TF2 and Star Fox Voice Actor Rick May Passes Away

Published: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 17:27 | By: Robert N. Adams
Talented Performer Suffered From Stroke, COVID-19

An iconic voice actor has passed away. Rick May — most notably the voice of the Soldier in Team Fortress 2 — has died due to numerous medical problems, one of which was the coronavirus.

The passing of Mr. May,(Aged 79) was noted on Twitter and memorialized in several places on the Internet, one of which is the Facebook page of voice actor John Patrick Lowrie.

 
 

"Rick May was a force of nature, a pain in the ass sometimes but never to the point where I would not use him again and again," Mr. Lowrie stated on Facebook. "We were working friends, colleagues and buddies. Hopefully, there will be those who will speak of his years in the theater, as a teacher, a director and voice talent, of his one-man show as Teddy Roosevelt."

An "In Memoriam" page at the Rekindle School (where Mr. May worked as a teacher) has the details of the lauded actor's final days. Rick May had suffered a stroke in February 2020 and had been moved into a nursing home for rehabilitation. From there, he caught COVID-19 and was subsequently transported to a hospital in Sweden where he later passed away.

Rick May TF2 soldier slice

Which Characters Did Rick May Portray in Gaming?

Mr. May's career as a film and voice actor stretches back nearly 50 years, with his first listed role as an uncredited character in American Graffiti.

From there, he had several other notable roles in acting and in gaming. His voice acting roles include:

  • Peppy Hare in Star Fox 64
  • An unnamed role in Claw
  • Wingnut & Langston in Pajama Sam 2
  • An unnamed role in Age of Empires II
  • Marty Sardini / Dadfish in Freddi Fish 5
  • Additional uncredited voices in SOCOM II
  • Dr. M in Sly 3
  • The Soldier in Team Fortress 2

Condolences can be sent along to his family via the Rekindle School.

Read more about how the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is affecting the gaming world at our Coronavirus Gaming Convention Cancellations and Game Delays Hub.

What do you think of Rick May passing away? What was your favorite voice acting role of his? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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