping vader leap off the David was up for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a memorable tragic figure. In later years Prowse continued to attend fan conventions, always signing "Dave Prowse is darth vader." He was 85. The portrayal of a character he always considered his is timeless. Clayton Sandel, ABC news.
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