Star Wars Actor Richard LeParmentier, 1946-2013

Actor and screenwriter Richard LeParmentier, who played Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, has passed away. In his role as the brash, arrogant Imperial Officer who dares to defy Darth Vader, LeParmentier was the unlucky target of Vader’s throat-crushing displeasure and the recipient of one of the most chilling, iconic lines of the series: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Since then, Admiral Motti has been seen as both a symbol of the Empire’s hubris and an unforgettable example of the power of the Force at its darkest…

In addition to his memorable appearance in Star Wars, LeParmentier made his mark as a character actor in other blockbuster genre films including Rollerball, Octopussy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Superman II (in which he co-starred with his then-wife, Sarah Douglas, who played the villainess Ursa). An American actor who worked primarily in England, he had concentrated more on screenwriting, along with some video game voice work, since the mid-90s. A fan favorite who regularly appeared at Star Wars conventions, LeParmentier will be greatly missed. 


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