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Richard LeParmentier

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Richard LeParmentier
LeParmentier, January 2004
Born(1946-07-16)July 16, 1946
DiedApril 15, 2013(2013-04-15) (aged 66)
Austin, Texas, United States
Occupation(s)Actor, scriptwriter
Years active1974–2013
(m. 1981; div. 1984)
  • Cheryl Le Parmentier (m. 198?)

Richard LeParmentier (July 16, 1946 – April 15, 2013) was an American actor who lived and worked primarily 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 officer Lt. Santino in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). He is credited under several variations of his name, including Richard Parmentier, Rick Le Parmentier and Richard LeParmentiere.[1]

Early life[edit]

LeParmentier, born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States on July 16, 1946, grew up on a dairy farm.[2] His father came from the isle of Guernsey and his mother from County Mayo in Ireland.[2] 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.[2][3]


LeParmentier as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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.[2] 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".[3] 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."[2] 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, with his role being recast to Stefan Gierasch. 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.[2] 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.[4]

LeParmentier had a minor role in Superman II with his then-wife Sarah Douglas and Terence Stamp (who later portrayed Supreme Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace). 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.[3] 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.[2][3] LeParmentier became a "staple" of the Star Wars and science-fiction convention circuit,[2] 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.[5] 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.[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

From 1981 to 1984, LeParmentier was married to the British actress Sarah Douglas,[6] 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, whom he later divorced: Rhiannon (b. 1986), Stephanie and Tyrone. He was staying with them at the time of his death.[2][7]

LeParmentier lived in Bath, Somerset, England. He died suddenly on April 15, 2013, while visiting his family in Austin, Texas, United States, aged 66.[3][8]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1974 Stardust Felix Hoffman [9]
1975 Rollerball Bartholomew's Aide [9]
1977 Blind Man's Bluff Mr. Oliver
Star Wars General Motti [3]
The People That Time Forgot Lieutenant Whitby
Valentino The Sheik
1979 The Music Machine Jay Reltano
1980 Silver Dream Racer Journalist
Superman II Reporter [3]
1981 Reds Man Drinking with Pete Van Wherry Uncredited
1983 Octopussy Lt. Col. Stewart [3]
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Lieutenant Santino [3]
1992 The Berlin Conspiracy Colonel Gurnheim


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1977 Space: 1999 Ed Malcolm Episode: Dorzak
1978 Return of the Saint Demmell Episode: The Imprudent Professor
Lillie Third Reporter Episode: America
The One and Only Phyllis Dixey G.I. at Box Office TV film
1982 We'll Meet Again Captain Lester Carson 6 episodes [citation needed]
1987 London Embassy Al Sanger Episode: An Unofficial English Rose
1989 Screen Two Eddie Episode: Defrosting the Fridge
1989-1990 Capital City Lee Wolf 18 episodes [citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Richard LeParmentier". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Newbold, Mark (2013-04-17). "Richard LeParmentier: Saluting The Admiral". Star Wars.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier dies". BBC News. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  4. ^ "Richard LeParmentier Remembered". starwars.com. StarWars.com. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  5. ^ Mark (February 15, 2012). "Kinect Star Wars: Girly Vader". Jedi News. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier dies". ABC News. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Richard Le Parmentier Obituary - Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North - Austin - 2013". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2023-10-09.
  8. ^ Staff, TMZ (April 16, 2013). "Richard LeParmentier Dead -- Darth Vader Force-Choke Victim In Star Wars Dies At 66". TMZ. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Richard LeParmentier". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

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