Darth Vader pre-James Earl Jones

Before James Earl Jones famously provided his formidable voice as Darth Vader and became a figure of worship for geeks everywhere, a 6′ 7” tall and physically imposing Welsh actor and former bodybuilder David Prowse suited up in Darth Vader’s black suit. What was lacking, however, was a certain tone to his voice. Though no fault of his own, his Welsh accent didn’t provide quite the menacing “umph” that director George Lucas was looking for, as you can see for yourself in the clip above. As a couple snarky MeFite commentators wrote:

“I find your lack of bass resonance disturbing.”
“Wow. Vader as a mid-level, bitchy, Tory functionary…”