Star Wars and Disney voiceover legend Mark Elliott has died aged 81.
The industry veteran — whose voice featured in some of the biggest blockbuster movies — reportedly passed away on April 3 after suffering two heart attacks. It was his representative, Peter Varano, who confirmed the passing to USA Today.
"He was an incredibly talented voice-over actor. His career spanned decades and inspired many newcomers to the industry," Varano said in a statement. "Though many fans only knew him as a voice we were fortunate to know him as a person. His talent was only surpassed by his generosity and kindness.
"A true gentleman. It was an honour to represent him. We will miss him and we will never forget him."https://www.facebook.com/ciprianojoe/posts/10158974920651827
Elliott's friend and fellow voiceover artist Charlie Van Dyke also spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the tragic news, telling the outlet Elliott was also battling lung cancer at the time of his death.
"He was one of a kind … and kind is a great word to describe him," Van Dyke said.
Voiceover star Joe Cipriano also posted a tribute to Elliott on Facebook.
"Mark was a true gentleMAN – Getting to share all of our scenes in Lake Bell's In a World was icing on the cake. I'm so sad about Mark's passing," Cipriano wrote.
Elliott started out in the industry in 1977, voicing the trailer for Smokey and the Bandit before going on to become the voice of a series of trailers and promos, including George Lucas' Star Wars and the 1977 rom-com The Goodbye Girl.
He started working for Disney in 1950 when his voice was used in the trailer for the re-release of Cinderella. Elliott was also the beloved voice behind classic Disney trailers including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King and Tarzan.
"It's a wonderful touchstone for my career, again, if that's the identity that I carry with me for the rest of my life, I wouldn't have it any other way," he said in a previous interview.
Elliott's last gig with Disney was in 2001.
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