British actor Andrew Jack, who appeared in Star Wars has died after contacting coronavirus at the age of 76. Jack who played Major in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” died yesterday in a hospital near London.
Andrew Jack’s agent, Jill McCullough, said in a statement that a funeral may not hold for the actor due to the coronavirus pandemic as Jack’s wife, who is a dialect coach, Gabrielle Rogers, is in quarantine in Australia.
“Tragically she is stuck in quarantine in Australia, having just flown in from New Zealand last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life and there is a chance a funeral may not be held.”
Gabrielle Rogers announced her husband’s death in an Instagram post:
“It breaks my heart to let you know we lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus when admitted to the hospital less than 48 hours ago in suburban London. He died today. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, brother, friends, and I were all “with” him. Take care out there, lovers x”.
Jack had worked with over 200 actors including Robert Downey Jr. Pierce Brosnan (in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day), Cate Blanchett, and Viggo Mortensen.
As supervising dialect coach for The Lord of the Rings, he created the Middle-earth accents and taught them, to the cast of the trilogy. Jack designed and taught the accents for the Greeks and Trojans in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy. He taught Evan Davis to speak with a Nottinghamshire twang. The actor was known for helping non-British actors to be more intelligible to the audience.
By: Dammy Eneli