The gaming industry lost one of its own on April 8th, 2020, as Rick May, a popular voice actor, sadly passed away at the age of 79 after contracting COVID-19. He was being rehabilitated in a nursing home, following a stroke he suffered in February 2020.

Rick May grew up in Seattle and Canada, and was a serviceman in the US military. He had a background in theatre, starring in shows such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Peter Pan. He even set up his own theatre company in 2001, based in Kirkland, Washington and taught theatre at the Rekindle School in Seattle.

As gamers, we remember him fondly as the voice behind a whole host of your favourite characters. Take a look at the awesome video game stars Rick May brought to life.

Star Fox 64

Claw

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

Team Fortress 2

The popular video game, Team Fortress 2, just wouldn’t be the same without Soldier and his funny phrases, like “Give ’em the boot, right in the fruit!” Soldier owes his voice to the remarkable Rick, and the rest of us are thankful for it.

A Man of Many Talents

  • The historical RTS game, Age of Empires II, including the legendary Genghis Khan
  • The iPad game for children, Thinkin’ Things Collection 1: Toony the Loon’s Lagoon
  • The educational games Ollo in the Sunny Valley Fair and Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove

Not one to confine himself to one skill in life, Rick May also has an animation credit for the Shrek brawler, Shrek Superslam. He even got a special thanks for SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs. It’s a true shame Rick didn’t get a chance to show us what else he could do, but the characters he voiced, and the games he contributed to will live on. Grab yourself a Rick May game and raise a glass to a talented man.

Rick May, RIP