Dave Prowse

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:12

The Green Cross Code Man and the body behind Darth Vader ...

 

Dave was most famously the road safety Green Cross Code Man for 14 years - what he describes as the best job he's ever had, that started in 1976.

His gargantuan set of TV credits also include Doctor Who ("The Time Monster"), The Saint ("The Portrait of Brenda"), Department S ("Treasure of the Costa del Sol"), Space: 1999 ("The Beta Cloud"), Arthur of the Britons ("The Slave" and "Go Warily"), The Champions, The Avengers, Ace of Wands, Callan, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tomorrow People, The Rose Medallion, A Horseman Riding By, the 1978 BBC As You Like It, The Balcony - Jean Genett (for the BBC Open University), The Benny Hill Show, The Stanley Baxter Show, The Kenneth Williams Show, The Two Ronnies, The Dick Emery Show, Beyond The Fringe, The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Beverly Hillbillies.

In 1975, he was cast as the number one villain in SF cinema - Darth Vader in Star Wars (Director George Lucas had given him the choice of playing the evil nemesis, or Chewbacca!).

Other big screen credits include "Casino Royale", "Hammerhead", "Crossplot", "The Horror of Frankenstein", "A Clockwork Orange", "Up The Chastity Belt", "Up Pompeii", "Carry on Henry", "Vampire Circus", "White Cargo", "Blacksnake!", "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell", "Confessions of a Pop Performer", "The People That Time Forgot" and "Jabberwocky".

The owner of three gymnasiums, The Sunday Times described Dave as "The World's Number 1 Personal Trainer" - celebrities under his tuition have included Christopher Reeve for the role of "Superman", Daniel Day Lewis for the "Last of the Mohicans", Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Heath MP, Robert Powell, Peter Davison, Sandra Dickinson, Jason Donovan, Shane Richie, Gary Wilmott, John Barrowman and Stefanie Powers.

Dave was a guest at Cult TV 2006. Find out more about the man himself at the DAVE PROWSE website, www.daveprowse.com

 

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