Star Wars actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack has died at the age of 76 after contracting coronavirus.
Jack’s agent Jill McCullough confirmed that he died in a Surrey hospital yesterday (March 31), and praised her client as one of the acting world’s “brightest and clearest voices”.
Jack’s wife Gabrielle Rogers, who is currently in quarantine in Australia, paid emotional tribute to her late husband on Twitter, writing: “He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
We lost a man today. 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.
— Gabrielle Rogers (@GabrielleRoger1) March 31, 2020
Jack played Major Caluan Ematt in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but was best known in the film industry for his extensive work in dialect and voice coaching.
Jack worked on over 80 films during his career, including the Lord Of The Rings trilogy for which he created the accents, Elvish and Mordor’s Black Speech before teaching them to the cast.
He also worked on the James Bond films GoldenEye and Die Another Day, as well as Sunshine, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Avengers films Infinity War and Endgame. Jack was most recently working on The Batman, which will star Robert Pattinson as the titular character.
Tributes to Jack have been pouring in from across the entertainment world since news of his passing was confirmed, including from Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood and Sean Astin.
So heartbreaking to learn that Andrew Jack has passed away. He, along with Roisin Carty, lead all of us through the many accents of Middle-Earth. He was a kind and lovely human being. My love to his family and friends.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) April 1, 2020
Andrew Jack made a mean curry
Andrew Jack was powerful & gentle in equal measure
Andrew Jack was funny
Andrew Jack was brilliant
Andrew Jack loved a unique theory of gravity, that we are all being pushed down, instead of pulled down
We loved Andrew Jackhttps://t.co/PNxMop2udN
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) 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
Andrew Jack was the dialect coach on SOLO, and a kind and thoughtful man. We asked him to teach Alden to speak Shyriiwook, and I’ll always remember listening to them gargle-roar at each other back and forth.
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) March 31, 2020
Andrew Jack, a beautiful soul. So many wonderful memories with this amazing man, he had the best stories and always excited to hear others. Such an honest beautiful spirit. Sleep well Andrew , I will miss you. X https://t.co/eQ9dhCaEto
— Billy Boyd (@BillyBoydActor) April 1, 2020
If you’ve ever enjoyed Lord Of The Rings, The Avengers, Star Wars or countless other films, you’ve enjoyed the work of Andrew Jack, one of the worlds great dialect coaches.
A charismatic character, full of passion and verve. He will be missed terribly.
Stay safe everyone. xx https://t.co/aHEZd9ySop
— ⚡️Nicola Scott⚡️ (@NicolaScottArt) March 31, 2020
You can read the full statement from Jack’s agent Jill McCullough below.
“Andrew lived on one the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife; also a dialect coach: Gabrielle Rogers. Tragically she is stuck in quarantine in Australia having just flown in from NZ last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life and there is a chance a funeral may not be held.
“Andrew was full of life – he was tall and striking with flowing white hair. You wouldn’t miss him if he walked into a room. He was still working full-pelt, currently coaching on the new Batman. I’m receiving so many messages saying how much he will be missed. Our community has lost one of its brightest and clearest voices.”