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Vader portrayer treated for cancer

Star Wars character Darth Vader holds up a model of the new Star War-themed M&M's which is unveiled in Time Square on March 29, 2005 in New York City. Masterfoods USA, the makers of M&M's, is marketing a dark chocolate version of the popular candy as they promote the movie Star Wars:Episode III Revenge of the Sith. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
Star Wars character Darth Vader holds up a model of the new Star War-themed M&M's which is unveiled in Time Square on March 29, 2005 in New York City. Masterfoods USA, the makers of M&M's, is marketing a dark chocolate version of the popular candy as they promote the movie "Star Wars:Episode III Revenge of the Sith." (UPI Photo/Monika Graff) | License Photo

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- British actor David Prowse says he has been undergoing radiotherapy for two months to treat prostrate cancer, the New York Daily News reported.

Prowse, 73, is best known for playing Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" blockbusters, even though James Earl Jones is frequently identified with the masked character because he provided the iconic villain's memorable voice.

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A former weightlifter, Prowse had small roles in the films "A Clockwork Orange," "Vampire Circus" and the original "Casino Royale." He also trained Daniel Day-Lewis for his action role in "The Last of the Mohicans," and the late Christopher Reeve for his work as Superman, Prowse's Web site said.

"I feel fantastic, no problems whatsoever," the Daily News quoted Prowse as saying in an interview for British radio about his cancer treatment. "The only thing I've had is hot flushes."

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