This week has seen much unfortunate news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Another respected name from the entertainment industry passed away on Tuesday, Andrew Jack, who died at age 76 from coronavirus.
Jack was recently seen as Resistance General Ematt in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In that role he acted alongside Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Oscar Isaac as a member of the deciding committee for major Resistance actions.
Behind the camera he worked as a voice coach for actors in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Solo, and most recently The Batman, which is still scheduled for 2021.
He is survived by his wife Gabrielle Rogers, who he loved deeply and who worked alongside him as a fellow dialect coach. During his struggle with the virus in England, Rogers was tragically quarantined in Australia and unable to see him before he passed.
Though there may not be a proper funeral for Jack, many who have worked with him over the years have expressed their regards for his wife, respect to his legacy, and their fond memories of his character.
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
I had a good day today. Then I heard Andrew Jack had been killed by the C.Virus. He was a joy to be with on the new trilogy. As dialect coach, he helped the cast get it right through his talent and humour. As an actor, his distinguished features made him stand out in any scene. pic.twitter.com/p4HFsFknfl
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) March 31, 2020