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Marquand, Richard

Richard Marquand


Richard Marquand was born on April 17, 1938 in Cardiff, Wales, UK.  He was the son of Hon. Ret. Hilary Adair Marquand (Labour) and Ray Rees and was the brother of Labourist David Marquand.  He was also the grandson of Hilary Marquand (Victorian Master Mariner) and editor Eric B. Marquand.

Marquand joined the Royal Air Force in 1959 where he served in the Far East and he was educated at Universit√© d'Aix-Marseille, France and at King's College Cambridge (Modern Languages).  

By 1963 he was starting to pursue a career in film and was working as a documentary director for the BBC, working with James Cameron producing the documentaries.  And by the 1970's he was working in the US but had also worked as a TV newscaster, TV host and director in Hong Kong.

Marquand died on September 4, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA of a heart attack after a major stroke.




Film Actor  
Burn Hollywood Burn~2007 - Himself in Richard Marquand (archive footage)
A Room With a View~1985 - (2004 DVD release - Extras) Himself being interviewed about being a student at Cambridge and meeting E.M. Forster.
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy~2004 (V doc) - Himself
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 - uncredited AT-ST Driver/voice of EV-9D9
Beowulf~1975 - Narrator

Film Director
Hearts of Fire~1987 (released posthumously)
Jagged Edge~1985
Until September~1984
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983
Eye of the Needle~1981 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Birth of the Beatles~1979 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Legacy, The~1978
Do Yourself Some Good~1975 (short)
The Puritan Experience: Forsaking England~1975 (short)
The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World~1975 (short)

Film Documentaries (director)
In Search of the Nile~1971

Film Producer
Hearts of Fire~1987

Film Writer
Nowhere to Run~1993 (original story)
Total Recall~1990 (helped develop the screenplay)
The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World~1975

TV Actor
From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga~1983 (TV doc) - Himself
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi~1983 (TV doc) - Himself
E.M. Forster 1879-1970~1970 - Himself

TV Director
NBC Special Treat~1976 -
     Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid
     Luke Was There
Pilger~1975-1976 (5 episodes)
Omnibus~1971-1973 -
     That's My Little Masterpiece
     Brendan Behan
The Search for the Nile~1971 (mini)
     Conquest and Death
     The Secret Fountains
Edward II~1970 (with Ian McKellen as King Edward)
One Pair of Eyes~1967-1970 (4 episodes)
Edward II~1970
Cameron Country~1968-1970 (8 episodes)
Inside Australia~1967
Women, Women, Women~1966
     Granny's Girls
     Coming to Terms
Inside Ireland~1966
     The Shannon Stopover
     The Fashion Maker
Inside America~1965 (4 episodes)
Landmarks~1964-1965
     The Last Refuge
     The Beginning
Home for Heroes?~1964
Adventure~1963-1964
     Treasure of the Great Reef
     Disciples of the Sword
The Sky at Night~1963
     Measuring the Universe
     Moon Base
This Nation Tomorrow~1963
     Advertising and Society
     Positive Government
     Sex and Family Life

TV Producer
Luke Was There~1976
Pilger~1976 (Zap!! The Weapon Is Food)
The Puritan Experience: Forsaking England~1975 (short)
The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World~1975 (short)
Omnibus~1973 (That's My Little Masterpiece)
Cameron Country~1968-1970 (9 episodes)
Birmingham '64~1964
Home for Heroes?~1964
Adventure~1963-1964
     Treasure of the Great Reef
     Disciples of the Sword

TV Production Assistant
The Colony~1964
The Long Journey~1964

TV Writer
NBC Special Treat~1976 (Luke Was There)

Theatre Actor
Edward II~1970
The Friends - A Play in Two Acts~1969-1979 - ? (?)
Henry VI: Part 1~1969 - Henry (Marlowe Dramatic Society, )
The Musicians~1969 - Stephan (International Theatre Club, )
'Tis Pity She's a Whore~1958 - Giovanni (Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge A.D.C., England, UK)
The Merchant of Venice~19?? - (with Derek Jacobi)

Theatre Director
PS Your Cat is Dead~1979 (Open Space Theatre, )
Edward II~1970 (with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi)
'Tis Pity She's A Whore~1969 (Arts Theatre, )

Theatre Producer
Much Ado About Nothing~1970 (see Actor Connections - Theatre)

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Academy of Science fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Nom 1984 Saturn Award Best Director for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Emmy Awards (Daytime):
Nom 1977 Outstanding Children's Entertainment Special for NBC Special Treat: Luke Was There (shared)
Rec'd 1971 for documentary In Search of the Nile
Fantosporto:
Nom 1986 International Fantasy Film Award Best Film for Jagged Edge
Hugo Awards:
Rec'd 1984 Best Dramatic Presentation for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (shared with Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas)
Jupiter Awards:
Rec'd 1983 Best International Film for Best International Film for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Miscellany
As an actor he was referred to as "a poor man's Marlon Brando"

Was a Kingsman (Cambridge)

OMNI Magazine (May 1983) article

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