Unfortunately we some have sad news for you today. Actor Richard Bonehill, who portrayed a plethora of characters in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, has passed away. Although he went uncredited in both films, Bonehill played an assortment of Imperials, Rebels and aliens, most notably Rebel officer Palo Torshan in Empire and Ree-Yees, Mosep Binneed and Lando's co-pilot Nien Nunb in Jedi.
The Hollywood Reporter provided quotes from Bonefill from an interview back in 2006 where he was asked which of the characters that he played were his favorite:
"This is an easy one to answer. At the time, my favorite part was that of a Rebel soldier, purely because it was the most comfortable costume to wear. The masked aliens such as Ree-Yees were the most uncomfortable.... Over the years I have become very attached and proud to have been a snowtrooper and stormtrooper. The stormtrooper really has become an iconic symbol of the Empire, so I would pick him as my favorite character."
Apart from Star Wars, Richard Bonehill was an expert swordsman and horseman and filled several roles, such as stunt man, sword master and coach, on many films including Flash Gordon(1980), Top Secret!(1984) and Highlander(1986). He also served as as head coach of England's Truro Fencing Club, and later president until his passing. The club released the following statement on Twitter:
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our President & former Head Coach Richard Bonehill. A great leader & an inspiration
— Truro Fencing Club (@trurofencing) February 4, 2015
All of us at the Star Wars Underworld express our most sincere condolences to Mr. Bonehill's family and friends. Be sure to visit Richard's official web site to see behind the scenes photos and learn more about his contributions to the Star Wars saga & more.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Wookieepdia, Bonehill
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