Coronavirus: 'Star Wars' actor Andrew Jack passes away at 76
Star Wars actor and veteran dialect coach Andrew Jack has passed away in Britain due to the novel coronavirus, his agent Jill McCullough said on Wednesday. He was 76 years old. Andrew, who appeared in three Star Wars movies and worked as a dialect coach with many Hollywood actors, succumbed to the deadly virus at a hospital in Surrey, England on Tuesday, McCullough added.
We lost a man today, Andrew's wife tweeted Tuesday
In his final days, Andrew could not be with his wife, fellow dialect coach Gabrielle Rogers, as the latter is currently quarantined in Australia. She recently flew there from New Zealand. On Tuesday, Gabrielle said Andrew was diagnosed with the virus two days before. "He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all 'with' him," she tweeted.
Andrew was 'fiercely independent, madly in love with his wife'
Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on river Thames that flows through south of England, his agent revealed. "He (Andrew) was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife," McCullough said in a statement. Andrew's movie credits included works such as The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
As a dialect coach, Andrew worked with over 200 actors
Further, as a dialect coach, Andrew worked for decades with more than 200 actors including the likes of Hollywood A-listers such as Robert Downey Jr., Pierce Brosnan, Cate Blanchett, and Viggo Mortensen. The last film Andrew was working on before his demise was The Batman.
COVID-19 pandemic has killed 42,000 around the world
Andrew is the latest celebrity to die from COVID-19 disease, which has so far claimed the lives of 42,341 and infected more than 8.5 lakh around the world. Other celebrities who lost their lives to the ongoing pandemic include stage/film actor Mark Blum, country music star Joe Diffie, veteran playwright Terrence McNally, and Indian-born American celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz.