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Actor David Prowse - Darth Vader - has dementia

David Prowse was chosen for the role of Darth Vader thanks to his 6-foot-7 frame.

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Actor David Prowse - Darth Vader - has dementia
Darth Vader and the rest of the characters from Star Wars walk down the hall way to meet with fans before the New York Mets play the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York City on July 23, 2012. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

HACKENSACK, N.J., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The actor who wore the Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars movies says he'd like a cameo in the upcoming The Force Awakens, but he's suffering from dementia and probably would forget his scenes.

David Prowse portrayed Vader in the first three films, from 1977 to 1983. He was chosen for his 6-foot-7 frame. The character was memorably voiced by James Earl Jones.

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The 79-year-old shared news of his illness just hours after the first teaser trailer for JJ Abrams' upcoming film was released online.

Prowse told the Mirror that he had been hoping for a cameo, even though Darth Vader had long been killed off. But when he saw the new trailer, he came to grips with the fact that he won't be in any of the upcoming movies.

Several of the original Star Wars cast members, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, are signed on for the upcoming Episode 7: The Force Awakens.

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