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Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack Dies From Coronavirus At 76

By Desmund Ullrich

Andrew Jack, the British actor who starred in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and was the dialect coach on various movies including the 'Lord of the Rings' series, died on Tuesday, March 31 as a result of the coronavirus at age seventy-six. He was not unable to see his wife, fellow dialect coach Gabrielle Rogers, because she was 'stuck in quarantine in Australia after having just flown in from New Zealand last week,' a statement from the actor’s agent, Jill McCullough said.

Andrew Jack May Not Have A Funeral

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According to the agent, there is a chance 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,' McCullough also said. 'He loved his work and was funny, charming and a joy to be around. 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 Was Currently Working On 'Batman'

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The statement further read: 'He was still working full pelt, currently coaching on the new Batman. He had been a dialect coach for many years and was one of those people who promoted mentoring and supporting younger coaches and he was a pioneer in our industry –  in that he demonstrated to producers that we were a necessary department and that the job was important.'

Though most will not recognize his face, over the course of his career, Jack worked on over 80 productions.

Jack Has Worked On Over 80 Productions

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He played Major Caluan Ematt in 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Last Jedi' from the 'Star Wars' series and was actively working until a few weeks ago. He has worked with stars such as Robert Downey Jr in 1992’s 'Chaplin' and Pierce Brosnan on 'GoldenEye' in 1995. He also formed the Middle-earth accents for the 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy and later taught them to the cast. The actor also designed and taught the accents for the Greeks and Trojans in 2004’s hit film 'Troy'.

Colleagues Are Devastated About His Death

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Fellow 'Star Wars' actor Greg Grunberg said he was 'devastated' to learn of Jack's death, describing him as a 'wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman'. He also said that Jack was 'one of the kindest people I've ever worked with.' Sean Biggerstaff, who played Oliver Wood in the 'Harry Potter' films, wrote on Twitter: 'Just had the grim moment that's coming at us all soon: someone I know dying from COVID-19. Andrew Jack was a fantastic actor and dialect coach and a lovely man. RIP.'

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