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Darth Vader actor David Prowse banned for 'annoying' director George Lucas

The British actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has been banned from attending offical fan conventions, it has been claimed.

Friends of David Prowse, 75, say he is being punished after “annoying” George Lucas, the films’ creator.

Prowse’s website said he could not attend a forthcoming conference or any "Lucasfilm associated event", adding: "The only thing I've been told is I've burnt too many bridges between Lucasfilm and myself.

"Sincere apologies to all my fans who were hoping to meet with me - I shall miss you too."

Prowse appeared in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi playing baddie Darth Vader, while James Earl Jones provided Vader's voice.

The Sun newspaper reported that Lucas promised 6ft 6in Prowse he would be seen and heard at the end of the trilogy when Vader's mask is removed, but that in the end another actor was used, upsetting Prowse.

The actor, also appeared as the Green Cross Code man teaching youngsters to stop, look and listen before crossing the road in the 1970s television campaign, is now no longer invited to cast reunions.

Last year he complained that he was missing out on a share of the box office takings of Return of the Jedi, because the film had not made a profit.

A friend told The Sun: "Dave never received much money for his role and was always shoved to the side. He believes he's been an embarrassment or annoying to Lucas.

"But he lives for conventions. So to strip this from him too is heartbreaking."

© Telegraph.co.uk