A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a cinematic masterpiece transported viewers to a world among the stars. It changed and shaped the way movies are made for years to come. The stories and characters have had a lifelong impact on generations of viewers.
Such is the legacy of Stars Wars. Words can’t describe the love and attachment that the fans have for George Lucas’s space saga. The franchise single-handedly made movies a part of pop culture. Long before Harry Potter movies or the various superhero cinematic universe, Star Wars gave birth to what people today call ‘‘fandoms”.
Over the years, people have come to form a powerful bond with the characters and, subsequently, the actors. Every time a beloved character faces certain-death situations, it stops the fans’ heartbeats for a brief moment, which is why it is all the more heartbreaking when an actor who portrayed those characters passes away.
David Prowse, the actor behind the mask of Darth Vader, passes away at the age of 85. The actor was prominently known for physically portraying the Imperial Forces’ Supreme Commander in the space opera.
What was David Prowse’s Net Worth?
A model and an actor by profession, Prowse was most popularly known for starring as Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies. He also acted in a series of British road safety advertisements ‘‘Green Cross Code”. He also authored two books titled “Fitness is Fun“ and “Straight From the Force’sForce’s Mouth.”
According to celebritynetworth.com, David Prowse had a net worth of approximately $3 Million at his death.
The Legacy that Prowse has left behind
The news of David Prowse’s death has left fans around the world a little more broken in what has already been a disappointing year. Even though Darth Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones, Prowse was showered with the same amount of love.
According to his agent Thomas Bovington, Prowse passed away after a brief illness. He said,
“A truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world.”
Prowse started out in Hollywood as a trainer for Christopher Reeves to help him prepare for the role of Superman. He was spotted by George Lucas in “The Clockwork Orange” in which Prowse played a bodyguard. Lucas soon invited Prowse to audition for the roles of both Darth Vader and Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. But Prowse chose Vader over Chewbacca. In an interview with BBC, he explained his decision, he said,
“You always remember the bad guys.”
In his statement, Prowse’s agent Bowington also said,
“Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”