Following the sad news this morning of the passing of Dave Prowse, the man who inhabited the menacing armour of Darth Vader, many of his fellow stars have paid their respects on social media. Here’s is a selection of those tributes.
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
More sad news. Dave has gone. I don’t think 3PO ever faced Vader’s mighty presence on set, other than as a bag of bits on Chewie’s shoulders in the carbon freezer. But Dave’s iconic figure dominated the finished film in '77 and has done so ever since. And will continue to do so.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) November 29, 2020
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) November 29, 2020
Lucasfilm was saddened to learn of the passing of David Prowse, who provided the commanding presence and imposing physical performance of Darth Vader for the Original Trilogy. He will be long remembered…https://t.co/U8Yua0mmoK pic.twitter.com/m2WGGlE3r1
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 29, 2020
— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) November 29, 2020
He was also remembered by members of the wider Star Wars family.
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) November 30, 2020
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) November 29, 2020
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) November 29, 2020
My condolences go out to Dave Prowse's family and friends. A true icon who brought Darth Vader to life. Our Star Wars family will always cherish the memories he gave us.
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) November 29, 2020
Very sad to hear of the passing of Dave Prowse. I had met him a few times at conventions over the years and he was always kind and lovely to talk to.
A very sad day.
— Ross Sambridge (@WRossnoke) November 29, 2020
Sad to hear of the passing of a #StarWars family member. RIP Dave Prowse. Darth Vader wouldn't be the same without you in the costume. We had many fun times & laughs at cons together over the years. Glad to have been able to call you a friend. Rest now and be one with the Force! pic.twitter.com/st28CQGckF
— Daniel Logan (@Daniel_Logan) November 29, 2020
Members of the press and the wider entertainment industry also remembered the great Bristolian.
As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man. Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest. https://t.co/VYdxM37JWb
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 29, 2020
It has been an absolute pleasure working with this wonderful man over the years. He truly was a gentle giant, and one of the kindest celebrities you could ever meet. 😢
— DARTH VADER (@isDARTHVADER) November 29, 2020
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) November 29, 2020
#DaveProwse has passed away. #fanfamily We knew him best as #DarthVader Dave got me into shape/trained me for my Role in Matador. He was a genuine, kind, loving man, loved life, family, fitness and his fans. Dave was a huge part of our #confamily his smile will be missed. Jb pic.twitter.com/t91c5JCcTS
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) November 29, 2020
So sorry to hear the passing of #DaveProwse. Over recent years, I found myself on the same circuit as him, doing conventions at weekends. He was always a treat to hang out with and hear stories from. Rest in peace, Dave x pic.twitter.com/KhbnseWbaU
— Mike Collins (@MIKECOLLINS99) November 29, 2020
I can't imagine a more iconic movie villain than Darth Vader, or what it would mean to be known throughout the world, and for the rest of time as that legendary character. Though I do like that my one time meeting him was a nice chat about a role where you could see him smile.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 29, 2020
RIP David Prowse, the Bristolian bodybuilder beneath Darth Vader’s suit and by all accounts a thoroughly un-Sith-ian chap. Here’s rare footage of him saying Vader’s lines on set. pic.twitter.com/M4RHbn7nZT
— Nick de Semlyen (@NickdeSemlyen) November 29, 2020
Dave Prowse has died aged 85. In 1977, he delighted school kids in Belfast, as the Green Cross Code Man. pic.twitter.com/FrDLled0F3
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) November 29, 2020
Tune in to tonight’s episode of Good Morning Tatooine at 9.00pm GMT where Brian and Matt will remember Prowse and discuss the latest Star Wars news.