Veteran Actor James McCaffrey, Voice of Max Payne, Died at 65 After Cancer Battle

Last Updated on December 18, 2023, 1:13 pm

On Sunday, December 17, the entertainment industry mourned the loss of James McCaffrey.

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James McCaffrey (Image via Facebook)

James McCaffrey, is a seasoned television actor renowned for lending his distinctive voice to the iconic video game character Max Payne. The 65-year-old actor succumbed to multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, after a courageous battle.

IGN confirmed his death news through a Facebook post;

McCaffrey’s career spanned over 35 years, marked by diverse roles in television and film. Notable TV appearances included “Rescue Me,” “Revenge,” “Beautiful People,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Blue Bloods.” His on-screen charisma and talent earned him leading man roles, and his contributions to the industry did not go unnoticed.

The actor’s voice resonated with gamers worldwide as he portrayed the gruff antihero Max Payne in Remedy Entertainment and Rockstar Games’ acclaimed trilogy. His voice acting extended beyond the gaming realm, with recent roles such as Alex Casey in Remedy’s “Alan Wake 2.”

Thoughts and Condolences to his family and community in this tragic time, his demise left a void in the hearts of his loved ones, his legacy will always endure, and he will be dearly missed. Prayers for him; Rest in Peace.

About James McCaffrey

McCaffrey’s journey in the entertainment world began with roles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including the police drama “New York Undercover” and the action series “Viper.” His breakthrough came with FX’s “Rescue Me,” where he played firefighter James Xavier “Jimmy” Keefe, leaving a lasting impact on the series.

In addition to his TV success, McCaffrey’s voice became synonymous with Max Payne, captivating gamers in the trilogy that started in 2001. The actor returned to the role in 2003 and 2012 for the sequels, providing not only his voice but also motion capture for the character.

Beyond Max Payne, McCaffrey lent his voice to other Remedy titles, including “Alan Wake” and “Control.” His versatility and skill in portraying characters added depth to the gaming experience. Remedy’s CEO, Tero Virtala, confirmed plans for remakes of Max Payne and Max Payne 2 in collaboration with Rockstar Games, but it remains unclear if McCaffrey was involved in these projects.

James McCaffrey’s legacy lives on through his impactful contributions to television and gaming. He leaves behind a wife and daughter, and the entertainment community honors his enduring talent and the indelible mark he made on both screens and gaming consoles. Friends and colleagues, including “Entourage” star Kevin Dillon, took to social media to share their fond memories and pay tribute to the late actor.


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