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Birth date: July 1, 1935
Birth place: Bristol, United Kingdom
Height:1.96 m
Education:Bristol Grammar School
Spouse:Norma Prowse
Siblings:Bob Prowse

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David Prowse, MBE, born on 1st July 1935 in Bristol, England UK, is an actor probably best known to the world as Darth Vader in his physical form, despite never being seen without the Darth Vader mask. He was the original Darth Vader in the original trilogy, but was never recalled for the reunions of the films. David has also made several other notable appearances, including as Julian in “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), among many others.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Prowse is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that David`s net worth is as high as $3 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he has made over 60 film and television appearances during a career now spanning 60 years. David was also a known bodybuilder and weightlifter, and in the past has won the British heavyweight weightlifting title, and also has a gym – “The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre” – in London.

David Prowse Net Worth $3 Million

David was raised by his mother, and never met his father who left the family before he was even born. Growing up in a working family, David soon obtained working habits, and although an under performing student in school, he took weightlifting and bodybuilding as his call. Little by little he was progressing, and eventually became a British champion in weightlifting. While being a competitor at weightlifting events, he befriended, among others Arnold Schwarzenegger and the two became lifelong friends. Thanks to his height and overall towering stature, he was offered a role in the film “Casino Royale” (1967) as Frankenstein`s Monster, and of course accepted the role, so his acting career began. Before the`60s ended, he made several brief appearances in such productions as David Miller`s “Hammerhead” (1968) with Vince Edwards and Judy Geeson, “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1968), and “Crossplot” (1969); his net worth was established.

He began the `70s again as a monster, in “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), and in 1971 featured in Stanley Kubrick`s “A Clockwork Orange”, starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates. The next year he appeared in “The Chastity Belt”, and continued to make steady appearances through the 1970s in such productions as “Black Snake” (1973), “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974), “Jabberwocky” (1977), and in 1977 was firstly selected for the role of Darth Vader in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977), presenting his physical form. He portrayed Darth Vader in the sequels “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” (1983). This particular role is the hallmark of his career, and has certainly benefited his net worth to a great degree.

After the fallout with producers and the rest of the staff of “Star Wars”, David began slowly to retreat from the acting scene, but still made several screen appearances, including in the “William Tell” TV series in 1989, and years later in the film “The Kindness of Strangers” (2010). He also made an appearance in the TV mini-series “Mission Backup Earth” in 2016, however, his role as Darth Vader remains as his most successful one to the present.

Regarding his personal life, David has been married to Norma since 1963; the couple has three children together. Prowse has had several health problems over the years, battling arthritis for much of his life, while in 2009 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but has managed to overcome the illness.

