David Prowse Net Worth

David Prowse Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

David Prowse net worth is
$3 Million

David Prowse Wiki Biography

David Prowse, MBE, born on 1st July 1935 in Bristol, England UK, is an actor probably best known to the world as Darth Vader in his physical form, despite never being seen without the Darth Vader mask. He was the original Darth Vader in the original trilogy, but was never recalled for the reunions of the films. David has also made several other notable appearances, including as Julian in “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), among many others.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Prowse is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that David`s net worth is as high as $3 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he has made over 60 film and television appearances during a career now spanning 60 years. David was also a known bodybuilder and weightlifter, and in the past has won the British heavyweight weightlifting title, and also has a gym – “The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre” – in London.

David Prowse Net Worth $3 Million

David was raised by his mother, and never met his father who left the family before he was even born. Growing up in a working family, David soon obtained working habits, and although an under performing student in school, he took weightlifting and bodybuilding as his call. Little by little he was progressing, and eventually became a British champion in weightlifting. While being a competitor at weightlifting events, he befriended, among others Arnold Schwarzenegger and the two became lifelong friends. Thanks to his height and overall towering stature, he was offered a role in the film “Casino Royale” (1967) as Frankenstein`s Monster, and of course accepted the role, so his acting career began. Before the`60s ended, he made several brief appearances in such productions as David Miller`s “Hammerhead” (1968) with Vince Edwards and Judy Geeson, “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1968), and “Crossplot” (1969); his net worth was established.

He began the `70s again as a monster, in “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), and in 1971 featured in Stanley Kubrick`s “A Clockwork Orange”, starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates. The next year he appeared in “The Chastity Belt”, and continued to make steady appearances through the 1970s in such productions as “Black Snake” (1973), “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974), “Jabberwocky” (1977), and in 1977 was firstly selected for the role of Darth Vader in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (1977), presenting his physical form. He portrayed Darth Vader in the sequels “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” (1983). This particular role is the hallmark of his career, and has certainly benefited his net worth to a great degree.

After the fallout with producers and the rest of the staff of “Star Wars”, David began slowly to retreat from the acting scene, but still made several screen appearances, including in the “William Tell” TV series in 1989, and years later in the film “The Kindness of Strangers” (2010). He also made an appearance in the TV mini-series “Mission Backup Earth” in 2016, however, his role as Darth Vader remains as his most successful one to the present.

Regarding his personal life, David has been married to Norma since 1963; the couple has three children together. Prowse has had several health problems over the years, battling arthritis for much of his life, while in 2009 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but has managed to overcome the illness.

