With a name like Darthvader Williamson, this Tennessee man could have gone to the dark side, but instead he's a force for good.
Darthvader is a surgery technician at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, and is sharing his quirky story to celebrate May 4 — Star Wars Day.
The name is on his birth certificate, he told the hospital in an interview.
"When I was born, my mother wanted me to be named Junior, which was after my father, Anthony Lee Williamson," he said. "But him being a Star Wars buff, he was so enamored with the character Darth Vader, he was like, 'This would be one bad name for our son.'
"Under the effects of anesthesia, [my mother] would've agreed to anything. She was like, 'Yeah, OK fine.' When she realized what she had done afterwards, she was like, 'What've we done?!' He was like, 'No, no, it's cool, he'll be OK.' And it just stuck."
But he does have one dark secret: He's not a huge Star Wars fan. He admitted that he hasn't seen any of the newer movies, only the original three.
In spite of that fact, he can't escape the quirky name.
"There are some people who really go overboard" when they hear it, he said. "I've been asked for autographs, I've been asked to take pictures... It's both good and bad."
Darthvader, who's been a surgical assistant and tech for 21 years, including 10 at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, works with the hospital’s robots and technology, including its new state-of-the-art imaging system.
He likes the job because of "the feeling of being part of something that is really meaningful to our patients," he said.
And never too far from his side is "Mini V," a Darth Vader doll that was hand-knitted by a colleague.
"It's just — it's just me," he said of the doll. "It's a one-of-a-kind piece... It's one of my most cherished possessions."