The Many Lives of Darth Vader

Since his debut in the 1977 movie Star Wars, Darth Vader has been a rather busy Sith Lord. Apart from appearing in several movies since, Vader has also taken time out to participate in many other activities. For example, in recent months, he has shown a keen interest in Ukrainian politics. Over the years, news photographers have captured Lord Vader at premieres, rallies, promotional events, conferences, and sporting events, and even caught him at some low points, including a bank robbery. Gathered here are a handful of images of Vader's offscreen appearances around the world (Earth). [25 photos total]

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Darth Vader, Sith Lord, stands alone in a rainstorm in Berlin, Germany. (An actor waits for tourists who want to be photographed together with him, in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a thunderstorm in Berlin on June 14, 2011.) (AP Photo / Michael Sohn) #
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You are unwise to lower your bat. Lord Vader throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. (An actor throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Arlington, Texas, on September 5, 2014.) (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez) #
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One from the scrapbooks. Waiting with fans to see the premiere of his third movie in 1983. (Fan Danny Fitzgerald of Staten Island poses in front of Loews Astor Plaza movie theater in Times Square in New York, waiting for the premiere of "The Return of the Jedi," the third in a series of the "Star Wars" saga, on May 25, 1983.) (AP Photo / Dave Pickoff) #
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Leave these to me. I will deal with them myself. (Hugo Casachahua, dressed as Darth Vader, looks at roast chickens .through the window of a restaurant while waiting for the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith" in Lima, Peru, on May 18, 2005.) (AP Photo / Karel Navarro) #
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Your lack of Holiday Cheer disturbs me. (A man dressed as Santa Vader sits on a bench as people walk past at Comic-Con in New York on October 12, 2013.) (Reuters / Carlo Allegri) #
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A common sight in Kiev, Ukraine. (Kiev's mayoral candidate for the Internet Party arrives to speak to the media on Volodymyrska Hill on May 22, 2014 in Kiev.) (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) #
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Dark times. (A person wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape is captured on surveillance camera robbing a Chase bank in Setauket, New York, on July 22, 2010.) (AP Photo Suffolk County Police Department) #
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Caught on camera. (A person wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape is captured on surveillance camera robbing a Chase bank in Setauket, New York, on July 22, 2010.) (AP Photo / Suffolk County Police Department) #
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Lord Vader speaks in front of Ukraine's Central Election Commission building. (A man wearing the outfit of Darth Vader, who announced he was running for president as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP), speaks as he takes part to a protest action in Kiev on April 3, 2014.) (Sergei Supinsky / AFP Getty Images) #
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I have altered my attire. Pray I don't alter it any further. (Ed Griffin, partially dressed as Darth Vader, poses as a participant takes his picture during the Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Sandy Point State Park, in Annapolis, Maryland.) (AP Photo / Matthew S. Gunby) #
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Catching up on the news. (Hugo Casachahua, dressed as Darth Vader, reads a newspaper while waiting for the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith" in Lima, Peru, on May 18, 2005.) (AP Photo Karel Navarro) #
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"Chef Vader", Dark Lord of the Barbecue, offers up a Gungan dish. (Participants dressed as Star Wars characters arrive at the pop culture convention Comic Con in San Diego, California, on July 22, 2010.) (Reuters / Mike Blake) #
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Another from the scrapbook, with Hamilton at the 1980 Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films Awards. (Actor George Hamilton in tuxedo, and actress Vicki Omelveny, in white dress, are accompanied by Star Wars characters, as they arrive at the 7th Annual Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 27, 1980. Hamilton took the best actor honors for his role in "Love at First Bite.") (AP Photo / Huynh) #
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Impressive. Most impressive. (A man wearing the outfit of Darth Vader, who announced he was running for president as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP), grabs a piece of meat from a market stall in front of the Central Election Commission building in Kiev on April 3, 2014.) (Sergei Supinsky / AFP Getty Images) #
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Do not underestimate the power of dark chocolate. (Darth Vader poses with a simulated bag of dark chocolate M&M's in New York, on March 29, 2005.) (AP Photo / Adam Rountree) #
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I have you now! (A hot air balloon shaped like Darth Vader's head floats over early morning fog in Canberra on March 9, 2013.) (Reuters / Daniel Munoz) #
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This man seems somehow familiar, a presence I haven't felt since... (Darth Vader accepts the Ultimate Villain award from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas during the 2011 Scream Awards, in Los Angeles on October 15, 2011.) (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello ) #
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You may dispense with the pleasantries. (Kiev's mayoral candidate for the Internet Party arrives to speak to the media on Volodymyrska Hill on May 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.) (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) #
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Darth Vader, escorted by storm troopers, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on December 22, 2009. (AP Photo / Henny Ray Abrams) #
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Your destiny lies with me Luigi. (Tourists laugh as street artists enter a subway station at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on October 25, 2012.) (Johannes Eisele / AFP Getty Images) #
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All too easy. (Darth Vader, previously known as Viktor Shevchenko, waits to receive his ballot papers at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 26, 2014.) (AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky) #
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Hot... so hot. I've not been this hot since Mustafar. (Randy Kern (left) and John Rice dress as Star Wars characters for their own annual snapshot tradition near an unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitors Center reading of 131 degrees F (55 degrees C), believed by officials to be about three degree on the high side, as a heat wave spreads across the American West on June 30, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California.) (David McNew / Getty Images) #
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With this position, I can finally bring order to the galaxy. (Senator Tommy Williams leaves his desk wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape during the session in the Texas Senate in Austin, Texas, on May 10, 2007.) (AP Photo / Harry Cabluck) #
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Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father. (A candidate representing the Internet Party of Ukraine kneels in front of a crying boy during a meeting with supporters and voters in Kiev on October 22, 2014.) (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko) #
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The force is strong with these snacks - what a savings! (A person dressed as Darth Vader stands in a convenience store during a promotional event for "Star Wars Celebration Japan" in Tokyo on July 1, 2008.) (Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

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