‘Star Wars’ actor Richard LeParmentier dies at age 66

Posted at 5:02 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 17:02:41-04
Richard LeParmentier

Actor Richard LeParmentier, who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect, died Tuesday. He was 66. (Coolwaters Prods.)

‘Star Wars’ actor Richard LeParmentier died on Tuesday at age 66.

The Pittsburgh-born actor was well known for his role as Admiral Motti in the George Lucas epic series, but he also acted in more than 50 movies and television shows including “Rollerball”, by Norman Jewison; the James Bond flick “Octopussy”; and “Superman II”, the sequel by Richard Lester.

As the admiral serving directly under Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’, the cocky military leader found out the hard way what happens when you defy your superiors in one of the iconic scenes of the movie.  Motti, confident in the technological power of the near-completed Death Star, tells Vader, played by James Earl Jones, “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways,” dismissing any threat from the rebels’ use of “the force”.

Lord Vader responds by using the force to choke Motti while delivering one of his best lines of the film, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

LeParmentier’s family issued a statement to the Associated Press paying tribute to that scene and LeParmentier’s experience acting in the film:

“He absolutely loved traveling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Stars Wars fans,” the statement read, adding “Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him.”