Full NameDavid Prowse
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 1, 1935
Place Of BirthBristol, United Kingdom
Height1.96 m
EducationBristol Grammar School
SpouseNorma Prowse
SiblingsBob Prowse
MoviesStar Wars, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, A Clockwork Orange, I Am Your Father, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Horror of Frankenstein, Jabberwocky, Vampire Circus, The People That Time Forgot, Black Snake, The Making of Star Wars, Saving Star Wars, Up the Chastity Belt, Wh...
TV ShowsStar Wars Holiday Special, Mission Backup Earth
1Darth Vader in the Star Wars films
2Towering height and muscular physique
1[on being replaced as the face of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)] Everybody comes up and says, 'It wasn't you they unmasked as Darth Vader, was it?' and I say, 'Well, no, it wasn't actually.' The guy that played Darth Vader was a guy called Sebastian Shaw and Sebastian Shaw was a good friend of Alec Guinness's and, by all accounts, he was out of work. He'd been out of work for a long period and he was having a bad time financially. And he said to Sir Alec, 'Could you do me a favour?' He said, 'I'm destitute. Is there any chance of you having a word with George Lucas to see if there's a possibility of a part in this movie?' So Alec had a word with George and George said, 'The only part we can offer you is the dying Darth Vader.' And all this was done without me knowing anything about it. I mean, I'm watching the movie and they unmask somebody completely different and then you sort of think, 'Well, why wasn't that me?' But then, when you learn how it all came about, you know, if it helped him in any way, then all well and good. But everybody comes up to me and says, 'Why wasn't it you that was unmasked as Darth Vader?' And I say, 'I'll tell you about it later.'
2[on missing out on payments for his Darth Vader performance] I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you.
3(2010) On his fight with prostate cancer: "I've won the fight and I'm feeling better than ever. Everyone was shocked by how well it all (treatment) went".
4[Asked if during the making of the original Star Wars trilogy at any point, did he feel claustrophobic due to the mask and suit completely covering his whole body while at Collectormania 10 at Milton Keynes] "The suit was made to fit and was very, very comfortable, so no I didn't feel at all claustrophobic, but the only problem I did experience was that in the mask I got very, very hot!"
5[on his work as the Green Cross Code Man]: "Best job I've ever had."
6[on having to choose between playing Darth Vader and Chewbacca in "Star Wars"]: I took the part of the villain because everyone remembers the villain.
1A friend of David Jason since the beginning of Jason's TV career.
2He is the only actor to play Frankenstein's Monster in more than one Hammer film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
3Attended Collectormania 7 in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. [May 2005]
4Celebrity attraction at Toys4BigBoys in Dublin, Ireland. [November 2009]
5Currently lives in Croydon, London, England. [February 2004]
6Has a passion for motorcycles and in his early career owned many.
7Diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2009. Announced in February 2010 that he had made a full recovery following intensive radio therapy at a London hospital.
8In Casino Royale (1967), he plays a character known only as "Sir". He looks like Frankenstein's Creature, but is never called or credited as such. "Sir" is only in the film a few seconds.
9Played part of the aide to Patrick Magee's character in the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). He was chosen due to the fact that he was able to lift and carry the wheelchair-bound Magee. He said that the director was not known as "one-take Kubrick" and he had to repeat the scene multiple times. At one point, the shooting was halted because the recording technician said that there was a strange noise in the last take. This was discovered to be due to a microphone that was on David and picking up his accelerated heartbeat and heavier breathing.
10His performance as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
11Before he entered films, he was a hardworking apprentice engineer at BOAC in Bristol.
12Said that of all the directors he worked with while making the original Star Wars trilogy, Irvin Kershner, who directed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), was his favorite. David praised Irvin Kershner in an interview for being very helpful and supportive of the actors.
13Three clips are available on the Star Wars making of documentary DVD of Prowse speaking Darth Vader's lines.
14Prowse and James Earl Jones have never met in person.
15He was barred from doing the lightsaber duels in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) because he kept breaking the poles that stood in for the laser blades during the first film. The lightsaber duels in the sequels were instead done by Bob Anderson, the swordmaster who handled the lightsaber choreography; in order to make up for the height difference, Bob Anderson wore platform shoes and was often filmed from low angles.
16Despite the fame of Darth Vader, Prowse says that the role he is most proud of is the Green Cross Code Man.
17He was the special guest at the first sci-fi convention in the northwest (England) at Lancaster and Morecambe College on 3rd October 2004.
18He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to charity and road safety.
19When Sebastian Shaw was revealed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as the "man behind Darth Vader's mask", Darth Vader became the first recurring role in a movie series to be played by three actors at the same time: body by Prowse, voice by James Earl Jones and face by Sebastian Shaw.
20Attended Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, England. Actors Julian Glover and Timothy West were in the same year there.
21Attended the I Central American Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Convention at Guatemala City, Guatemala on July 27-28, 2002, to talk about his character (Darth Vader) on the first Star Wars trilogy, along with Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
22Once complained in an interview that he felt he "wasn't getting any publicity" for his work as Darth Vader.
23He commented in an interview that he was unaware that his voice been dubbed with that of James Earl Jones' until he saw the movie Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) on opening night.
24Appeared as a strongman in the famous "Wishing Well" sketch from the first season of The Benny Hill Show (1969), which was used by the show's American syndicator to pitch the program to U.S. television stations.
25Because of his loftiness, George Lucas hired him to occupy the costume of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). But because of his British accent, Lucas chose James Earl Jones as the voice of Vader
26Owned a gym "The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre" in London, England. His brother Bob Prowse used to manage it for him before opening his own Health Club in Maidstone.
27Was the Green Cross Code Man, a character used to teach [British] children how to cross the road safely.
28Trained Christopher Reeve for the title role in the first Superman (1978) movie.
29Is a former weightlifting champion.


