Richard LeParmentier, January 2004
July 16, 1946|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||April 15, 2013
Austin, Texas, United States
|Residence||Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Douglas (1981–1984; divorced)|
Richard LeParmentier (July 16, 1946 – April 15, 2013) was an American actor who worked primarily and lived in the United Kingdom, best known for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and the acerbic police Lt. Santino in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
LeParmentier, born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States on July 16, 1946, grew up on a dairy farm. His father came from the isle of Guernsey and his mother from County Mayo in Ireland. LeParmentier lived in Hollywood, Florida during his teen years, and there his school drama-teacher suggested he become a professional actor. He attended a drama course at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan before moving to the United Kingdom in 1974.
After appearing in a Fringe theatre production that was broadcast by the BBC, LeParmentier was granted an Equity union membership card and toured with the Incubus Theatre Company. His first film role was as lawyer Felix Hoffman in the 1974's Stardust and the following year he appeared in the film Rollerball. He also made numerous appearances on British television. His most prominent role was that of Admiral Motti, the arrogant, mocking Imperial officer who is choked by Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977), after Vader finds his "lack of faith disturbing". Mark Newbold, writing on the official Star Wars website, described the role as leaving "an indelible imprint on the Star Wars galaxy, helping to illustrate the fearsome powers of Lord Vader as well as the arrogance and malice of a bloated and over-confident Empire." LeParmentier had auditioned for the role of Han Solo, one of the film's main characters. The auditions for Star Wars were also used for Brian DePalma's Carrie and LeParmentier was cast as the high school principal in the latter. The film's production was delayed for nine months, so LeParmentier had to drop out of the role. He was offered a two-line role as a customs officer in Star Wars, but deemed the part too small. Star Wars' writer and director George Lucas cut the part, and the following month LeParmentier was cast as Motti. Additionally prior to gaining the role, LeParmentier was initially to portray a "Mos Eisley bureaucrat named Montross." However, before production began, the character was ultimately omitted from the film.
LeParmentier costarred with Sarah Douglas and Terence Stamp (who later portrayed Supreme Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace) in Superman II. He also had roles in films such as Octopussy (1983), which also featured another Star Wars actor, Jeremy Bulloch and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) as Lt. Santino. His last screen role was in 1992, and from 1988 his focus became largely writing and producing. He wrote for several British television series including The Bill and Boon, with his writing partner Paddy Fletcher. He founded the production company Three Rivers Productions in 2008. LeParmentier became a "staple" of the Star Wars and science-fiction convention circuit, and made a cameo appearance in an online commercial for the 2012 Xbox 360 video game Kinect Star Wars, which re-created his famous scene from Star Wars. At the time of his death, he was working on Motti Now, a parody of Apocalypse Now, featuring other Star Wars alumni such as Kenneth Colley, Jeremy Bulloch, Garrick Hagon and Jerome Blake.
Personal life and death
From 1981 to 1984, LeParmentier was married firstly to the British actress Sarah Douglas, who is best known for playing the role of Ursa in Superman and Superman II. The two appeared in several films together, including Rollerball, The People That Time Forgot, and Superman II. He had three children with his second wife, Cheryl Le Parmentier: Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone. He was staying with them at the time of his death.
|1977||Blind Man's Bluff||Mr. Oliver|
|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope||Admiral Motti|||
|The People That Time Forgot||Lieutenant Whitby|
|1979||The Music Machine||Jay Reltano|
|1980||Silver Dream Racer||Journalist|
|1981||Reds||Man Drinking with Pete Van Wherry||Uncredited|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Lieutenant Santino|||
|1992||The Berlin Conspiracy||Colonel Gurnheim|
|1977||Space: 1999||Ed Malcolm||Episode: Dorzak|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Demmell||Episode: The Imprudent Professor|
|Lillie||Third Reporter||Episode: America|
|1982||We'll Meet Again||Captain Lester Carson||6 episodes|||
|1987||London Embassy||Al Sanger||Episode: An Unofficial English Rose|
|1989||Screen Two||Eddie||Episode: Defrosting the Fridge|
|1989 - 90||Capital City||Lee Wolf||18 episodes|||
- Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (2004) (video game) (voice) - American Narrator
- Newbold, Mark (2013-04-17). "Richard LeParmentier: Saluting The Admiral". Star Wars.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
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- "Richard LeParmentier Remembered". starwars.com. StarWars.com. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- Mark (February 15, 2012). "Kinect Star Wars: Girly Vader". Jedi News. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier dies". ABC News. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Staff, TMZ (April 16, 2013). "Richard LeParmentier Dead -- Darth Vader Force-Choke Victim In Star Wars Dies At 66". TMZ. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Richard LeParmentier". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- Eleanor Gower (16 April 2013). "Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier dies age 66...35 years after he was choked by Darth Vader". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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