Richard LeParmentier, who is known to “Star Wars” fans the world over as General Motti from the 1977 film, has passed away at the age of 66, his family announced Tuesday (April 16). A statement from his children reads:
Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him.
At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We’re deeply
grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances
of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre
and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player). To his
fans and friends, his lines were the ultimate power in the universe. He
absolutely loved traveling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Star Wars
fan – whose tributes have given us all the best lines in this message.
He told us many stories of the hospitality he enjoyed. He usually lived
in Bath, England, but was visiting us in Austin, Texas. We feel very
lucky to have been able to spend time with him on a regular basis. He
was no respecter of convention, except comic conventions. Born in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard was a talented actor and director
whose career spanned four decades and dozens of projects. He edited
another draft of his latest project two days before death, with its
sorcerer’s ways, took him from us. He has gone to the Stars, and he will
be missed. We love you dad, and thank you to everyone. Love, Rhiannon,
Stephanie, and Tyrone Le Parmentier.
LeParmentier’s “Star Wars” role was brief, but memorable. He was one of Darth Vader’s first targets of “the Force.” Vader found his lack of faith “disturbing,” lamented his “sad devotion” to the Jedis and then used said Force to choke him (video below).
The actor also had roles in “Superman II,” “Octopussy,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and TV series “Capital City.”
His ex-wife Sarah Douglas, who played villainess Ursa in the first two “Superman” movies, heard of his death via Twitter, writing, “I am sad to hear the news and feel for his family.”