'Star Wars' actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus. Photo: Star Wars
NEW YORK: Actor Andrew Jack, best known as the man who played Caluan Ematt in the “Star Wars” series of films, has passed away two days after contracting the novel coronavirus. He was 76.
The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.
“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.
Jack appeared in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi’ as General Ematt, as well as ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens’.
His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
Jack’s clients for his dialect coaching included Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth.
(with inputs from Agencies)