John Cygan

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John Cygan
Born (1954-04-27)April 27, 1954
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died May 13, 2017(2017-05-13) (aged 63)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1990–2017
Children 2

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 due to cancer.[3] He was 63.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Babes Episode: "Everything But Love"
1992 Crow's Nest Mike Corsetti Television film
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 (voice) 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 (voice) Episode: "Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures"
2010 A Good Knight's Quest Charles 2 Episodes
2011 Mater’s Tall Tales Additional Voice Talent 6 Episodes
2011 The Don of the Flies Husband, Junior, The Don (voice) Also writer and director.
2013 Modern Family Admissions Dean Episode: "The Future Dunphys"
2014 Tales form Radiator Springs Idle Threath (voice) Episode: "The Radiator Springs 500 ½"
2012-2016 Regular Show Various Voices 23 Episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Treasure Planet Hedley
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Who
WALL-E Axiom Passenger #3
2010 Toy Story 3 Twitch
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Male Radio Caller / Gus Direct-to-video
2013 Monsters University Big Red (JTC Leader)

Additional Voices[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Cars
Ice Age: The Meltdown
2007 Happily N'Ever After
Surf's Up
2008 Ponyo English Dub
2009 Up
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
2011 Small Fry Short
2012 The Lorax
Partysaurus Rex Short
2013 Monsters University
Despicable Me 2
Leo the Lion Direct-to-video
2015 Inside Out
2017 Despicable Me 3 Final film; posthumous release

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
2000 Grandia II Melfice, Client, Brother 1
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Solidus Snake English Dub
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
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Canderous Ordo [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
2005 Destroy All Humans! General Armquist
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Iron Man, Ka-Zar
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo Sandman
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Iron Man, Warstar
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
Endwar Addtional voices
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
Toy Story 3: The Video Game Twitch
Mafia II Pepé
2011 Call of Juarez: The Cartel Michael Duke, Additional Voices
Dead Island Dr. West, Additional Voices
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Farin
2012 The Darkness II Leo, Additional Voices
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Agarth
Ninja Gaiden 3 Captain Heinlein
Spec Ops: The Line Officers, Damned Officer
Halo 4 Additional Voices
2013 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Silas Greaves
Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2014 Broken Age Dad / Conductor / Spoon [7]
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion
Mafia III Additional Voices
Final Fantasy XV


  1. ^ "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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