Comic Book: The Movie2004VideoDave Prowse
Ravedactyl: Project Evolution2003ShortSunder
Vita lögner1998TV SeriesHotel Guest
Monopoly Star Wars1997Video GameDarth Vader
Crossbow1989TV SeriesCassius
More Bloody Meetings1984Video documentary shortBusinessman
The Benny Hill Show1969-1984TV SeriesStrongman / Muscleman in 'Ye Olde Wishing Well' Sketch
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Darth Vader
The Rose Medallion1981TV SeriesStanley
Take a Chance1981TV SeriesAtom
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy1981TV SeriesBodyguard
The Morecambe & Wise Show1980TV SeriesCosmo the Giant
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980Darth Vader
As You Like It1978TV MovieCharles
A Horseman Riding By1978TV SeriesJem Pollock
The People That Time Forgot1977Executioner (as Dave Prowse)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope1977Darth Vader
Jabberwocky1977Red Herring and Black Knights (as Dave Prowse)
Gulliver's Travels1977uncredited
Space: 19991976TV SeriesCloud Creature
Warship1976TV SeriesThe Ape
The Kenneth Williams Show1976TV Series
The Morecambe & Wise Show1976TV Series
Little House on the Prairie1975TV SeriesSawmill foreman
Confessions of a Pop Performer1975Man at cinema
Churchill's People1975TV SeriesHnaudifida
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs1974TV SeriesJohansson
Callan1974Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
The Best of Benny Hill1974Muscleman ('Ye Olde Wishing Well')
Doctor at Sea1974TV SeriesNobby
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell1974Monster (as Dave Prowse)
White Cargo1973Harry (as Dave Prowse)
The Two Ronnies1973TV Series
Arthur of the Britons1973TV SeriesBrosk / Col
Sir Yellow1973TV SeriesBodyguard
The Tomorrow People1973TV SeriesAndroid
Black Snake1973Jonathan Walker (as Dave Prowse)
Double Take1972Actor
Doctor Who1972TV SeriesMinotaur
Vampire Circus1972Strongman (as Dave Prowse)
The Chastity Belt1972Sir Grumbel (as Dave Prowse)
A Clockwork Orange1971Julian
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine1971TV SeriesVarious Characters
Up Pompeii1971Muscular Man (uncredited)
Carry on Henry VIII1971Bearded Torturer (as Dave Prowse)
From a Bird's Eye View1970TV SeriesFirst Vespucci
The Horror of Frankenstein1970The Monster (as Dave Prowse)
Ace of Wands1970TV SeriesKal
Hark at Barker1970TV SeriesMasseur
Callan1970TV SeriesWellington
Codename1970TV SeriesBodyguard
Crossplot1969Wedding guest
Department S1969TV SeriesAdolfo
The Champions1968-1969TV SeriesGuest at Bey's party / Weightlifter
The Saint1969TV SeriesTony
Softly Softly1968TV SeriesJohnny
The Beverly Hillbillies1968TV SeriesEmlyn MacGregor
The Wednesday Play1968TV SeriesMooney
I Am What I Am1967Jelly-Roll's Partner (uncredited)
Boy Meets Girl1967TV SeriesBoy
Casino Royale1967Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesAlbert (1979)
Mission Backup Earth2016TV Mini-SeriesProfessor Henry Wales
The Kindness of Strangers2010Frank Bryan
Open Mic'rs2006Dave Prowse
Order of the Sith: Downfall2006ShortCommander Prowse
Saving 'Star Wars'2004Dave Prowse


Superman1978physical trainer: Christopher Reeve - uncredited


The Best of Hollywood1998TV Movie documentary thanks


Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Greatest Sci-Fi Movies2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema 32015TV SeriesHimself
I Am Your Father2015DocumentaryHimself
Elstree 19762015DocumentaryHimself
Die Abendschau2015TV Series documentaryHimself
From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree2014DocumentaryHimself
Taking Over the Asylum: The Making of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell2013Video documentary shortHimself (as Dave Prowse MBE)
Southern Troopers2011TV SeriesHimself
The Bloodiest Show on Earth: Making Vampire Circus2010Video documentary shortHimself
The People vs. George Lucas2010DocumentaryHimself - Actor
Bring Back... Star Wars2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Legend of Hammer Vampires2008Video documentaryHimself
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentaryHimself
After They Were Famous2005TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Annual Spaceys2004TV SpecialHimself
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 102004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wizard World Chicago 20022002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Dave Prowse)
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story1999Video documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest TV Moments1999TV SpecialHimself
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Return of the Ewok1982Video shortHimself / Darth Vader
Arena1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Star Games1980TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Star Wars'1977TV Movie documentaryDarth Vader (uncredited)
World of Sport1964TV Series 1964

Archive Footage

The Drunken Peasants2016TV SeriesDarth Vader
Star Wars at the BBC2015TV Short documentaryHimself / Darth Vader (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesDarth Vader
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2007-2013TV Series documentaryMonster
Welcome to the Basement2013TV SeriesDarth Vader
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesDarth Vader
Prophets of Science Fiction2012TV Series documentaryDarth Vader
20 to 12006-2010TV Series documentaryDarth Vader
Happy Birthday OU2009TV Movie documentaryThe Balcony
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesDarth Vader
Hammer Horror2007Video documentary shortMonster
Today Tonight2007TV SeriesDarth Vader
Heart of an Empire2007DocumentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Science of Star Wars2005TV Mini-Series documentary
The Birth of the Lightsaber2004Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Star Wars: Battlefront2004Video GameDarth Vader
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself / Darth Vader
Heroes of Comedy1998TV Series documentary
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryThe Monster
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook1991DocumentaryThe Monster
Muppet Babies1986TV SeriesDarth Vader
The Star Wars Holiday Special1978TV MovieDarth Vader

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