“Star Wars” actor Richard LeParmentier has passed away at the age of 66.
The actor played the role of General Motti, the choking victim of villain Darth Vader. The details surrounding his death are unclear at this time.
Richard LeParmentier appeared in more than 50 television shows and movies, but is most known for his role as the arrogant General Motti, the commander of Darth Vader’s Death Star in the 1977 film “Star Wars: A New Hope”.
In the scene, Motti is shown making fun of Vader’s ways and “sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion.”
Vader begins crushing Motti’s windpipe using “the force.”
LeParmentier, who also played a police officer in the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, recently began working as a screenwriter for British television.
He was married from 1981 to 1984 to British actress Sarah Douglas, who played the supervillain Ursa in Superman II.
LeParmentier also made an appearance in the Christopher Reeve film as a reporter.
The actor, who appeared at several sci-fi conventions, said oof his famous Star Wars choking scene, “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’s family paid tribute to “a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre.”
Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LaParmentier said in a statement, “He absolutely loved travelling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Stars Wars fans – whose tributes have given us all the best lines in this message.
“Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him .. He has gone to the Stars, and he will be missed.”
He died while visiting relatives in Austin, Texas.
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