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Darth Vader's Swordfighting Double, Bob Anderson, Dies at 89

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The man who wore Darth Vader's costume during the Dark Lord's epic light saber fights in two "Star Wars" movies has died at the age of 89.

Former British Olympic fencer Bob Anderson stepped in for Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse during fight scenes in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi."

But the "Star Wars" movies were not his first experience with Hollywood. Not by a long shot.

Anderson first coached Hollywood legend Errol Flynn in fencing. He went on to teach scores of stars swordfighting, including Sean Connery and Johnny Depp.

Anderson also directed swordfights in movies including "The Mask of Zorro," "The Princess Bride," and "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy.

Anderson, who died on Sunday, got involved with movie-making after competing in the 1952 Olympics. He placed fifth for England in a team fencing competition.

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