Star Wars icon Mark Hamill has tweeted out his condolences to the friends and family of Andrew Jack, who appeared in two of the series’ films with Hamill. Jack died this week from COVID-19 complications at age 76.
“I’m so sorry and saddened to hear we have lost Andrew Jack,” Hamill wrote. “He was such a kind gentleman who was deeply gifted and beloved by all who knew him.”
Jack played Major Ematt in Stars Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Episode VII – The Force Awakens and also had a voice role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.Earlier, Joonas Suotamo — who played Chewbacca — posted a tribute to Jack on Twitter.”Today we learned that a member of our Star Wars family, Andrew Jack, passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” Suotamo wrote. “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.”
In addition to his acting work, Jack was a dialect coach in Hollywood. He worked with actors on Men in Black: International, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok and two of the Avengers movies. He also worked with Christian Bale on his voice for Batman Begins and was going to work with Robert Pattinson on DC’s upcoming The Batman.