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David Prowse, Man Behind the Darth Vader Mask, Dies at 85 – Hollywood Reporter

The Englishman worked on the first three ‘Star Wars’ films, but it was James Earl Jones’ voice, not his, that was heard. He could have played Chewbacca instead.

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David Prowse, the champion English weightlifter and bodybuilder who supplied his 6-foot-7 frame but not the voice or the deep breathing to portray Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, died early in the morning on Saturday following a short illness. He was 85.
Prowse’s death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his agent Thomas Bowington on Saturday night. Bowington Management also shared the news on Twitter, announcing his passing with “great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for…

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