Richard Bonehill, a swordsman and actor known for various roles in the “Star Wars” films, has died at the age of 67. Details of his death were not immediately available.
In “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” Bonehill appeared in a variety of roles including a Stormtrooper, a rebel soldier, a TIE fighter pilot, a Tauntaun handler and as Nien Nunb, a creature who co-pilots the Millennium Falcon alongside Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), among others.
News of his death was reported by the Truro Fencing Club in the U.K., where Bonehill served as head coach for 12 years until 2007 and was president when he died.
“We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our President & former Head Coach Richard Bonehill,” the club tweeted on Thursday. “A great leader and an inspiration.”
Bonehill also worked as an actor, fencing coach and sword master on films and TV series such as “The Avengers,” “Rob Roy,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Robin Hood” and “Jason and the Argonauts.” He also appeared on “Doctor Who.”