The coronavirus has claimed yet another victim, and this time it was a beloved Star Wars actor who starred in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” This actor also worked as a dialect coach on the “Lord of the Rings” films.
On Tuesday, 76-year-old Andrew Jack, a British actor, died in a hospital just outside of London. His death was announced in a statement from his agent, Jill McCullough.
Jack’s wife, Gabrielle Rogers, was unable to be with him in the hospital because she was quarantined in Australia. He didn’t get a chance to see or talk with her, and unfortunately, a funeral may not be held.
“Andrew was full of life—he was tall and striking with flowing white hair. You wouldn’t miss him if he walked into a room,” said McCullough. “He loved his work and was funny, charming and a joy to be around.”
He continued, “Dialect coaching isn’t just about being good at accents. You need to make actors feel safe and confident, and Andrew’s actors adored him.”
Jack’s wife, who is also a dialect coach, posted on Twitter that Jack was “diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.
— Gabrielle Rogers (@GabrielleRoger1) March 31, 2020
Jack was known for his role as Resistance General Caluan Ematt in “Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He also appeared in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
One of the original directors on “Solo,” Christopher Miller, honored Jack on social media. He called him a “kind and thoughtful man.
We asked him to teach Alden (Ehrenreich) to speak Shyriiwook, and I’ll always remember listening to them gargle-roar at each other back and forth.”
Jack’s co-star on “Force Awakens,” Greg Grunberg, also honored him on Twitter, sharing a photo of the two of them together. He wrote that Jack was “a wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman,” and “one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with.”
Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack pic.twitter.com/VqmmGkxaOF
— GreG GrunberG (@greggrunberg) March 31, 2020
Before his passing, Jack was working as a dialect coach for the upcoming film, “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson.
He also spent time working with Chris Hemsworth for the “Avengers” films and Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes.”
The coronavirus has caused the general public to stay in touch more often using cellphones to contact their loved ones. Some have resorted to using the cheapest phone plans available just to stay in touch.