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.
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
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.