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Star Wars sword-fight master Bob Anderson dies at 89

2 January 2012 8:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Former Olympic swordsman who staged fights for films including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series has died

Bob Anderson, a former Olympic swordsman who staged fights for films including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series, has died, British fencing authorities said today. He was 89.

The British Academy of Fencing said that Anderson died early on New Year's Day at an English hospital.

Anderson donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The villainous character was played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones, and Anderson's role was not initially publicised.

But Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said in a 1983 interview that "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting."

"It was always supposed to be a secret, but I »

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