So someone had to teach Mark Hamill, David Prowse and Sir Alec Guinness how to convincingly wield those light sabers.
His name was Bob Anderson. And he’s died at age 89. Digital Spy UK has the story:
“The fighting trainer was best known for his work on Star Wars and Lord of the Rings – the latter of which involved the crafting of various fighting styles for the different races.
Anderson played Darth Vader during the lightsaber duels in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The former British competitive fencer passed away peacefully in hospital at 4am on January 1, reports The British Academy of Fencing.
Mark Hamill highlighted Anderson’s contribution to Star Wars for the first time in a 1983 interview.
“Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader’s fighting,” he said.”
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