'Star Wars,' 'Aliens' and 'Dark Knight Rises' Actor Jay Benedict Dead at 68 From Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

Jay Benedict, an actor with roles in “Aliens,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and "Star Wars: A New Hope," is dead at 68.

Benedict is one of the latest actors to die from coronavirus complications, the New York Post reported.

“It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection,” his official website reported.

His agency, TSG, shared the news on Twitter. The company captioned the post, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Benedict appeared in several popular films, including in the role of Newt’s father in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” and in the final film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

One of his first film roles was Deak, a friend of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope, though the scenes did not feature in the final movie, reports Yahoo.

The actor was born in California and had moved to Europe as a child. Benedict always said that he sounded “more English than American.” He was married to actress Phoebe Scholfield.

In the United Kingdom, he starred in a TV soap called “Emmerdale,” as well as the drama show “Foyle’s War.”

In his bio, he stated that his voice was as famous as his face. Throughout his career, Benedict provided audio for advertisements, video games, and documentaries.

“The irritatingly soothing voice requesting that you take your seat and switch off your mobile phone is quite probably him: so now you know who to blame,” his bio said.

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