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GirlForce 2016 pre-production D.P.
The Mark of Dracula 2016 filming Van Helsing
The Kindness of Strangers 2010 Frank Bryan
Open Mic'rs 2006 Dave Prowse
Order of the Sith: Downfall 2006 Short Commander Prowse
Saving 'Star Wars' 2004 Dave Prowse
Comic Book: The Movie 2004 Video Dave Prowse
Ravedactyl: Project Evolution 2003 Short Sunder
Vita lögner 1998 TV Series Hotel Guest
Monopoly Star Wars 1997 Video Game Darth Vader
William Tell 1989 TV Series Cassius
More Bloody Meetings 1984 Video documentary short Businessman
The Benny Hill Show 1969-1984 TV Series Strongman / Muscleman in 'Ye Olde Wishing Well' Sketch
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 Darth Vader
The Rose Medallion 1981 TV Series Stanley
Take a Chance 1981 TV Series Atom
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy 1981 TV Series Bodyguard
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1980 TV Series Cosmo the Giant
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Darth Vader
As You Like It 1978 TV Movie Charles
A Horseman Riding By 1978 TV Series Jem Pollock
The People That Time Forgot 1977 Executioner (as Dave Prowse)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 Darth Vader
Jabberwocky 1977 Red Herring and Black Knights (as Dave Prowse)
Gulliver's Travels 1977 uncredited
Space: 1999 1976 TV Series Cloud Creature
Warship 1976 TV Series The Ape
The Kenneth Williams Show 1976 TV Series
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1976 TV Series
Little House on the Prairie 1975 TV Series Sawmill foreman
Confessions of a Pop Performer 1975 Man at cinema
Churchill's People 1975 TV Series Hnaudifida
The Best of Benny Hill 1974 Muscleman ('Ye Olde Wishing Well')
Doctor at Sea 1974 TV Series Nobby
Callan 1974 Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
White Cargo 1973 Harry (as Dave Prowse)
The Two Ronnies 1973 TV Series
Arthur of the Britons 1973 TV Series Brosk / Col
Sir Yellow 1973 TV Series Bodyguard
The Tomorrow People 1973 TV Series Android
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1973 Monster
Black Snake 1973 Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
Double Take 1972 Actor
Doctor Who 1972 TV Series Minotaur
Vampire Circus 1972 Strongman (as Dave Prowse)
The Chastity Belt 1972 Sir Grumbel (as Dave Prowse)
A Clockwork Orange 1971 Julian
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 TV Series Various Characters
Up Pompeii 1971 Muscular Man (uncredited)
Carry on Henry VIII 1971 Bearded Torturer (as Dave Prowse)
From a Bird's Eye View 1970 TV Series First Vespucci
The Horror of Frankenstein 1970 The Monster (as Dave Prowse)
Ace of Wands 1970 TV Series Kal
Hark at Barker 1970 TV Series Masseur
Callan 1970 TV Series Wellington
Codename 1970 TV Series Bodyguard
Crossplot 1969 Wedding guest
Department S 1969 TV Series Adolfo
The Saint 1969 TV Series Tony
Softly Softly 1968 TV Series Johnny
The Beverly Hillbillies 1968 TV Series Emlyn MacGregor
The Champions 1968 TV Series Weightlifter
The Wednesday Play 1968 TV Series Mooney
Hammerhead 1968 George
I Am What I Am 1967 Jelly-Roll's Partner (uncredited)
Boy Meets Girl 1967 TV Series Boy
Casino Royale 1967 Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
The Edge of Night 1956 TV Series Albert (1979)



Rollen är min 2012 co-producer completed



Superman 1978 physical trainer: Christopher Reeve - uncredited



The Best of Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary thanks



Elstree 1976 2015 Documentary post-production Himself
I Am Your Father 2015 Documentary completed Himself
Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story 2015 Documentary post-production Himself
From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree 2014 Documentary Himself
The Bloodiest Show on Earth: Making Vampire Circus 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The People vs. George Lucas 2010 Documentary Himself - Actor
Bring Back... Star Wars 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman 2006 Video documentary Himself
After They Were Famous 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual Spaceys 2004 TV Special Himself
Geeks 2004 Documentary Himself
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wizard World Chicago 2002 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Dave Prowse)
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story 1999 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest TV Moments 1999 TV Special Himself
Light Lunch 1998 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Return of the Ewok 1982 Video short Himself / Darth Vader
Arena 1981 TV Series documentary Himself
Star Games 1980 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Star Wars' 1977 TV Movie documentary Darth Vader
World of Sport 1964 TV Series 1964

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Special Collector's Edition 2014 TV Series Darth Vader
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2013 TV Series documentary Monster
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Darth Vader
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Darth Vader
Prophets of Science Fiction 2012 TV Series documentary Darth Vader in 'Star Wars' film series
20 to 1 2006-2010 TV Series documentary Darth Vader
Happy Birthday OU 2009 TV Movie documentary The Balcony
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Darth Vader
Hammer Horror 2007 Video documentary short Monster
Today Tonight 2007 TV Series Darth Vader
Heart of an Empire 2007 Documentary Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Science of Star Wars 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary
The Birth of the Lightsaber 2004 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004 Video Game Darth Vader
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy 2004 Video documentary Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1998 TV Series documentary
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary The Monster
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary The Monster
Muppet Babies 1986 TV Series Darth Vader
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 TV Movie Darth Vader

