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Sad news arrives that Jay Benedict, Deak in the deleted Tosche Station scenes of A New Hope, has passed earlier away from COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus. Born in Burbank, California on 11th April 1951, young Jay and his family left the States for Europe and saw him develop a career that included The Rocky Horror Show on stage and a slew of highly regarded roles in the West End and at the Edinburgh Festival whilst on film he took roles in Hanover Street with Harrison Ford, Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews and played Newts father in Aliens. In the realms of the galaxy far, far away he is best known for playing Deakon ‘Deak’ Starkiller, Luke Skywalker’s friend in the deleted Tosche Station scenes of A New Hope. We were fortunate enough to chat with Jay back in 2016, an interview you’ll be able to hear on this week’s episode of Making Tracks podcast. #jaybenedict #starwars #covid19
Paul Hirsch is an American film editor with more than 40 film credits, who won the best editing Oscar in the 1978 edition along with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew for Star Wars: A New Hope. Our friends at SWCP got a chance to interview him, click below to check it out!