Richard Marquand

Richard Marquand

Infobox actor
name = Richard Marquand

caption = Richard Marquand
birthdate = 22 September, 1937
birthplace = Llanishen, Cardiff
deathdate = 4 September, 1987
deathplace = Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Richard Marquand (22 September, 1937 [ Richard Marquand Biography (1937-) ] ] – 4 September, 1987) was a Welsh film director best known for directing the blockbuster "Star Wars" film "Return of the Jedi".

Marquand was born in Llanishen, Cardiff, the son of Rachel E. (née Rees) and Hilary Marquand, who was a member of Parliament. He was educated at Emanuel School, the Université d'Aix-Marseille in Marseille, France and King's College, Cambridge. In 1970, he began a career writing and directing for television and motion pictures. His noted films include "Eye of the Needle" (1981) and "Jagged Edge" (1985).

Marquand was then chosen by producer George Lucas to direct "". In his commentary track on the DVD, Lucas explains that Marquand "had done some great suspense films and was really good with actors. "Eye of the Needle" was the film I'd seen that he had done that impressed by the most, it was really nice done and had a lot of energy and suspense". Marquand is the only non-American to have directed a "Star Wars" movie.

In 1987, Marquand directed "Hearts of Fire", a film vehicle for rock icon Bob Dylan. The film was reviewed extremely poorly and went almost straight to video. Four years after the release of "Jedi", Marquand died of a stroke in Tunbridge Wells, Kent at the age of 49. His son James Marquand is also a director.


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