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1 In an interview, George Lucas said if there was anybody, in his films, he would recast in a film, he said David Prowse as Darth Vader.
2 A friend of David Jason since the beginning of Jason's TV career.
3 He is the only actor to play Frankenstein's Monster in more than one Hammer film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
4 Attended Collectormania 7 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. [May 2005]
5 Celebrity attraction at Toys4BigBoys in Dublin, Ireland. [November 2009]
6 Currently lives in Croydon, London, England. [February 2004]
7 Has a passion for motorcycles and in his early career owned many.
8 Diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2009. Announced in February 2010 that he had made a full recovery following intensive radio therapy at a London hospital.
9 In Casino Royale (1967), he plays a character known only as "Sir". He looks like Frankenstein's Creature, but is never called or credited as such. "Sir" is only in the film a few seconds.
10 Played part of the aide to Patrick Magee's character in the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). He was chosen due to the fact that he was able to lift and carry the wheelchair-bound Magee. He said that the director was not known as "one-take Kubrick" and he had to repeat the scene multiple times. At one point, the shooting was halted because the recording technician said that there was a strange noise in the last take. This was discovered to be due to a microphone that was on David and picking up his accelerated heartbeat and heavier breathing.
11 His performance as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
12 Before he entered films, he was a hardworking apprentice engineer at BOAC in Bristol.
13 Said that of all the directors he worked with while making the original Star Wars trilogy, Irvin Kershner, who directed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), was his favorite. David praised Irvin Kershner in an interview for being very helpful and supportive of the actors.
14 Three clips are available on the Star Wars making of documentary DVD of Prowse speaking Darth Vader's lines.
15 Prowse and James Earl Jones have never met in person.
16 He was barred from doing the lightsaber duels in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) because he kept breaking the poles that stood in for the laser blades during the first film. The lightsaber duels in the sequels were instead done by Bob Anderson, the swordmaster who handled the lightsaber choreography; in order to make up for the height difference, Bob Anderson wore platform shoes and was often filmed from low angles.
17 Despite the fame of Darth Vader, Prowse says that the role he is most proud of is the Green Cross Code Man.
18 He was the special guest at the first sci-fi convention in the northwest (England) at Lancaster and Morecambe College on 3rd October 2004.
19 He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to charity and road safety.
20 When Sebastian Shaw was revealed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as the "man behind Darth Vader's mask", Darth Vader became the first recurring role in a movie series to be played by three actors at the same time: body by Prowse, voice by James Earl Jones and face by Sebastian Shaw.
21 Attended Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, England. Actors Julian Glover and Timothy West were in the same year there.
22 Attended the I Central American Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Convention at Guatemala City, Guatemala on July 27-28, 2002, to talk about his character (Darth Vader) on the first Star Wars trilogy, along with Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
23 Once complained in an interview that he felt he "wasn't getting any publicity" for his work as Darth Vader.
24 He commented in an interview that he was unaware that his voice been dubbed with that of James Earl Jones' until he saw the movie Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) on opening night.
25 Appeared as a strongman in the famous "Wishing Well" sketch from the first season of The Benny Hill Show (1969), which was used by the show's American syndicator to pitch the program to U.S. television stations.
26 Because of his loftiness, George Lucas hired him to occupy the costume of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). But because of his British accent, Lucas chose James Earl Jones as the voice of Vader
27 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.
28 Was the Green Cross Code Man, a character used to teach [British] children how to cross the road safely.
29 Trained Christopher Reeve for the title role in the first Superman (1978) movie.
30 Is a former weightlifting champion.

1 [on being replaced as the face of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)] Everybody comes up and says, 'It wasn't you they unmasked as Darth Vader, was it?' and I say, 'Well, no, it wasn't actually.' The guy that played Darth Vader was a guy called Sebastian Shaw and Sebastian Shaw was a good friend of Alec Guinness's and, by all accounts, he was out of work. He'd been out of work for a long period and he was having a bad time financially. And he said to Sir Alec, 'Could you do me a favour?' He said, 'I'm destitute. Is there any chance of you having a word with George Lucas to see if there's a possibility of a part in this movie?' So Alec had a word with George and George said, 'The only part we can offer you is the dying Darth Vader.' And all this was done without me knowing anything about it. I mean, I'm watching the movie and they unmask somebody completely different and then you sort of think, 'Well, why wasn't that me?' But then, when you learn how it all came about, you know, if it helped him in any way, then all well and good. But everybody comes up to me and says, 'Why wasn't it you that was unmasked as Darth Vader?' And I say, 'I'll tell you about it later.'
2 [on missing out on payments for his Darth Vader performance] I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you.
3 (2010) On his fight with prostate cancer: "I've won the fight and I'm feeling better than ever. Everyone was shocked by how well it all (treatment) went".
4 [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!"
5 [on his work as the Green Cross Code Man]: "Best job I've ever had."
6 [on having to choose between playing Darth Vader and Chewbacca in "Star Wars"]: I took the part of the villain because everyone remembers the villain.

1 Darth Vader in the Star Wars films
2 Towering height and muscular physique
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