Dave Prowse Autograph photo training with Alec Guinness
Authentic Dave Prowse Autograph photo training with Alec Guinness measuring 8×10″. Photograph has been signed in blue marker.
David “Dave” Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. Raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student; he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens; as a young adult, David often entered weightlifting competitions and contested in the famous Mr. Universe contest. Eventually, David won the British heavyweight weightlifting title and gained status as a highly regarded and respected member of the fitness community. Over this period of competitive weightlifting, David became lifelong friends with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno; who at the time were not professional actors but rival competitors.
After appearing on various broadcast sporting events, David was offered a role in the feature film Casino Royale (1967) as “Frankenstein’s Monster”. Although the casting was based on David’s stature, David developed a strong interest in acting and decided to pursue it further.
From 1967 to 1977, David enjoyed a quiet, but very successful career within film and television starring in such films as A Clockwork Orange (1971); Up Pompeii (1971) and numerous Hammer House of Horror films, gaining a vast and bulky CV. In 1975, David’s popularity as a respected fitness guru landed him with the role and duty of the Green Cross Code Man; a superhero designed by the British road safety committee to teach road safety to children.
The persona saw Dave Prowse Autograph photo traveling the world to give talks, demonstrations and shoot short television spots based on the hero’s message. Proving successful the Green Cross Code Man continued to be a side project throughout David’s busy career until the 1990s.
It was not until 1977 when David attended an audition for a film entitled Star Wars. Also, The film not considered to be a big thing at the time and the audition held by director George Lucas. At the meeting, George offered David either the part of Chewbacca or Darth Vader. Instantly turning away the role of Chewbacca, David insisted he play the lead villain Darth Vader. George asked David why he wanted to play Vader and he replied; “Everyone remembers the villain, George.” David also had a wealth of experience playing villains in previous films; and was the obvious choice. Furthermore, David played the role of Darth Vader for the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy; Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
Star Wars is perhaps David’s most important role and a role that has enlisted him; as one of the most memorable character villains of all time.