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David Prowse Remembered By ‘Star Wars’ Alumni, Including Mark Hamill And George Lucas

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David Prowse is no longer with us, and voices from the Star Wars productions that he was involved with, alongside voices connected to other parts of the franchise, have spoken their tributes to the man who first wore the Darth Vader costume.

 

One of the first Star Wars stars to speak up about the passing of the original Dark Lord of the Sith was Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, who performed opposite Prowse in several non-action scenes in the original trilogy of Star Wars movies:

 

 

Soon after, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok) shared their own tributes to the man who brought Darth Vader to life:

 

 

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While he does not have a social media presence, Star Wars franchise creator George Lucas released a statement praising Prowse’s take on the character encapsulating everything he wanted to see after penning the screenplay:

 

 

The Peter Mayhew Foundation shared an image as a tribute to Prowse alongside Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Mayhew (Chewbacca), both of whom are no longer with us:

 

 

But it’s not just Prowse’s co-stars that are speaking up – newer Star Wars talent are expressing just how much he meant to them. Daniel Logan, who portrayed the younger Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones, Rosario Dawson, who just played Ahsoka Tano for the first time in live-action in the most recent episode of The Mandalorian, and Elijah Wood, who voiced Jace Rucklin on Star Wars Resistance, have all penned their own tributes:

 

 

 

 

The official Star Wars website also issued a tribute, an excerpt of which can be read below:

“From the moment Darth Vader silently walked on screen in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope — a towering figure clad in black, stalking slowly but with menacing purpose — it was clear that the world had a new icon of villainy. That was the power of David Prowse. Prowse, the actor who gave the physical performance of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, died this weekend. He was 85. Standing 6 feet 6 inches with a strongman’s physique thanks to his interest in bodybuilding, Prowse’s Vader was an intimidating presence who, with simple gestures, could convey anger, sadness, and lost hope.”

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Outside of the realm of Star Wars, some other celebrities have issued condolences, including Star Trek: The Original Series lead actor William Shatner (Captain James Tiberius Kirk), who offered a humorous reinterpretation of the original trilogy alongside condolences:

 

 

John Barrowman, who portrayed Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, also thanked David Prowse for training him for a Broadway role and noted that he enjoyed being with him at fan conventions:

 

 

Director Edgar Wright also shared a short tribute to the man, specifically for his roles as the Green Cross Code Man, a role obscure to most outside of the United Kingdom but beloved by children who grew up watching the character appear in various public service announcements:

 

 

David Prowse, the Force will be with you – always.