Richard Marquand

Director
English-born Richard Marquand's directorial career, which included helming a blockbuster space adventure and a hit courtroom thriller, was sadly cut short when the filmmaker died at the relatively young age of 49. After ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1937 in Cardiff, Wales, GB

Filmography

Director (9)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Until September 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Eye of the Needle 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Birth of the Beatles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

The Legacy 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Birth of the Beatles 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Do Yourself Some Good 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Beowulf 1975 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)
Producer (1)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

English-born Richard Marquand's directorial career, which included helming a blockbuster space adventure and a hit courtroom thriller, was sadly cut short when the filmmaker died at the relatively young age of 49. After working for a period in docudramas for the BBC, he helmed his first major theatrical feature with the occult shocker "The Legacy" (1979). The World War II spy thriller "Eye of the Needle" (1981), while a modest success in theaters, was more importantly the film that attracted the attention of George Lucas, ultimately leading to Marquand's being hired to direct the culminating episode of the "Star Wars" saga, "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Although he hit a lull with the largely forgotten steamy romance "Until September" (1984), Marquand bounced back with the suspenseful courtroom mystery "Jagged Edge" (1985), paving the way for the subgenre that would soon become ubiquitous in film and on television. He made one more cinematic misstep with the rock-themed romantic drama "Hearts of Fire" (1987), which would unfortunately be his last project before his untimely death. In a promising career cut far too short, Marquand nonetheless left behind a number of enduring films which fans of all ages would enjoy over the decades to come.

Relationships

Hilary Marquand

Father

David Marquand

Brother

EDUCATION

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

King's College, University of Cambridge

acting with University Dramatic Society; contemporaries included Derek Jacobi

Universite d'Aix-Marseille

studied one year

Milestones

1963

Returned to UK, began working for BBC as documentary director

1959

Joined Royal Air Force, served in Far East

Began working in USA in mid-1970s

Worked in Hong Kong as TV host and commercial director

SIMILAR ARTICLES