“Star Wars” Actor Richard LeParmentier Dead

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0  Updated at 3:17 am, April 17th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has died.  The veteran performer was best known as Admiral Motti — the guy in the 1977 original who Darth Vader telepathically chokes over his “disturbing” lack of faith in the Force.

The 66-year-old Pittsburgh native — who also read for the role of Han Solo — died suddenly Tuesday morning while visiting children in Austin, Texas, his spokesman told the Clarion-Ledger.

LeParmentier appeared on television in the U.K. and in dozens of films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Superman II.

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