Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Retires From Public Appearances

Darth Vader actor David Prowse has announced that he is retiring from making future public appearances from January 2018 onward. This is due to many health problems the man has been experiencing. He is currently 82 years old.

Prowse made the announcement on Twitter. It said: "Beginning in January 2018, Dave will no longer be doing any personal appearances or conventions due to health problems. Thanks for all the kind words. Star Wars fans are the BEST!"

Prowse was the man inside the Darth Vader suit in the original trilogy of Star Wars films. The voice was done by James Earl Jones. George Lucas did not think that Prowse's voice was intimidating enough which is why he only played the part inside the suit.

The rest of 2017 will be the last time that many people will get to see him in person. Other actors have now donned the Darth Vader suit in recent movies. Actors Daniel Naprous and Spencer Wilding played the part of Darth Vader in the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Hayden Christensen got the chance to play Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequels. His performance was met with criticism though. It remains to be seen if more movies will include Darth Vader. Vader could still appear in the many standalone movies that both Disney/Lucasfilm are planning in the near future. For now, the newer trilogy is focusing on Vader's grandson Kylo Ren.

Anyway, hopefully huge Star Wars fans get a chance to meet David Prowse before he officially retires next year. This is your final chance to see the man in person.

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