John Cygan

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John Cygan
Born(1954-04-27)April 27, 1954
DiedMay 13, 2017(2017-05-13) (aged 63)
OccupationActor, voice artist, comedian
Years active1990–2017

John Cygan (April 27, 1954 – May 13, 2017) was an American actor, voice artist[1] and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Cygan was born in New York City to a large family of thirteen children, six of them being half-siblings. His parents never married.[2]

He attended West Babylon High School in Long Island and was active in the church and school theatre while in high school, including a star performance as the insane brother in Arsenic and Old Lace and the lead performance in a high school production of Bye Bye Birdie, as the ever faithful agent Albert Peterson.[citation needed]


Cygan was notable for his television work (The Commish, The X-Files) and his voice work (Star Wars games, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo games).


Cygan died at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles on May 13, 2017 at the age of 63 from cancer.[3] He is survived by his wife and Two children, Annie and Jack.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Crow's Nest Mike Corsetti
2002 Treasure Planet Hedley Voice[1]
2006 Cars Voice[1]
Ice Age: The Meltdown Voice[1]
Happily N'Ever After Voice[1]
2007 Surf's Up Voice[1]
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Who [1]
WALL-E Axiom Passenger #3 Voice[1]
Ponyo Voice, English Dub
2009 Up Voice[1]
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Voice[1]
2010 Toy Story 3 Twitch Voice[1]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Male Radio Caller / Gus Direct-to-video Voice[1]
2011 Small Fry Voice, Short
2012 The Lorax Voice[1]
Partysaurus Rex Voice, Short
2013 Monsters University Big Red (JTC Leader) Voice[1]
Despicable Me 2 Voice[1]
2015 Inside Out Voice[1]
Minions Voice[1]
2017 Despicable Me 3 Voice, Final film role; posthumous release[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Babes Episode: "Everything But Love"
1992-1993 Bob Harlan Stone 25 episodes
1994 The X-Files Sheriff Spencer Episode: "Blood"
1992-1996 The Commish Detective Paulie "Pants" Pantangeli 35 episodes
1996 Frasier Doug Harvey Episode: "High Crane Drifter"
1997 Nothing Sacred Episode: "Roman Catholic Holiday"
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Adam Embry Episode: "Baby Boom"
1998 The Hughleys Officer Episode: "Keeping Romance Alive"
2001 Becker Detective Cross Episode: "Breakfast of Chumpions"
2002 NYPD Blue Tommy Dwyer 2 episodes
2003 Judging Amy Jeremy Cools Episode: "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy TV Announcer / Man at Police Station Episode: "Bearded Billy"
2006 The Shield LAPD Chief of Police Johnson Episode: "Of Mice and Lem"
2007 Ben 10 Kangaroo Commando / Abel and Kane North Episode: "Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures"[1]
2010 A Good Knight's Quest Charles 2 episodes
2011 Mater’s Tall Tales additional voices 6 episodes
2011 The Don of the Flies Husband / Junior / The Don Also writer and director.
2013 Modern Family Admissions Dean Episode: "The Future Dunphys"
2014 Tales form Radiator Springs Idle Threat Episode: "The Radiator Springs 500 ½"
2012-2016 Regular Show various voices 23 episodes[1]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Dash Rendar PC version
1999 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance Dash Rendar, Civilian Pilot [1]
2000 Grandia II Melfice, Client, Brother 1 [1]
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Solidus Snake English Dub[1]
2002 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Dash Rendar, General Rand Talor, Quarren Thug
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Solidus Snake
Dark Chronicle Master Utan English Dub
2003 Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits Droguza [1]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Canderous Ordo [1][6]
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown Little John
2004 Painkiller Sammael
The Punisher Tony Stark / Iron Man / Carlo Duka, Gnuccu
EverQuest II Concordium (High Elf), Apprentice Kalimar
Archivist Jindlefog, Neophyte Jhanov
Guard Rellin'thir, Wisp of Marr, Arqis the Mage
Biddy Bobick, Broker Algernon, Royal Accountant Fowler
Janus Fieri
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords Mandalore the Preserver [1]
2005 Destroy All Humans! General Armquist [1]
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Iron Man, Ka-Zar [1]
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo Sandman
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Iron Man, Warstar [1]
The Sopranos: Road to Respect Additional Voices
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 Sandman
2007 Medal of Honor: Vanguard Sgt. John Magnuson
Lair Koba Kai
2008 Rise of the Argonauts Additional voices
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Makunga [1]
Endwar Additional voices
Too Human Neilssen, Engineer, Pilot #2
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Col. Jeremy Barnsby
2010 Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Additional Voices
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Malik [1]
Toy Story 3: The Video Game Twitch
Mafia II Pepé [1]
2011 Call of Juarez: The Cartel Michael Duke, Additional Voices
Dead Island Dr. West, Additional Voices [1]
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Farin [1]
2012 The Darkness II Leo, Additional Voices [1]
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Agarth
Ninja Gaiden 3 Captain Heinlein [1]
Spec Ops: The Line Officers, Damned Officer [1]
Halo 4 Additional Voices
2013 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Silas Greaves
Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2014 Broken Age Dad / Conductor / Spoon [1][7]
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Additional Voices
Mafia III
Final Fantasy XV
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 The Local Pedestrian Population Posthmous release


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al "John Cygan". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "An Interview With John Cygan". The Gaming Liberty. August 23, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (May 15, 2017). "John Cygan, Actor on 'The Commish,' Dies at 63". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Pereira, Chris (May 15, 2017). "Metal Gear's Solidus Snake Voice Actor Passes Away At 63". GameSpot. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Staff (May 15, 2017). "John Cygan (1954 - 2017)". Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nostalgia: 'Knights of the Old Republic' still enjoyable". The Daily Campus. November 30, 2015. Archived from the original on April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Haas, Pete (September 1, 2013). "Double Fine's Broken Age Cast Includes Jack Black, Jennifer Hale". Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.

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