For five decades, British sword master Bob Anderson graced the screen as fight director and stunt performer with such luminaries as Errol Flynn and Antonio Banderas. He played Darth Vader in fight sceens for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Anderson died January 1, 2012 in England at the age of 89.
"I never took up the sword," Anderson said in an interview for the 2009 documentary Reclaiming the Blade. "I think the sword took me up." In the 1950s, Anderson became coach of Britain's national fencing team, a post he held until the late 1970s. He later served as technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association.