Aliens Actor Jay Benedict Dies At 68 From Coronavirus Infection
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Aliens actor Jay Benedict has sadly passed away at the age of 68 from coronavirus. The news of his death was announced on His official website.
According to the statement:
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.
The actor played Russ Jordan in Aliens and starred in The Dark Knight Rises, he was also well known for playing John Kieffer, the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War.
Benedict was married to Allo Allo actor Phoebe Scholfield, with whom he had two sons, Leopold and Freddie, who are also actors.
His first film role, at the age of 11, was in the 1963 Tony Saytor film La Bande à Bobo. In 1977, he played Deak in the Tosche Station scenes in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which were deleted from the film before release.
Subsequent film appearances include the extended, “Special Edition” version of Aliens (Russ Jorden), The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (Didier le Clair), Icon (Carey Jordan), The White Knight (Turkish Ambassador), The Russia House (Spikey), Saving Grace (the MC) and Rewind.
In 2003 he was third lead in Vicente Aranda’s version of Carmen, playing Don Prospero.