Richard Marquand (Director) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Richard Marquand

Richard Marquand was a Welsh film director, best known for directing 1983’s Return of the Jedi. He also directed the critically acclaimed 1981 drama film Eye of the Needle and the 1985 thriller Jagged Edge.

Born: September 22, 1937, Llanishen, Cardiff, Wales
Died: September 4, 1987, Tunbridge Wells, England
Occupation: Film director
Children: James Marquand
Parent(s): Hilary Marquand (father)
Relatives: David Marquand (brother)
IMDb: Richard Marquand’s IMDb

About Richard Marquand

British director most famous for directing Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He went on to direct films like Until September and Jagged Edge before dying of a stroke at age 49.

Before Fame

He studied Mandarin during his National Service and got his start as the producer of TV movies like Home for Heroes? and Edward II.


His final film, Hearts on Fire, was a starring vehicle for legendary folk musician Bob Dylan and was released posthumously in 1987.

Family Life

His son, James Marquand, is the director of such films as I Against I and One Night in Istanbul.


He was hired by Star Wars creator George Lucas to direct Return of the Jedi based on the strength of his 1981 thriller Eye of the Needle.

Information related to Richard Marquand

  • Return of the Jedi
  • Welsh film directors
  • People educated at Emanuel School
  • Science fiction film directors
  • Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

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