Richard Marquand

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Richard Marquand
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September 4, 1987




Actor, Director

Star Wars work

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

"I think directing Return of the Jedi is rather like being a famous conductor. You are given this fabulous orchestra, full of the most brilliant musicians that you could want in the world. The guy who wrote the music is listening, he is available for any problems you have, to say, 'Well if you play the third bar a little faster…' You didn't compose the music. Some other guy did and he's in the next room."
―Richard Marquand on directing Return of the Jedi with George Lucas as producer[src]

Richard Marquand was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1937. While he is best known as the director of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, he is also known for his other works, including the World War II thriller Eye of the Needle, starring Donald Sutherland, and Jagged Edge. Marquand portrayed the AT-ST pilot Major Marquand in Return of the Jedi. He also voiced EV-9D9, Jabba's droid. His son is Jim Marquand.

Following the release of Return of the Jedi, Marquand expressed an interest in directing one of the prequel films.[1][2] However, he died of a stroke on September 4, 1987, at the age of only 49. His final film, Hearts of Fire, was released earlier that year, and included Julian Glover in a role.

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