Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has died, aged 66.
He famously played a choking victim of Star Wars villain Darth Vader in 1977 film A New Hope.
TMZ reports that the circumstances surrounding LeParmentier’s death are currently unclear.
The actor had appeared in more than 50 movies and TV shows but was best remembered for his role as the arrogant Admiral Motti, commander of Vader’s planet destroying Death Star in 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope.
In the infamous scene, Motti mocks Vader’s ‘sorcerer’s ways’ and ‘sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion.’
This leads to a near-fatal confrontation with the helmeted Vader who crushes his windpipe using ‘the force.’
LeParmentier also played a police officer in 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and is reported to have recently been working as a screenwriter for British television.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946 to British and Irish parents, he moved to the UK in 1974.
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.
He also had roles in James Bond film Octopussy and the TV shows Capital City and We’ll Meet Again.