KEY POINTS

  • Andrew Jack was 76 years old
  • Jack was diagnosed with the disease on Sunday
  • He played Major Ematt in two episodes of "Star Wars" and was a dialect coach for the “Lord of the Rings” films

“Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack, who played Major Ematt in its two episodes, died Tuesday of coronavirus complications. He was 76 years old.

His agent, Jill McCullough, confirmed his death at a hospital in Britain on Wednesday to Evening Standard. She described him as a “fiercely independent” person who was “madly in love with his wife.” Jack was "living on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames" and was unable to see his wife in his final days as she was quarantined in Australia.

His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, said he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, adding that he was “in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all with him.”

Jack also worked as a dialect coach and his client list included Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth. He was the dialect coach for "The Lord of the Rings” films and also worked with Christian Bale on his voice for “Batman Begins.” He was scheduled to coach Robert Pattinson for his dialect on DC Films’ upcoming “The Batman.”

Fellow “Star Wars” actor Greg Grunberg said he was “devastated” to know of Jack’s death and described him as a "wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman". "He is one of the kindest people I've ever worked with," he added.

Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca in "Star Wars," mourned his death. "Today we learned that a member of our Star Wars family, Andrew Jack, passed away due to complications from COVID-19," he said on Twitter. "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 for both his work and those around him. My thoughts are with his family and friends." 

Sean Austin, who acted in “The Lord of The Rings" trilogy, also paid his tribute to Jack.