Iconic Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who is known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, has shared a devastating message for his former co-star David Prowse, who played one of the iconic villains in the cinema industry Darth Vader.
British actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, has died aged 85. His death was announced by his management company on Sunday.
Prowse died after a short illness, according to his agent Thomas Bowington. CNN reported in 2018 that Prowse was being treated for prostate cancer.
Mark Hamill took to Twitter to pay his tribute and say goodbye to his close friend by sharing a touching letter. In his tweet, Hamill said that he felt sad to hear his unexpected death and called him a kind man and much more than
Here’s what he said:
“So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP”
Check out the Twitter post below.
So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020
Prowse grew up in a town hall in Southmead in southwest England. He won a scholarship to attend Bristol Grammar School. He had a passion for bodybuilding and was awarded several times as the British Weightlifting Champion in the 1960s. Furthermore, he became lifelong friends with legendary Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
His broad physique and hefty looks have helped him play the villains in TV shows and movies. He played in ‘The Horror of Frankenstein’ in 1970 and played a torturer in ‘Carry on Henry’ in 1971. In the same year, he starred in Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian movie ‘A Clockwork Orange’ in 1971.
He came into our lives as the Darth Vader in all three of the original ‘Star Wars’ movies in 1977, 1980, and 1983 and was never forgotten again. In 2011, he published an autobiography called ‘From the Mouth of the Force.’