David Prowse (I) (1935–2020)


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David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on 1 July, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young adult, David often entered weightlifting competitions... See full bio »

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(age 85) in London, England, UK

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 2016 Mission Backup Earth (TV Series)
Professor Henry Wales
- EVA (2016) ... Professor Henry Wales
 2015 Southern Troopers (TV Series)
Force Ghost
- Reel/Vue Plymouth (2015) ... Force Ghost
 2011 The Kindness of Strangers
Frank Bryan
 2011 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope - Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Darth Vader
 2006 Open Mic'rs
Dave Prowse
 2006 Order of the Sith: Downfall (Short)
Commander Prowse
 2004 Saving Star Wars
Dave Prowse
 2003 Ravedactyl: Project Evolution (Short)
Sunder
 1998 Vita lögner (TV Series)
Hotel Guest
- Episode #2.36 (1998) ... Hotel Guest
 1997 Monopoly Star Wars (Video Game)
Darth Vader
 1989 Crossbow (TV Series)
Cassius
- The Lost City (1989) ... Cassius
 1984 More Bloody Meetings (Video documentary short)
Businessman
 1969-1984 The Benny Hill Show (TV Series)
Strongman / Muscleman in 'Ye Olde Wishing Well' Sketch
- Scuttlevision (1984) ... Strongman (uncredited)
- The European Song Contest (1969) ... Muscleman in 'Ye Olde Wishing Well' Sketch (uncredited)
 1981 The Rose Medallion (TV Series)
Stanley
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Stanley
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Stanley
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Stanley
 1981 Take a Chance (TV Series)
Atom
- The Body Beautiful (1981) ... Atom (as Dave Prowse)
 1981 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV Series)
Bodyguard
- Episode #1.5 (1981) ... Bodyguard (as Dave Prowse)
 1980 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Cosmo the Giant
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Cosmo the Giant (as Dave Prowse)
 1978 The BBC Television Shakespeare (TV Series)
Charles
- As You Like It (1978) ... Charles
 1978 A Horseman Riding By (TV Series)
Jem Pollock
- 1914: Call to Arms (1978) ... Jem Pollock (as Dave Prowse)
- 1914: The Last Hot Summer (1978) ... Jem Pollock (as Dave Prowse)
 1977 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #16.2 (1977)
 1977 The People That Time Forgot
Executioner (as Dave Prowse)
 1977 Star Wars
Darth Vader
 1977 Gulliver's Travels (uncredited)
 1977 Jabberwocky
Red Herring and Black Knights (as Dave Prowse)
 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Cloud Creature
- The Beta Cloud (1976) ... Cloud Creature (as Dave Prowse)
 1976 Warship (TV Series)
The Ape
- The Ides of Mark (1976) ... The Ape
 1976 The Kenneth Williams Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1976)
 1976 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
- Episode #9.2 (1976)
 1975 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Sawmill foreman
- The Spring Dance (1975) ... Sawmill foreman (uncredited)
 1975 Confessions of a Pop Performer
Man at Cinema
 1975 ...And Mother Makes Five (TV Series)
- Health Through Joy (1975) ... (as Dave Prowse)
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Hnaudifida
- The Lost Island (1975) ... Hnaudifida
 1974 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Shadow of the Monster
- The Need for Nightmare (1974) ... Shadow of the Monster
 1974 The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs (TV Series)
Johansson
- The Abduction (1974) ... Johansson
 1974 Callan
Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
 1974 The Best of Benny Hill
Muscleman ('Ye Olde Wishing Well')
 1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
Monster (as Dave Prowse)
 1974 Doctor at Sea (TV Series)
Nobby
- Sir John and Baby Doc (1974) ... Nobby (as Dave Prowse)
 1973 White Cargo
