Andrew Jack, a dialect coach for many actors who himself appeared in Star Wars films, has died of coronavirus complications.
Jack, 76, died on Monday at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey in Surrey, England, his agent Jill McCullough told The Independent.
“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,” McCullough said.
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According to the agent, Jack’s wife Gabrielle Rogers, also a dialect coach, is currently “stuck in quarantine in Australia”.
Jack had recently been working as a coach on the new Batman film.
His credits as a dialect coach date as far back as the 1980s, when he worked with Harrison Ford and others for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Jack’s clients included Robert Downey Jr, Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Lange, Hugh Laurie, Minnie Driver, Helen Mirren and many more.
His work as a dialect coach consisted in helping actors master specific accents and pronunciations. He notably collaborated to the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as several Marvel movies, including Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, helping Chris Hemsworth with Thor’s pronunciation.
Jack also worked on the Star Wars franchise, helping English actor John Boyega master an American accent, among other tasks.
He is also credited as an actor for his appearances as General Ematt (then Major Ematt) in The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens.