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Darth Vader actor David Prowse has died at 85 – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrownoyesFollow The Verge on FacebookFollow The Verge on TwitterRSS feed (all stories on The Verge)SearchVox Media

David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died, the Associated Press reported. He was 85. George Lucas asked Prowse to audition for Star Wars after seeing the 6-foot-6 actor in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. Prowse had his choice of playing Chewbacca or Vader, and opted for the latter because, as he told the BBC, “you always remember the bad guy.” Plus, he added, he didn’t fancy wearing Chewbacca’s fur suit. Prowse played Luke Skywalker’s erstwhile father in Star

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