Star Wars actor and Hollywood voice coach Andrew Jack has died from complications related to coronavirus.
A representative for the actor, Jill McCullough, confirmed that he had died this morning in a hospital close to London. His wife could not be there as she is in quarantine in Australia.
The actor whose real name is Andrew Hutchinson played Caluan Ematt in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and voiced Moloch in Solo.
Jack was recently hired as a voice coach for the latest Batman starring Robert Pattinson, which has postponed filming due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 76-year-old was the voice coach to many Irish actors including Pierce Brosnan when he played James Bond in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day. He was also the voice coach for Cillian Murphy in Sunshine, Alison Doody in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Liam Neeson in Batman Begins and Colm Meaney in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.
He was responsible for devising the middle earth accents in The Lord of the Rings.
A number of friends and colleagues have paid tribute on social media:
Today we learned that a member of our Star Wars family, Andrew Jack, passed away due to complications from COVID-19. 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... pic.twitter.com/4gl4RQqLqI— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) March 31, 2020
Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I've ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack pic.twitter.com/VqmmGkxaOF— GreG GrunberG (@greggrunberg) March 31, 2020