He faced Arnold Schwarzenegger and trained Superman: David Prowse and his passion for sports

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By CAPosts 29 November, 2020 - 11:21am 350 views

David Prowse will be remembered for his portrayal of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy . This character was one of the options that George Lucas gave him to choose at the time, he also offered him to be Chewbacca.

It should be noted that the role with which he had the most media exposure was a consequence of his imposing physique - he measured 1.98 meters - although his thick accent caused his voice to be dubbed by James Earl Jones. Part of the development of his physique was a consequence of his relationship with sports.

He became interested in bodybuilding in his adolescence, after spending time in hospital, and for 9 years he trained and at 25 he participated in Mr. Universe , a contest in which He faced Arnold Schwarzenegger, as indicated in the portal England Weight Lifting .

The native of Bristol, United Kingdom, obtained a bronze medal in the British Weightlifting Championship and later dominated the competition for three successive years (1962 to 1964). He represented his country at the Commonwealth Games in 1962.

Although at 50 years old, he was capable of lifting more than 300 kilograms, Prowse had to deal with problems of osteoarthritis.

His career as an athlete allowed him to help Christopher Reeve when he was preparing his physique for the role of Superman, assisting him as a personal trainer.

His acting debut was in 1967, in the parody of the movie Casino Royale , from the spy James Bond saga, where he played Frankenstein, the same role that he repeated in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974). In addition, he participated in the film A Clockwork Orange and in series such as Doctor Who in 1972 and The Saint Space in 1999. He participated in at least 70 films.

David received in 2000 the Order of the British Empire , by Queen Elizabeth, by participate in a road awareness campaign in which he focused on teaching children to cross the street and understanding driving rules.

After this recognition, the actor declared: “It is one of the best things I have done”.

This Sunday, November 29, Thomas Bowington, his representative, announced "with great sadness" the death of Prowse in a message posted on his Facebook page, stating that he died "yesterday morning", without specifying hardly any details that caused his death

It was in 2014 that Prowse made known the diagnosis of dementia and it was that he withdrew from the public sphere

May the force be with him, always! Although famous for playing many villains, to me and to everyone who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives, ” Bowington lamented .

"Although he was famous for playing many monsters, for me and for all of us who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives," said his representative for BBC .

With information from Reuters

Source: Infobae

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