Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack Dies of Coronavirus at Age 76
ComingSoon.net is saddened to report (via Metro) that Star Wars actor and famed dialect coach Andrew Jack has passed away at age 76 due to complications from coronavirus. He was currently working as a dialect coach on Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which recently put production in London on Hiatus due to to the current COVID-19 epidemic.
The British thesp had worked on over 80 movies since his start in 1982. He is perhaps best known for his role as Resistance Major/General Caluan Ematt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well. He also voiced Lady Proxima’s henchman Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That film’s former co-director Christopher Miller posted a special tribute…
Andrew Jack was the dialect coach on SOLO, and a kind and thoughtful man. We asked him to teach Alden to speak Shyriiwook, and I’ll always remember listening to them gargle-roar at each other back and forth.
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) March 31, 2020
His other major contributions included work with with over 200 actors including Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Restoration, Sherlock Holmes, Dolittle), Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day), and Cate Blanchett and Viggo Mortensen for The Lord of the Rings films, on which he created the Middle-earth, Elvish and Black Speech accents. He also served on Chris Hemsworth’s coach on recent films such as Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Men in Black International. Additional credits include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Last of the Mohicans, Sexy Beast, Cold Mountain, Troy, Batman Begins, Captain America: The First Avenger, The World’s End and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Here are some more reactions to the passing of Andrew Jack…
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
Today we learned that a member of our Star Wars family, Andrew Jack, passed away due to complications from COVID-19. In addition to playing Major Ematt in The Force Awakens, his work as a dialect coach on TFA, Solo, & other SW films revealed a man who was passionate & caring… pic.twitter.com/4gl4RQqLqI
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) March 31, 2020
I’ve just had some terrible news. My dear friend, #AndrewJack, dialect coach to the great and the good of the film industry, has died due to the coronavirus. He was an incredible man who showed me real kindness over the last 20 years. He was my friend & I shall miss him terribly.
— James Payton (@MrJamesPayton) March 31, 2020
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