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Overview (4)

Born in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK  (stroke)
Birth NameRichard Alfred Marquand
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine Marquand. He died on September 4, 1987 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

Spouse (2)

Carol Bell (19 June 1981 - 4 September 1987) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Josephine Marquand (23 July 1960 - 1970) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (10)

Education: Universite d'Aix-Marseille, France; King's College, Cambridge (modern languages)
In an interview during filming of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), he expressed his fondness for Chewbacca: "He's very laid back, and he never completely knows what's going on around him. He isn't a heroic character, but he gets himself in these situations where he's got to come through." in his New York Times obituary]
He was the only non-American to direct a Star Wars film until Gareth Edwards directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
He was a fan of Liverpool Football Club.
Started his career as a newscaster in Hong Kong. Upon his return to Britain, he directed television documentaries for the BBC. He won an Emmy for his outstanding work on the miniseries The Search for the Nile (1971), which he filmed in an almost semi-documentary style.
Has directed one Oscar nominated performance: Robert Loggia in Jagged Edge (1985).
Father of James Marquand.
Son-in-law (1960-1970) of Frederick Elwyn Jones and Pearl Binder. Brother-in-law (1960-1970) of Lou Taylor and 'Dan Jones'.
Son of Hilary Marquand. Brother of David Marquand.
Was a student of novelist E.M. Forster whilst at Kings College, Cambridge.

Personal Quotes (4)

I'm very interested in directing actors -- many directors direct cameras.
[speaking about the possibility of directing one of the Star Wars prequels in 1984] One, two and three are going to be very interesting, if [George Lucas] is ever able to start writing. Steven Spielberg and I would like to. It's a very interesting part of the saga, the early days. The youth of Ben Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker is really important. It's a very different world. Technology is different, means of communication are different. Sentiments are different. But it will take a long time, I'm afraid so. It's just a fact we will have to face. Good things come in threes, and all good things come to an end. That's just one of the realities of life. Your kids may see it.
It's my life. I only got one and it's very short. You don't get long.
[on having George Lucas as his second-unit director on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)] It is rather like trying to direct King Lear - with Shakespeare in the next room!

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