By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died.

Prowse’s agent confirmed that the actor passed away after a short illness.

Prowse was best known for his role as Darth Vader with his 6’7″ frame filling out the iconic black suit in the original trilogy from 1977-1983.

His British accent was not considered suitable for the role of Luke Skywalker’s father, so his lines were voiced by James Earl Jones.

Beyond the movie screen, Prowse had a passion for bodybuilding and was a three-time British weightlifting champion.

He was 85 years old.