Brendan O’Brien, the actor who voiced the iconic video game character Crash Bandicoot, passed away on March 23, 2023, at the age of 60. His death was only made public in May 2023, when his obituary was posted on Legacy.com. His cause of death has not been revealed yet, and his family may choose to keep it private. However, some fans have speculated that he may have inherited some health issues from his parents, who both died of different complications.
A Talented Actor and Musician
Brendan O’Brien was born in Hollywood, California, as the son of actors Edmond O’Brien and Olga San Juan. He started his acting career at the age of 10, with a supporting role in the TV movie Honor Thy Father (1973). He then appeared in several films and TV shows, such as Grindhouse (2003) and Riverdale (2020). He was also a musician, playing guitar and keyboards for various bands and artists.
The Original Voice of Crash Bandicoot
Brendan O’Brien’s most famous role was as the original voice of Crash Bandicoot, the main protagonist of the popular video game series created by Naughty Dog. He provided the voice for Crash, as well as other characters such as Doctor Neo Cortex and Tiny Tiger, from 1996 to 2004. He was credited with coming up with the distinctive voice and personality of Crash, who became one of the most recognizable mascots in gaming history. He also voiced other video game characters, such as Spyro the Dragon and Ripto.
A Legacy That Lives On
Brendan O’Brien’s death has saddened many fans and colleagues, who have expressed their condolences and tributes on social media. The official Crash Bandicoot account tweeted: “Sharing our sincere condolences to Brendan O’Brien’s loved ones for his passing. He was an incredible talent who brought Crash Bandicoot and other Crash characters to life. He will forever live on in the hearts of Crash fans.”
Brendan O’Brien is survived by his wife, Ingrid K. Behrens, whom he married in 2000. They lived in Los Padres National Forest, where they enjoyed nature and reading. Brendan O’Brien will be remembered as a talented actor and musician, who gave life to one of the most beloved video game characters of all time.