Rick May, Team Fortress 2 and Star Fox 64 voice actor, passes away

April 14, 2020 1 min read

Actor Rick May, best remembered in the video game community for his roles in Star Fox 64 and Team Fortress 2, has passed away at the age of 79. The news was released by Seattle's Rekindle School, an initiative where May resided as a teacher of the performing arts.

While May has featured in many video games, including Age of Empires II and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, his most enduring work saw him voicing the militant-minded, overtly-patriotic Soldier in Team Fortress 2, and as both Andross and Peppy Hare in Star Fox 64, where May coined the now-iconic phrase "Do a Barrel Roll!"

Outside of gaming, May was most often found on stage, having starred in and/or directed some 300 shows over a 50-year career. These included roles in classics such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Fiddler on the Roof, Death of a Salesman, and the award-winning one-man show Bully! An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt.

May had been undergoing rehabilitation at a nursing home after suffering from a stroke in February, but recently contracted coronavirus, from which he passed on Monday, April 13. We at Destructoid offer our condolences to his friends and family.

Rick May - In Memoriam [The Rekindle School]

Rick May, Team Fortress 2 and Star Fox 64 voice actor, passes away screenshot


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