Mass Effect, Dragon Age voice actor dead

Robin Sachs, voice of Zaeed Massani and Lord Pyral Harrowmont, passes away at 61.

Mass Effect and Dragon Age voice actor Robin Sachs has died. The actor was perhaps best known in gaming for his role as Zaeed Massani in the Mass Effect series and Lord Pyral Harrowmont in Dragon Age: Origins.

Sachs also played Admiral Saul Karath in Knights of the Old Republic, in addition to numerous other roles in games, film, and television. He was 61.

"Our thoughts are with Robin's family and friends during this difficult time, and we thank him for bringing Zaeed to life in the way that only Robin could," BioWare said in a statement.

No cause of death was mentioned, though a post on Sachs' website described his passing as "sudden and unexpected."

Outside of gaming, Sachs played roles in Galaxy Quest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ocean's 11, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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142 comments
CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

He really did have a distinct voice, didn't he?  I thought all the voice work was quite good, but his voice work was SPOT ON for who he was playing.

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

Good night, sweet prince.  May you rest peacefully and may your family also know peace. 

lostn
lostn

He was my favorite personality in ME2. :(


I wish he had more lines. He was so entertaining.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

Damn that sucks.  I _loved_ his portrayal of Zaeed.  Such a distinctive voice with such flawless delivery.  61 just isn't that old these days.  I feel for his family.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"Rage is a hell of an an anesthetic."

Res in peace, sir :(

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

I never noticed who supplied the voice for Zaeed, which makes it a testament to his talent that I never recognized his voice as Ethan Rayne's while playing Mass Effect 2.

Boydo89
Boydo89

Just played mass effect 2 again last week and always had him on my team to hear dat awsome voice. Loved his sponge bob voice over appearance.


NOW SADNESS.....

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Loved him as the actor that he was, perfect voice for Zaeed. My thoughts are for his family. RIP.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

God I hope this guy died doing what he loved....kicking ass.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

My condolences to his loved ones.

I do hope obituaries do not become a regular feature on GameSpot, however.

carolino
carolino

Why they alwais  end the line with " dead". Isn´t it a bit to cold way of saying it?

"Mass Effect, Dragon Age voice actor passed away" . Sounds more respectful to me but english is not my main language so ...just asking.

R.I.P

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

Rest In Peace good sir, you will be forever remembered and will be immortalized as Zaeed Massani.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have played both Dragon Ages and I have no idea who Pyral Harrowmont is. My memory is total shit. Anyway, that really sucks. Never good when anyone who is not evil dies.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Requiescat in Pace.You shall be remembered as one amongst those who made the Mass Effect trilogy forever memorable.

whackyq
whackyq

Sorry about letting Vido go Zaeed, you know it was for the best. RIP.

Superzone
Superzone

R.I.P. good sir.  I loved his voice for Zaeed.

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

I am very sorry to heart that. My thoughts are of Robin Sachs' family. Listening to his performance of Zaeed was refreshing. Zaeed was a part that could have been so easy to have a "phoned in" performance. An old, war hardened bounty hunter. Couldn't you just imagine how cliche another voice actor could have made the role?


Yet Sachs was able to see the man behind the bounty hunter. He made him sound more tired than grim. When you listened to Zaeed's war stories on the Normandy in "Mass Effect 2", he never made Zaeed sound like he was bragging, choosing instead to make him sound proud of his career. When he talks about killing a Krogan, Zaeed sounded like a Grandfather giving a "word of the wise" to the future generation.

And future generations will continue to listen to his tales for decades to come. Sachs didn't need to make Zaeed sound like that, but he did and the universe of "Mass Effect" is all the richer because of it. RIP

selbie
selbie

Zaeed was such an unexpected surprise, and yet to me he is one of the most memorable characters from the Mass Effect series.

MILADISGONE
MILADISGONE

Wow, that was bad, May he rest in piece.

Skyrim25
Skyrim25

We will mis you and thank you for all the outstanding voice acting.

Crazyplayer042
Crazyplayer042

Damn, he did such a great job with those voices too... Rest in Peace

finde111
finde111

Ok, Mr. Eddie, the news editor, I have an issue with the way you represent news.

When I googled it the article from gamebeat came up and it says " Friends described his death as “unexpected,” but sources indicate natural causes. No official cause of death has been announced."

The cause of death is unanouned, yet you posted the news with voice actors character smoking a cigarette, which can very well be interpreted by many that the said person died of smoking related symptons, or smoking contributed a significant part in his demise.

Yet there was no official announcement on his 'cause of death'.

Even though GS is not a public sites that general public frequent, as an news editor, shouldn't you be more objective when reporting the news?

Makes me wonder what media critics would say about this "unintentional", "purely concidental" selection of photo with his demise and it doesn't imply anything that's not officially announced by doc.

Cloud1349
Cloud1349

Farewell, Mr. Sachs.  You truly embodied the roles that you took up with spirit and enthusiasm.  Your talents will be greatly missed.  May you rest in peace.

suder
suder

R.I.P Lord Jesus be with you.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Could hurt Gamestop.  Will hurt Microsoft.  I will not buy it. 

namph01474
namph01474

I still remember his voice in game while not many people can do that. You're such a talent man. R.I.P sir

Biggs613
Biggs613

Couldn't even take the time to find an actual photo of Robin Sachs, what a shame. One of the most talented voice actors in the industry, and a very talented screen actor as well. You will be missed my good sir.

Guest1001
Guest1001

@carolino Yeah. Annoyingly, Gamespot did the same after the composer for Heavy Rain passed away. They're frustratingly tactless.

R.I.P. Robin Sachs. I thought he was great as Ethan Rayne in BtVS.

digitaldevil624
digitaldevil624

@tightwad34 he was one of the lords in orzammar you had to pick sides with the other guy was prince behlen

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@finde111It's a screenshot of his most well known video game character. You're reading WAY too much into this.

jedi2357
jedi2357

@finde111 Have some respect. A man just died, someone who brought several characters to life. RIP Robin Sachs.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@Biggs613 And that's the problem with how voice actors are represented in the news. Editors almost automatically assume no one knows what a voice actor looks like unless it's Mark Hamill.

finde111
finde111

@jedi2357 I don't really think pointing out new editors' possibly unobjective way of presenting news is an act of showing disrespect for the deceased.

Hope he's in better place, R.I.P.

Ground_Zero
Ground_Zero

@Cloud1349 @Defender1978 The sites been glitching out once again. Happened to me. Post in a news board and it appears somewhere else.