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'Star Wars' actor Richard LeParmentier dies, aged 66

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Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has died, aged 66.

The British actor was best known for playing Admiral Motti in 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Richard LeParmentier at the Star Wars convention in Swindon, May 2006

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Richard LeParmentier pictured in 2006



In one of the film's most iconic scenes, Motti was Force-choked by Darth Vader for insubordination.

The circumstances of the actor's death have yet to be confirmed, TMZ reports.

LeParmentier starred in over 30 films and TV shows during his career, including roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Stardust.

He was married to British actress Sarah Douglas from 1981 to 1984, and both appeared in Rollerball, The People That Time Forgot and Superman II.

He also had roles in Octopussy and the TV shows Capital City and We'll Meet Again.

LeParmentier once said of his most famous role: "I did the choking effect by flexing muscles in my neck. It set off a chain of events, that choking.

"I can't do it anymore because, oddly enough, I have had an operation on my neck and had some 21st century titanium joints put into it."

The scene recently spawned an internet meme named 'Vadering', in which two people act out the Force-choke for the camera.

Watch Richard LeParmentier's iconic Star Wars scene below:

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