‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Actor Jay Benedict Passes Away Due To Complications From COVID-19 Infections
Jay Benedict was best known for playing Russ Jordan in James Cameron's 1986 'Aliens'
Actor Jay Benedict who was best known for playing Russ Jordan in James Cameron’s 1986 ‘Aliens’, has passed away at the age of 68 due to complications from a COVID-19 infection.
The official website of Jay Benedict announced, “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.”
Besides Aliens, Jay Benedict also appeared in detective drama “Foyle’s War”, playing John Kieffer, a US Army officer, and friend of Christopher Foyle. He was also a part of Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Recently, he starred in “Call The Midwife” and “Downton Abbey”.
Soon after the news of his death, tributes poured in for the actor.
His management wrote in their obituary: “Jay was born in California, but his family left the United States for Europe when he was a child. As a legacy of his itinerant childhood, he is English/French bilingual, and no slouch in Spanish and German, either. People meeting him in ‘real life’ are surprised that he sounds more English than American — but so would you if you’d lived in Europe for 50-odd years (some of them very odd indeed). This doesn’t, however, prevent most casting agents from insisting that he play Americans — which he does happily and, not entirely surprisingly, like a native.”
In recent times, many celebrities have succumbed to the coronavirus outbreak. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was shifted to the ICU on Monday that he was suffering from as his coronavirus symptoms worsened. He had announced his diagnosis during the end of March.
Benedict is survived by his wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons. He also has a daughter from his previous relationship.