I'm old enough to remember the green cross code man. Thanks for giving Vader that looming presence Mr. Prowse. A fellow Bristolian, rest in peace me old babber! From the BBC: Dave Prowse, the Bristolian former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85. Prowse was cast as Vader for his imposing physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones. The weightlifter-turned-actor was most proud of playing the Green Cross Code Man. The role, promoting road safety in the UK, earned him an MBE.