He saved thousands of children’s lives before retiring but the Green Cross Code man is today making a comeback to teach adults to Stop, Look, Listen.
David Prowse, 79, sprung into action after learning 10,384 pedestrians were hit after stepping into the road without looking last year.
The 6ft 6ins giant, also famed for playing Darth Vader in Star Wars, blamed gadgets for distracting people.
He said: “It’s hard to believe the Green Cross Code man has had to come back to teach adults how to cross the road. But I’m thrilled to do it – road safety is a passion of mine.”
David, whose TV ads ran from 1975-90, was asked by insurer More Than to appear in two YouTube films for Road Safety Week.
He stops a dad with a pram getting run over as he checks his mobile and also saves a youth listening to music on headphones.
The giant actor said: “When the original Green Cross Man public information films ran, road accident rates reduced significantly. But that was in the days before pedestrians wandered around glued to their smartphones or wearing giant headphones.
“Now it appears adults are completely out of practice with road safety.I hope these new films can have the same positive impact on roadside behaviours as the original series did.”
Figures from the Department of Transport show last year there were 1,272 fatal or serious injury road accidents involving pedestrians aged 25 to 59.
They were by far the biggest group affected with 162 five to seven-year-old pedestrians involved in major road accidents and 284 eight to 11-year-olds injured or killed while crossing the road.
And there were 10,384 incidents where pedestrians had failed to check the traffic before crossing.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “Looking properly when you are walking is as important as when you are driving, so take care not to be dangerously distracted, whether by mobile phones, listening to music or being caught up in conversations with other people.
“Being able to use all of your senses while you are on the road is important and using mobile phones can, of course, be distracting. It is important to be aware when interacting with traffic.”