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Actor famous for taunting Darth Vader


The actor who mocked Darth Vader in the first Star Wars movie and had his windpipe crushed for his trouble has died, TMZ reports. Richard LeParmenti­er was 66 and a cause of death was not released. LeParmenti­er was in more than 50 films and TV shows during his career. But it is as Death Star commander Admiral Motti who taunted Vader for his “sorcerer’s ways” and “sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion” that he’ll be best remembered.

LeParmenti­er also played a police officer in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. After his acting career, he worked as a screenwrit­er for British TV.

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