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James McCaffrey, Voice of Max Payne and Respected Actor, Passes Away at 65

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James McCaffrey, the renowned voice actor behind the iconic video game character Max Payne and a compelling presence on the hit FX drama Rescue Me, passed away on Sunday due to multiple myeloma cancer. He was 65 years old. The actor’s death was confirmed to Deadline by his manager, who mentioned that McCaffrey peacefully departed while surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Albany, New York, McCaffrey achieved breakthrough success with a recurring role on the TV legal drama series Civil Wars from 1991 to 1993. In 1996, he gained recognition after being cast by Dick Wolf for the series Swift Justice. This marked the beginning of a significant professional relationship with Wolf, leading McCaffrey to appear in various series produced by Wolf, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, among others.

One of McCaffrey’s most notable contributions to the entertainment industry was his portrayal of the titular character Max Payne in the video game series of the same name. His distinctive voice and emotive performance contributed to the success and popularity of the game, making Max Payne a memorable and iconic character in the gaming world.

McCaffrey’s talent extended beyond television and video games, as he also made a lasting impact on the FX drama series Rescue Me, where his haunting presence resonated with audiences. His portrayal showcased his versatility as an actor, earning him acclaim in both interactive and narrative storytelling mediums.

The actor’s passing is a significant loss to the entertainment community, and tributes from fans and colleagues alike have poured in, recognizing his contributions to the world of gaming and television. James McCaffrey’s legacy lives on through the characters he brought to life, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.


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