Jay Benedict Wiki
Jay Benedict (April 11, 1951 – April 4, 2020) was an American actor best known in the United Kingdom for his role as Captain/Major John Kieffer in Foyle’s War (in the episodes “Invasion” and “All Clear”).
Jay Benedict Life & Career
Benedict was born in Burbank, California. He lived and worked in Europe from the 1960s onwards. His theatrical credits include The Rocky Horror Show in the Kings Road in the early 1970s, Harold Pinter’s production of Sweet Bird of Youth, The Reverend Lee in The Foreigner and Riccardo in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Filumena in which he played opposite Pierce Brosnan in the latter’s first stage role, and Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, in a touring production of “One Day at a Time”. In 2013 he appeared opposite Steven Berkoff and Andree Bernard in the world premiere of the former’s one act play An Actor’s Lament at The Berkoff Performing Arts Centre at Alton College, followed by a second performance at The Sinden Theatre, Homewood School, Tenterden in Kent, two nights at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed and then a three-week run at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In May 2014, it was revived with a short run at the Theatre Royal, Margate with a further one-week run scheduled at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in September 2014.
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.
Jay Benedict Wife Actress Phoebe Scholfield
He was married to actress Phoebe Scholfield and together they ran Sync or Swim, an ADR/Loop group (see dubbing). They also translated and wrote movies together – such as The Card Player (Il Cartaio) – which they translated into English. They had two sons: Leopold Benedict (Before the Rains, Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest) and Freddie Benedict (Planet 51, Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest). He also had a daughter from a previous marriage.
Jay Benedict Death & Cause
Aliens’ actor Jay Benedict has sadly passed away aged 68 from coronavirus.
His official website announced the tragic news on Saturday, writing: ‘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.’
Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle, 69, paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday, writing: ‘Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed.
‘Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19.’
John Challis, 77, best known for playing Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce in Only Fools And Horses also took to Twitter to play tribute.
He penned: ‘Strangest coincidence this morning-talking on the telephone to my brother in law & telling him that my old friend Jay Benedict died yesterday.
‘Talented actor & someone I used to rock around with,& Johnny said ‘Oh no! Jay was my friend at school.’ Weird or what? @SherrieHewson.’
TCG Artists’ Management, who represented Jay wrote: ‘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.’
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