I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
COVID-19: Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack Dies From Coronavirus At 76
Hollywood dialect coach and actor Andrew Jack who played a supporting role in the latest Starwars film trilogy, has died of complications from coronavirus. He was 76.
His agent, Jill McCullough, told EW via email that Jack died Tuesday morning at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, outside London, after being diagnosed with the respiratory illness COVID-19. She added that Jack’s wife, Gabrielle Rogers, is currently in quarantine in Australia, and that a proper funeral may not be possible due to the global pandemic.
“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.
“He loved his work and was funny, charming, and a joy to be around. He was a friend first and a client second, and I will miss doing silly voices and pissing around with him on set. Dialect coaching isn’t just about being good at accents, you need to make your actors feel safe and confident, and Andrew’s actors absolutely adored him.”
Jack appeared as Major Ematt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo paid tribute to him on social media.
“Today we learned that a member of our Star Wars family, Andrew Jack, passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” Suotamo wrote. “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 for both his work and those around him. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”