COVID-19: Another Hollywood actor dies of coronavirus

Brenda Watkins
April 6, 2020

Jay Benedict, the actor in the legendary film ' Aliens ', has died at the age of 68 from complications derived from a COVID-19 infection. He also had minor roles in blockbusters including Ridley Scott's Aliens and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

Benedict played Russ Jordan in Aliens, a character who only appeared in a significant role in the Special Edition release of the film, but was a well known face on British TV, having had parts in shows including the soap opera Emmerdale, and the mystery drama Jonathan Creek.

His agency, TCG Artist Management, also confirmed his death on Twitter, sharing, "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, "the company tweeted on Saturday".

Benedict was married to actress Phoebe Schofield.

Recalling his time on the set of "Aliens", Benedict had once said: "When I turned up on set there was practically a strike and a riot all in one and I remember the first AD telling me, 'You picked a bad day to come and do your day's filming".

Mist Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle 69 paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday writing & # 39 Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and nice man Jay Benedict is past & # 39

Sync or Swim has worked on projects including "Downton Abbey", "Call The Midwife", "Dickensian", and "Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands".

Born in Burbank, California on 11th April 1951, Jay and his family moved to Europe when he was a young child.

The actor, who starred in a week long run of The Actor's Lament by Steven Berkoff at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre in 2014, was able to speak several languages including English, French, Spanish and German.

Benedict is survived by his wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons, Leopold and Freddie, as well as his daughter from his previous relationship.

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