Actor Richard LeParmentier, known as one of Darth Vader’s first victims in Star Wars, has died aged 66, his family has announced.
Richard LeParmentier, a Pittsburgh native, played Admiral Motti in the 1977 film, the disdainful Death Star commander whose “lack of faith” Vader found “disturbing”.
The actor, who moved to the UK in 1974, also had roles in Superman II, Octopussy and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
In a statement, his family remembered him as “a talented actor and director”.
Richard LeParmentier, who was based in Bath, had been visiting relatives in Austin, Texas, at the time of his death.
In a message to their “dad” signed by Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier, the actor was described as “a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre”.
Richard LeParmentier’s brief Star Wars appearance saw his character extol the virtues of the Empire’s Death Star space station and pour scorn on Vader’s “sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion”.
His diatribe brought a swift rebuke from the masked Vader, who used “The Force” to place a choke hold on his throat.
According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Richard LeParmentier also wrote episodes of shows such as The Bill, Boon and Love Hurts.
IMDb states Richard LeParmentier was married for three years to actress Sarah Douglas, best known for playing Superman II villainess Ursa.
Sarah Douglas, who was apparently informed of her ex-husband’s death by her Twitter followers, said she was “sad to hear the news”.