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Star Wars Actor Dies

Richard LeParmentier

aka Vader's Choke Victim

4/16/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Richard LeParmentier
-- the Empire goon who was famously Force-choked by Darth Vader in "Star Wars" -- has died at 66, TMZ has confirmed.

LeParmentier appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, but he'll be best remembered as Admiral Motti, commander of the Death Star who mocks Vader's "sorcerer's ways" and "sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion."

Vader finds his lack of faith disturbing, starts crushing his windpipe with the Force ... we've all seen it a hundred times ...

LeParmentier also played a police lieutenant in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and found steady work as a screenwriter for British TV.

Circumstances of Richard's death are unclear at this point.

He'd been married to British actress Sarah Douglas, who played the baddie Ursa in "Superman 11."

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Boogie Onerism    

First rip

523 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

Sorry to hear about this. RIP

523 days ago
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ts    

Is Darth Vader going to have to choke a bitch?

523 days ago
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verlinda    

R.I.P

523 days ago
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Homish    

RIP Richard.

But, really, TMZ? Superman 11? Does anyone even proofread these things?

523 days ago
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Chris    

It's not Superman 11. It's Superman II. Use the letter "I" not the number 1. Dumbasses.

523 days ago
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Cricket    

R.I.P. His career was a long one, I hope people take time to read a bit about him. My personal favorites were Rollerball and Valentino. My condolences to his family and friends.

523 days ago
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Adam    

Superman 11?? Really? 11? I think you mean Superman 2.

523 days ago
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some guy    

RIP
My guess: autoerotic asphyxiation.

523 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

was he choked by a black man? that would have been cool!

523 days ago
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correct quote    

The Admiral did not say
"sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion."
He said
"sad devotion to that ancient religion."
No Jedi reference at all, just that a belief in the Force was a religion.

523 days ago
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Throwback kid    

In another 20 years watching Star Wars will be like watching the Wizard of Oz now, all those beloved characters we have known since childhood will be dead

523 days ago
13.

Dennis    

May the force be with him - the good force!

523 days ago
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leo    

as usual the post on AOL is wrong was he 67 per AOL or 66 per TMZ?

523 days ago
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saulcook    

Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier, whom just died as TMZ reported was featured in a spoof of himself and a famous Star Wars scene. It was his last time on-camera.

http://swiftriverproductions.com/#!/work/commercials/kinect-star-wars-girlyvader

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