Aliens and Dark Night Rises actor Jay Benedict died on Saturday from complications related to coronavirus. He was 68.

Benedict is one of the latest celebrities to die from the coronavirus. He may be best known for his appearances as Newt’s father in Aliens and “rich twit” in The Dark Night Rises. He also played John Kieffer in the TV show Foyle’s War, and Doug Hamilton in the UK series Emmerdale. He provided the voice for Shiro Hagen in the Saturday morning show Star Fleet X-Bomber, too.


Benedict was born in California, but lived in Europe for more than 50 years. So, he was accustomed to playing both British and American characters. His voice was used in video games, commercials, 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,” said his website.

He was also a theatre actor, appearing in Outside Edge Theatre Company’s One Day at a Time, and The Trial Of Jane Fonda in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“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,” wrote Benedict’s management company on Twitter.

Pierce Brosnan posted a picture of himself with his friend Benedict to Instagram from when they starred in the production of Filumena at the Lyric Theater.

“My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his beloved wife Phoebe, his sons Leo and Freddie, my dearest God sons, peace be with you all dear hearts,” he said.

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My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on, slipped the mortal coils this day… we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London …the stage door was tucked in right next door to the Old Windmill Theatre. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena … He played Ricardo the shirt maker, I played Michele the plumber. We were on that Lyric stage for the best part of year….Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always. He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his beloved wife Phoebe, his sons Leo and Freddie, my dearest God sons, peace be with you all dear hearts. Uncle Pierce

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Benedict’s Emmerdale co-star Vicki Michelle remembered her friend on Twitter:

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