Metal Gear's Solidus Snake Voice Actor Passes Away At 63

John Cygan had roles in Metal Gear Solid 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and more.

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John Cygan, a prolific voice actor best known for his role as Solidus Snake, has passed away. He was 63.

Actor Michael Chiklis shared the news on Twitter over the weekend. "John Cygan, one of my closest friends in this world, has passed away," he wrote. "Impossible to adequately describe the magnitude of his loss to my family and I."

Chiklis noted that the two became friends after working together on the TV show The Commish in the early '90s. Cygan also played small roles in other shows throughout the decade, including appearances on The X-Files and Frasier, before becoming a fairly prolific voice actor--particularly in video games.

According to his IMDB page, his credits include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Canderous Ordo), Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Agarth), and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Iron Man). He also played an assortment of characters in games like Final Fantasy XV, Mafia III, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Grand Theft Auto V.

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Perhaps his most significant role in a game was that of the aforementioned Solidus Snake, who was a major part of Metal Gear Solid 2.

Cygan leaves behind his wife, Cathy, and two children.

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deathblow3

rip

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Even though Cygan did a great job with Solidus, storywise, I always thought it was a mistake for him to do a role, and not Hayter.

In japanese version, Otsuka voices both Solid and Solidus, and due to plot, and all that Solid is terrorist leader business, it was really considered it was so, due to them, well, sounding pretty much the same, until big reveal on that bridge with Harrier.

Another voice actor doing a Solidus kind of spoiled it.

Btw, only now I learned that "I'll let you go out in style" line, from one of previous comments, even though I played countless times Harrier boss fight, that spiritual successor to Hind D from MGS1.

It was always hard for me to understand what he says in that moment, when missiles are fired.

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shezmen

That's really sad....r.i.p..

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Samurai1313

Rip Agarth

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LilRoss2k3

i'd rather people just use the word "died".

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PSYCHOV3N0M

"I'LL DROWN YOU FOOLS FOR INTERFERING!!!"

--Solidus Snake

R.I.P. John Cygan

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KamiNoBeniMizu

So long, Patriot.

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Profilia

Rest in peace.

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Foxhound71

I'll never forget that Harrier fight. "I'll let you go out in style!" Guy had some awesome one liners in mgs2, and the delivery was/is potent. A true talent. RIP.

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129260

@Foxhound71: I can still hear the awesome music.

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Super_Tramp

:sad face emoji:

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Archangel3371

He was great as Solidus Snake. R.I.P. John Cygan.

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cornbredx

That's a real shame.

Powers Booth died recently, too.

We are truly reaching the end of an era.

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Samurai1313

@cornbredx: he did? The freakin news didnt talk about it. Dammit

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DarthRevenX

WOW........I'm shocked......

John Cygan was good, great voice and he gave the characters he played a lot of life and made em memorable....anyone can play just about any role but certain actors, the really good ones make a role theirs.....

rest in peace John, you'll be missed.....

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LouiXIII

Rest in peace John

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BigGamerDude

63? He doesnt look it all.

damn, I loved mgs3. Will be missed...

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LouiXIII

@biggamerdude: That was a older pic

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BigGamerDude

@louixiii: That explains it.

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Barighm

He was Canderous? Damn. He really helped bring that character to life. Thx for the contributions to gaming.

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GunEye

Very sad. Thank you for your time and dedication invested in video games and bringing characters to life. RIP man.

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starjay009

RIP sir. You will be truly missed.

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videogameninja

-“We're all born with an expiration date. No one lasts forever… All I want is to be remembered. By other people, by history.”- Solidus Snake.

You surely were John... you surely were.

-RIP SOLIDUS NINJA APPROVED-

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129260

@videogameninja: Awesome Quote........ :(

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Foxhound71

@videogameninja: That was beautiful, bruv.

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DarthRevenX

@videogameninja: so true.....and great quote

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GunEye

@videogameninja: Wow properly quoted. Fine words. RIP John.

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Barbowan

I did know him as Solidus true, but I knew him best as Canderous, telling his hard-core war stories. He's riding that Basilisk War-Droid into the great beyond now. Such a bummer.

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ASnakeNeverDies

We're all born with an expiration date. No one lasts forever. All he wanted was to be remembered. By other people, by history. Rest in peace. :'(

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videogameninja

@asnakeneverdies: LOL,

Just realized I wrote the same thing.

-ASNAKENEVERDIES APPROVED-

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ASnakeNeverDies

@videogameninja: I'm not surprised. Learning of John Cygan's passing while knowing of his role as Solidus will surely conjure memories of the legendary monologue atop Federal Hall. Memories forever imprinted on the minds of every Metal Gear fan. :')

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benleslie5

A sad day for Metal Gear Solid fans :(

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