#570 David Prowse / Billy Graham – 01 July 1935

David Prowse

David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July 1935) is an English former bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor, most widely known for playing the role of Darth Vader in physical form. In Britain, he is also remembered as having played the Green Cross Codeman. Prowse is a native of Bristol, where he attended Bristol Grammar School. Prowse won the British heavyweight weightlifting championship in 1962 and the following two years. He helped train Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman in the 1978 film and its sequels.

Billy Graham

Billy Graham (July 1, 1935-1999) was an African-American comic-book artist best known for his work on the Marvel Comics series Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and Jungle Action feature, “Black Panther”, considered the first modern black superhero. His work in comics ranged from the early days of Warren Publications’ horror tales (including Vamperella), to his years working as a penciler and inker with Marvel Comics and Eclipse Magazine, where he drew Don McGregor’s Sabre series. Billy Graham was also and actor and a playwright.


Also born on this day:
James Cotton is an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter.
Rini Templeton was an American graphic artist, sculptor , and  political activist.
Oliver Mlakar is a Croatian television presenter.
Cecil Franks is a British solicitor and politician from Manchester.
Pat Quinn was an Irish publican, hotelier, music promoter, storyteller and former millionaire.
D. G. S. Dhinakaran was an Indian evangelical preacher.
Lothar Koch  was the principal oboist in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Geraldo Magela is a Brazilian politician.
Roy Askevold was a Norwegian amateur boxer who competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Lou Hyndman is a Canadian academic, lawyer and retired politician.
Benjamin Dwomoh is a retired Ghanaian football referee.
Gordon Baym is an American theoretical physicist.
Ummareddy Venkateeswarlu is an Indian agricultural scientist and politician.
George Bon Salle is a former professional basketball player.
Ann Atwater is a civil rights activist.

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