The British actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack, who appeared in Star Wars has died after contacting coronavirus at the age of 76.
Andrew who played Major and then General, Ematt in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi died on Tuesday in a hospital near London.
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, also a dialect coach, Gabrielle Rogers, is in quarantine in Australia and was unable to see or talk to her husband at the end of his life.
Gabrielle Rogers announced her husband’s death in an Instagram post where she stated that she is heartbroken to let the world know we lost a man today.
Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus when he was admitted to the hospital less than 48 hours ago in suburban London.
He died today, April 1, he was in no pain and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his children, step children, grandchildren, brother, friends, and his wife were all with him.
Jack had worked with over 200 actors including Robert Downey Junior in Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin, Michael Hoffman’s Restoration and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, Cate Blanchett, and Viggo Mortensen.
As a supervising dialect coach for The Lord of the Rings, he created the Middle-earth accents and taught them, along with Elvish and Black Speech, to the cast of the trilogy.
He designed and taught the accents for the Greeks and Trojans in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy.
He also taught Evan Davis to speak with a Nottinghamshire twang.
He was known for helping non-British actors to be more intelligible to the audience.