Star Wars actor David Prowse is continually amazed by the devotion of his die-hard fans - because nearly 20 years have passed since he first starred as DARTH VADER in the sci-fi saga.

And Prowse, 69, was particularly overwhelmed by the 30,000 fervent fanatics who swamped CELEBRATION III, the recent Star Wars convention in Indianapolis (21APR05).

He says, "I've had fans cry in front of me and say, 'It's the culmination of 20 years coming to see you.'

"They show me a tattoo and get me to sign it and then go off and get the signature tattooed, then come back and show me.

"They ask me back to their home and the whole basement is crammed with everything Star Wars."

01/05/2005 21:13