Richard LeParmentier

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Richard LeParmentier
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Richard LeParmentier, January 2004
Born(1946-07-16)July 16, 1946
DiedApril 15, 2013(2013-04-15) (aged 66)
Austin, Texas, United States
Residence Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, scriptwriter
Years active1974–2013
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).

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<i>Who Framed Roger Rabbit</i> 1988 film directed by Robert Zemeckis

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Early life

LeParmentier, born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States on July 16, 1946, grew up on a dairy farm. [1] His father came from the isle of Guernsey and his mother from County Mayo in Ireland. [1] 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. [1] [2]

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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. [1] 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". [2] 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." [1] 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. [1] 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. [3]

Fringe theatre theatre that is experimental in style or subject matter

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<i>Stardust</i> (1974 film) 1974 British film directed by Michael Apted

Stardust is a 1974 British musical drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. The film is the sequel to the 1973 film That'll Be the Day. Its tagline is: "Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar."

<i>Rollerball</i> (1975 film) 1975 film by Norman Jewison

Rollerball is a 1975 science fiction sports film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. It stars James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson. The screenplay, written by William Harrison, adapted his own short story, "Roller Ball Murder", which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire.

Julian Glover, Kenneth Colley and Richard LeParmentier at Generations Star Wars et Science Fiction Gen SW 2010 2.jpg
Julian Glover, Kenneth Colley and Richard LeParmentier at Générations Star Wars et Science Fiction

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. [2] 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. [1] [2] LeParmentier became a "staple" of the Star Wars and science-fiction convention circuit, [1] 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. [4] 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. [1]

Sarah Douglas (actress) British actress

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Terence Stamp British actor

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<i>Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace</i> 1999 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is a 1999 American epic space opera written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, and Frank Oz. The film is set 32 years before the original film, and follows Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.

Personal life and death

From 1981 to 1984, LeParmentier was married firstly to the British actress Sarah Douglas, [5] 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. [1]

<i>Superman</i> (1978 film) 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner

Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner starring Christopher Reeve as Superman based on the DC Comics character of the same name. An international co-production between the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Panama and the United States, the film stars an ensemble cast featuring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jeff East, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Jack O'Halloran, Maria Schell, and Sarah Douglas. It depicts Superman's origin, including his infancy as Kal-El of Krypton and his youthful years in the rural town of Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.

<i>Superman II</i> 1980 superhero film

Superman II is a 1980 superhero film directed by Richard Lester and written by Mario Puzo and David and Leslie Newman, based on the DC Comics character Superman. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, and Jack O'Halloran. The film was released in Australia and mainland Europe on December 4, 1980, and in other countries throughout 1981. Selected premiere engagements of Superman II were presented in Megasound, a high-impact surround sound system similar to Sensurround.

<i>The People That Time Forgot</i> (film) 1977 film by Kevin Connor

The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 Technicolor fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People That Time Forgot (1918) and Out of Time's Abyss (1918) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was produced by Britain's Amicus Productions and directed by Kevin Connor. Like Connor's other two Burroughs-derived films, The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core, the film was distributed in the United States by American International Pictures.

LeParmentier lived in Bath, Somerset, England. He died suddenly on April 15, 2013, while visiting his family in Austin, Texas, United States, aged 66. [2] [6]

Bath, Somerset City in Somerset, England

Bath is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths. In 2011, the population was 88,859. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 11 miles (18 km) south-east of Bristol. The city became a World Heritage site in 1987.

Somerset County of England

Somerset is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, its coastline facing southeastern Wales. Its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon. Somerset's county town is Taunton.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.



1974 Stardust Felix Hoffman [7]
1975 Rollerball Bartholomew's Aide [7]
1977Blind Man's BluffMr. Oliver
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Admiral Motti [2]
The People That Time Forgot Lieutenant Whitby
Valentino The Sheik
1979 The Music Machine Jay Reltano
1980 Silver Dream Racer Journalist
Superman II Reporter [2]
1981 Reds Man Drinking with Pete Van WherryUncredited
1983 Octopussy Lt. Col. Stewart [2]
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Lieutenant Santino [2]
1992 The Berlin Conspiracy Colonel Gurnheim


1977 Space: 1999 Ed MalcolmEpisode: Dorzak
1978 Return of the Saint DemmellEpisode: The Imprudent Professor
Lillie Third ReporterEpisode: America
1982 We'll Meet Again Captain Lester Carson6 episodes [8]
1987 London Embassy Al SangerEpisode: An Unofficial English Rose
1989 Screen Two EddieEpisode: Defrosting the Fridge
1989-1990 Capital City Lee Wolf18 episodes [8]

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