'Dark Knight Rises' Actor Dies From Coronavirus

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Actor Jay Benedict, who is most known for his roles in ‘Aliens’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ dies from the Coronavirus at 68 years old.

According to reports, his talent agency announced the actor’s death on Saturday.

“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,” reads a tweet from TCG Artist Management. “Our thoughts are with his family.”

Benedict started his acting career in the 1960s and appeared in several movies and TV roles during his sixty-year tenure in the film industry.

He played Newt’s father in the 1986 classic sci-fi film ‘Aliens’, which was directed by James Cameron and stars Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser. He later played Rich Twit in the 2012 hit movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ which was the third movie in the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale.

Benedict also played in several British projects including ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Foyle’s War’ and other productions.

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan mourned his death.

“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,” Brosnan wrote in an Instagram tribute Monday.

“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," Brosnan continued. "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.”

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