Film Director Dies At 52

( – Jamie Christopher, a first assistant director and associate producer whose film career spans three decades, died last Wednesday at the age of 52, Deadline reported.

Christopher, who worked on such Marvel films as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Black Widow,” “Thor: The Dark World,” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” died from heart complications at his home, according to a joint statement from Marvel Studios execs Louis D’Esposito and Kevin Feige.

The execs described Christopher as “a calm presence” behind the scenes as well as a “supportive crew member on set.”

They said Christopher’s diligence and hard work as assistant director on “Thor: The Dark World” is the reason he was made executive producer on “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and Marvel’s upcoming film “Fantastic Four.”

Born in London, Jamie Christopher began his film career in 1992. He has worked with leading directors like Rian Johnson, James Gunn, Sam Raimi, and David Yates.

In 2017, he worked with Rian Johnson as First Assistant Director for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Johnson brought Christopher back to work with him again in 2019 for the series “Knives Out.”

In a statement last week, Rian Johnson described Christopher as “truly one of the greats,” saying he “loved making movies.”

Christopher also worked on all eight of the “Harry Potter” films as either First Assistant Director or Second Unit First Assistant Director.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, for whom Christopher worked as Second Unit Assistant Director, said he was “one of the best” in the business and “in his field.” Gunn described Christopher as a friend and collaborated, and said he was heartbroken about his death.

Christopher’s first film credit was Third Assistant Director for the 1992 film “Alien 3.”

He is survived by his current wife Carly and four children.

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