The iconic Star Wars character Darth Vader was such a large force it took three men to play him. James Earl Jones utilized his powerful voice to characterize the man behind the mask, while actor David Prowse was usually the performer wearing the dark headgear and flowing cape. That is except when Vader wielded his light saber. Then Bob Anderson wore the menacing costume and six-inch lifts in his shoes to match Prowse’s commanding height.
Anderson passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 89 in an English hospital, as reported by The British Academy of Fencing. Anderson not only left his mark on the three original Star Wars movies, he also had a hand in the sword play that was such a big part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The swordsman, who worked with everyone from Viggo Mortensen to Errol Flynn in movies, was also a member of Great Britain’s Olympic fencing squad that competed in Helsinki in 1952.
For more light saber tomfoolery and mash-ups, see the PopFi post about a drunken faux Vader attacking his neighbors. And now that Vader’s on your mind, you do want to see that cute Super Bowl commercial of the kid dressed like Darth that tries to use his Force.