Richard was born in 1937 to Hilary Marquand and Rachel E (Rees) Marquand. His father was a Labour Member of Parliament in the Post Second World War Labour Government.
He is the younger brother of David Marquand, a political writer and academic.
Marquand died of a stroke in 1987 at the age of 49.
His Son James is also a director
In the 1960's Marquand began writing and directing TV documentaries for the BBC.
He was approached by George Lucas to direct Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi as he was impressed with his direction of the 1981 film Eye of the Needle.
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