Harry (as Dave Prowse)
 1973 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
- Episode #3.5 (1973)
 1973 Arthur of the Britons (TV Series)
Brosk / Col
- Go Warily (1973) ... Brosk (as Dave Prowse)
- The Slaves (1973) ... Col (as Dave Prowse)
 1973 Sir Yellow (TV Series)
Bodyguard
- Ye Turn of Ye Worm (1973) ... Bodyguard
 1973 The Tomorrow People (TV Series)
Android
- The Medusa Strain: Part 4 (1973) ... Android (as Dave Prowse)
- The Medusa Strain: Part 3 (1973) ... Android (as Dave Prowse)
- The Medusa Strain: Part 2 (1973) ... Android (as Dave Prowse)
- The Medusa Strain: Part 1 (1973) ... Android (as Dave Prowse)
 1973 Black Snake
Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
 1972 Double Take
Actor
 1972 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Minotaur
- The Time Monster: Episode Six (1972) ... Minotaur (as Dave Prowse)
- The Time Monster: Episode Five (1972) ... Minotaur (as Dave Prowse)
 1972 Vampire Circus
Strongman (as Dave Prowse)
 1972 The Chastity Belt
Sir Grumbel (as Dave Prowse)
 1971 A Clockwork Orange
Julian
 1971 The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Various Characters
 1971 Carry on Henry VIII
Bearded Torturer (as Dave Prowse)
 1971 Up Pompeii
Muscular Man (uncredited)
 1970 From a Bird's Eye View (TV Series)
First Vespucci
- The Sicilian Affair (1970) ... First Vespucci (as Dave Prowse)
 1970 The Horror of Frankenstein
The Monster (as Dave Prowse)
 1970 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
Masseur
- Rustless on Cooking (1970) ... Masseur
 1970 Callan (TV Series)
Wellington
- Where Else Could I Go? (1970) ... Wellington (as Dave Prowse)
 1970 Codename (TV Series)
Bodyguard
- Kingsmate (1970) ... Bodyguard
 1969 Crossplot
Wedding guest
 1969 Department S (TV Series)
Adolfo
- The Treasure of the Costa Del Sol (1969) ... Adolfo
 1969 The Saint (TV Series)
Tony
- Portrait of Brenda (1969) ... Tony
 1968 The Champions (TV Series)
Guest at Bey's party / Weightlifter
- Desert Journey (1968) ... Guest at Bey's party (uncredited)
- The Invisible Man (1968) ... Weightlifter (uncredited)
 1968 Softly Softly (TV Series)
Johnny
- For a Rainy Day (1968) ... Johnny (as Dave Prowse)
 1968 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Emlyn MacGregor
- Coming Through the Rye (1968) ... Emlyn MacGregor (as Dave Prowse)
 1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Mooney
- Mooney and His Caravans (1968) ... Mooney
 1968 Hammerhead
George
 1967 I Am What I Am
Jelly-Roll's Partner (uncredited)
 1967 Boy Meets Girl (TV Series)
Boy
- There Was I, Waiting...! (1967) ... Boy (as Dave Prowse)
 1967 Casino Royale
Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Albert (1979)
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Other Works:

TV commercials for Green Cross Code (UK) (1970s) See more »

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5 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site | Twitter

Alternate Names:

Dave Prowse MBE | Dave Prowse | David and Norma Prowse | Darth Vader

Height:

6' 6½" (2 m)

Spouse:

Norma E. Scammell  (his death)  (3 children)
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Personal Quote:

[Asked if during the making of the original Star Wars trilogy at any point, did he feel claustrophobic due to the mask and suit completely covering his whole body while at Collectormania 10 at Milton Keynes] "The suit was made to fit and was very, very comfortable, so no I didn't feel at all claustrophobic, but the only problem I did experience was that in the mask I got very, very hot!" See more »

Trivia:

Owned a gym "The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre" in London, England. His brother Bob Prowse used to manage it for him before opening his own Health Club in Maidstone. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and muscular physique. See more »

Nickname:

Darth Farmer

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