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Name: David Prowse  
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Date of Birth: 1st July 1935
Place of Birth: Bristol, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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David Prowse in an episode of the 1968 TV series The Champions

David Prowse, MBE (born July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England) is a British body-builder and weightlifter who stands 6'7" (2 m) in height.

Outside the UK, he is most famous for playing the role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars epic, although James Earl Jones was dubbed over as Vader's voice. Prowse had prepared his lines to a professional standard and did not realize until the premier that his voice would never be heard in the film series, but he found ways to turn the irony of this outcome into a point of levity in later productions by delivering joke versions of his lines instead during filming.

Within the UK he is perhaps as well known as "Green Cross Code Man" as a result of his association with the Green Cross Code road safety campaign for children which ran between 1976 and 1990 and for which he received the MBE in 2000.

He had a role as a bodyguard in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. He played the Minotaur in the 1972 Doctor Who serial The Time Monster, and had a small role as Hotblack Desiato's bodyguard in the 1981 BBC TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

In the final Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Hayden Christensen wore the Darth Vader armor in Prowse's place. He was forced to look through Darth Vader's mouthpiece, due to a height difference of six inches between the actors.

Prowse is married with three children. He helped train Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman. He is also a notable graduate of Bristol Grammar School. He now is the official leader of the 501st Legion, a fan group dedicated to Star Wars costuming.

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