03 Jan '12, 1am

Movie sword-fight master who fought lightsaber battles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars films dies aged 89

Movie sword-fight master who fought lightsaber battles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars films dies aged 89

In this Sept 2009 photo made available by Leon Hill, Bob Anderson (above) attends the diamond jubilee celebrations of the British Academy of Fencing in Warwick, England. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (AP) - Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film's most famous dueling scenes - though few viewers knew it. Anderson, who has died at age 89, donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Anderson, who worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt performer, died early New Year's Day at an English hospital, the British Academy of Fencing said on Monday. Vader, Star Wars' intergalactic arch-villain, was voiced by James Earl Jones and played by 1.98m former weightlifter D...

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