By Sandra Birungi
Star Wars actor, Richard LeParmentier has died.
LeParmentier was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946 to British and Irish parents but moved to the UK in 1974. He was married to British actress Sarah Douglas, who played the villain, Ursa in Superman II from 1981 to 1984. He acted as a choking victim in Star Wars villain Darth Vader in 1977 film, A New Hope. He died aged 66.
His son, Tyrone said his father died suddenly but did not offer more details. “He absolutely loved traveling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Stars Wars fans, whose tributes have given us all the best lines in this message,” LeParmentier’s family said in a statement. “He was no respecter of convention, except comic conventions. Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him,” they added.
According to TMZ, circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear. Despite appearing in over 30 movies, LeParmentier is most remembered for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Some of his other movie credits include playing a British police lieutenant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988, he appeared in the Christopher Reeve film as a reporter, in a James Bond film, Octopussy and the TV shows Capital City and We’ll Meet Again.
Talking about his famous Star Wars scene, LeParmentier said, “I did the choking effect by flexing muscles in my neck. It set off a chain of events, that choking. I can’t do it anymore because, oddly enough, I have had an operation on my neck and had some 21st century titanium joints put into it.”
LeParmentier died at his home in Austin, Texas yesterday, Tuesday 16th. He is survived by children, Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier.