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James McCaffrey, ‘Max Payne’ and ‘Alan Wake 2’ Voice Actor, Dies at 65

James McCaffrey, an actor who provided the voice of Max Payne in the popular video game series and most recently voiced Alex Casey in “Alan wakes up 2,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer, Diversity has confirmed with his manager. He was 65.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, McCaffrey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Before his career as a video game voice actor, McCaffrey was a film and television actor for over 30 years. His first roles date back to the late 80s and early 90s, with his breakout project being the Fox police drama “New York Undercover.” He played the recurring role of Captain Arthur O’Byrne in Season 3. He then starred in the NBC action series “Viper,” when the series originally ran for one season in 1994, and he returned in Season 4 when it was revived a few years later.

McCaffrey’s biggest role was on FX’s “Rescue Me” in 2004. He played firefighter James Xavier “Jimmy” Keefe, who died on September 11 and was a close friend and cousin of Denis Leary’s protagonist Tommy Gavin. He appears as a main character in the first three seasons and as a recurring player in the final four seasons. McCaffrey also appeared on shows such as “Sex and the City”, “As the World Turns”, “Beautiful People”, “She’s Gotta Have It”, “Jessica Jones” and movies such as “The Orphan Killer”, “Camp Hope,” “Sorry to Be Alive” and more.

Video game fans will recognize McCaffrey’s voice as Max Payne, the gruff villain from the popular shooting video game series. He voiced Max in all of the character’s games: the original 2001 video game “Max Pane”, the sequel “Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne” (2003) and the final installment “ Max Payne 3” (2012), for which McCaffrey also provided the motion capture.

He voiced FBI agent Alex Casey in the original 2010 “Alan Wake” game and this year’s sequel “Alan Wake II,” which just won awards for best narrative, art direction and game direction at this month’s Game Awards. McCaffrey also had roles in “Control” (2019) and “Alone in the Dark” (2008).

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