Voice of Max Payne and “Rescue Me” Actor James McCaffrey Passes Away at 65 After Cancer Battle

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Renowned actor James McCaffrey, best known for lending his voice to iconic video game characters such as Max Payne and Alex Casey, passed away on Sunday at 65 after battling cancer, as confirmed by his manager to Variety. McCaffrey had been courageously fighting multiple myeloma, a battle that TMZ first reported.

Gaming and TV Industry Mourns Loss of James McCaffrey, Known for “Max Payne” and “Rescue Me”:

James McCaffrey had a successful career spanning more than three decades in film and television before becoming well-known for his voice acting in video games. He first entered the entertainment business in the late 80s and early 90s, when he gained recognition for roles in critically praised police dramas on Fox, including “New York Undercover”. Most notably, in Season 3, he played Captain Arthur O’Byrne. He also starred in the 1994 original run of the NBC action series “Viper” which helped the show return for a fourth season.

James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

McCaffrey’s breakthrough performance came in the 2004 television series “Rescue Me” on FX, where he played firefighter James Xavier “Jimmy” Keefe, a figure connected to Denis Leary’s main character, Tommy Gavin. His continuance over the course of the seven seasons of the show made him an indispensable character. Notable film credits include “The Orphan Killer,” “Camp Hope,” and “Excuse Me for Living,” in addition to cameos in well-received series including “Sex and the City,” “Suits,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Jessica Jones.”

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However, James McCaffrey left an indelible mark within the gaming community by portraying Max Payne, the gritty protagonist in the renowned third-person shooter series. He lent his voice to all iterations of the character across the trilogy – “Max Payne” (2001), “Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne” (2003), and “Max Payne 3” (2012), wherein he also contributed to motion capture. The series, recognized for its innovative “bullet time” sequences reminiscent of the “Matrix,” later inspired a film adaptation in which McCaffrey made a cameo appearance alongside Mark Wahlberg.

Moreover, McCaffrey’s involvement extended to other notable games like “Alan Wake” (2010) and its recent sequel “Alan Wake 2,” which garnered critical acclaim and multiple awards at this year’s Game Awards. His contributions were also notable in games such as “Control” (2019) and “Alone in the Dark” (2008).

James McCaffrey is survived by his wife, Rochelle Bostrom, and daughter, Tiernan McCaffrey, leaving behind a legacy cherished by the entertainment industry and gaming enthusiasts worldwide.

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