Actor David Prowse Dead at Age 85, Portrayed the Original Darth Vader in Star Wars Movie Trilogy

James Earl Jones provided the voice for the space villain

ABOVE VIDEO: Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85. (Reuters video)

(FOX NEWS) – David Prowse, the actor and bodybuilder who filled out Darth Vader’s tall frame in the original “Star Wars” trilogy has died. He was 85.

Although James Earl Jones provided the voice for the space villain, it was Prowse’s 6-foot-7-inch frame that hid beneath Vader’s armor while he matched lightsabers with his son Luke Skywalker.

The actor’s lines were dubbed because of his Bristol, England, accent, according to BBC News.

Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, shared a tribute to Prowse in a Twitter post early Sunday.

“So sad to hear David Prowse has passed,” Hamill wrote. “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.”

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