David Prowse

  1. Pat Roach, Barry Lyndon, 1973. Surprisingly, Kubrick was an immense fan of the 19th Century English author William Makepeace Thackery and intended to film Vanity Fair before switching to The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.   And he stuffed it with various  UK actors he’d worked with before.  But not Dave Prowse, from A Clockwork Orange. He had talks about  the short part of Toole, a soldier having a punch-up. He passed it to Pat Rach, who Dave  would beat for Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise. Roach was 6ft 5ins, Prowse an inch taller and won 72 screen roles to Roach’s 45.  Prowse trained Christopher Reeve for his Superman debut, but Roach refused to train Harrison Ford for their second Indiana Jones film. “I don’t  want to be  known as a trainer.”

  2. Peter Mayhew, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1976.

  3. Richard Kiel, The Spy Who Loved Me, 1976.

  4. Brian Carrillo, Billy Frankenstein, 1998. Billy Frank is an ordinary kid until his family inherit an old castle and learn that… Bad health stopped Darth Vader being the Monster, taken over by the Monster from four years at the Universal Studios tour.


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 – Mark Hamill.  

 Birth year: 1935Death year: 2020Other name: Casting Calls:  4