May, who was a celebrated stage actor exterior his work in video games, has handed away on the age of 79.
Rick May, an actor with a small however illustrious record of video game critics, has died. According to an obituary posted by Rekindle School, the place he labored as a instructor till lately, May suffered a stroke in February, and contracted COVID-19 whereas staying in a nursing house for rehabilitation. He was 79 years outdated.
May had eight video video games listed amongst his IMDB credit, together with the position of Genghis Khan in Age of Empires II and the Soldier in Team Fortress 2 (together with all associated animated shorts). He additionally appeared in Pajama Sam 2, Freddi Fish 5, SOCOM II, and Claw.
But his most iconic position was one which spawned an odd meme. Rick May performed Peppy Hare, the oldest crew member and mentor determine in Star Fox 64. Rick May was the one who instructed gamers precisely when it was time to “do a barrel roll”–a uncommon instance of voice performing on the Nintendo 64, and a line that may go on to be probably the most iconic in video games.
Outside of video games, Rick May was a significant determine on the planet of theater in Seattle. According to Rekindle School, he acted in or directed over 300 productions throughout his profession. Beyond that, he additionally had an uncredited position in American Graffiti, the second movie by Star Wars director George Lucas.
In tribute to Rick May, in the present day’s a great day to go to Google and kind “do a barrel roll” into the search bar and revel in a traditional Google Easter egg.