He is alive and effectively and residing in Tennessee.
Darth Vader Williamson, 39, is a surgical technician at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett in suburban Memphis. And sure, that is his actual title. His dad and mom gave it to him at start in 1978, lower than a 12 months after the unique “Star Wars” got here out.
“After I was born my mom needed me to be named Junior, after my father. However my dad was a ‘Star Wars’ buff,” Williamson mentioned. “He was so enamored with the character Darth Vader that he was like, ‘This might be one unhealthy title for our son.”
Dangerous, as in good.
“Beneath the results of anesthesia, (my mom) would have agreed to something. She was like, ‘Yeah, OK, tremendous.’ And … afterward, she was like, ‘Uh, what have we finished?'”
Williamson has labored on the hospital for 10 years with out a lot fanfare. That modified this 12 months, because of an enterprising hospital spokesman named Derek Venckus.
“I had heard individuals on the hospital discuss with Darth Vader in surgical procedure,” Venckus mentioned. “And I used to be like, ‘That is not his actual title.”
So Venckus tracked Williamson down, filmed a brief video with him and posted it on-line in time for Could Fourth, the unofficial “Star Wars” vacation (“Could the Fourth be with you,” get it?).
Within the clip Williamson explains the origins of his title, wields a lightsaber and exhibits off a Darth Vader doll, “Mini V,” coworker knitted for him.
Williamson says he did not like his uncommon title as a baby. Children teased him on the playground. Lecturers giggled whereas calling on him at school.
“At first I used to be like, ‘Man, what have you ever all finished to me?’ he mentioned. “However as soon as I received via highschool and the ladies had been digging it, I believed, ‘I can use this to my benefit.'”
Williamson describes himself as a low-key man who has by no means sought any particular remedy for being named after one of the crucial iconic villains in film historical past. His two daughters, 15 and 10, roll their eyes at any time when anybody makes a fuss over it.
That hasn’t stopped another individuals from freaking out, although.
A state trooper pulled him over for rushing final 12 months and was so delighted by the title on Williamson’s license that he let him go along with only a warning.
“Some individuals go overboard,” Williamson mentioned. “I have been requested for autographs. I have been requested to take footage. I’ve had individuals say, ‘Hey, the opening for the brand new ‘Star Wars’ is popping out. Are you able to go along with me?'”
The reply is not any. And here is the place it will get somewhat awkward.
Williamson hasn’t seen any of the “Star Wars” films since “Return of the Jedi” in 1983.
Actually, he would not even actually like “Star Wars” all that a lot. He prefers the “Alien” films.
And Darth Vader is not even his favourite “Star Wars” character. It is Boba Fett.