James McCaffrey (actor)

James McCaffrey (born 1959 in Belfast,[1]) is a Northern Irish-American actor known for his role as Max Payne in the Max Payne video game series. He has also had main roles and recurring roles in a number of television series as well as appearing in feature films.

James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

1959 (age 5960)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1990present
Known forMax Payne, Rescue Me


McCaffrey's first role was as a mentally challenged teen in Bill II: on His Own: The Bill Sackter Story. He played the lead in the first and last seasons of the series Viper, and the short-lived series Swift Justice, and has appeared on As the World Turns and Sex and the City. Additionally, McCaffrey is known for playing deceased New York City firefighter Jimmy Keefe on Rescue Me, as well as Ryan Huntley on Revenge.[2][3]

McCaffrey is known as the voice of Thomas Zane in the video game Alan Wake and the title character in the video games Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, and Max Payne 3; he appeared in a cameo role in the film adaptation of the video game, playing an FBI agent brought in to assist in the capture of Payne.[4] He also starred as Father Thomas in the mystery thriller film A Cry from Within.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Bail Jumper National Guard Credited as Jim McCaffrey
1990 New York's Finest Maitre d' Direct-to-video
1993 Telling Secrets Jackson Merrick Television film
1994 Schemes Paul Stewart Direct-to-video
1995 Burnzy's Last Call Sal
1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs Roy
1997 Nick & Jane Nick
1997 Shanghai 1937 Frank Taylor Television film
1999 The Tic Code Michael
1999 Coming Soon Dante
1999 The Florentine Jack Ryan
1999 Switched at Birth Darryl
2003 American Splendor Fred
2003 Distress Jack Douglas
2004 She Hate Me Bob
2004 Fresh Cut Grass Sam
2005 Hide and Seek Charlie Uncredited
2005 Jokebitch Killer Short film
2007 Broken English Perry
2007 Feel the Noise Jeffrey Skylar
2008 Max Payne FBI Special Agent Jack Taliente Uncredited cameo
2008 Last Call Steven
2009 Sordid Things Jagger Manchester
2010 The Pregnancy Pact Michael Dougan Television film
2010 Nonames Mr. Williams
2010 Meskada Billy Burns
2010 Camp Hope Dr. John
2011 Busted Walk Mr. Turner Short film
2011 One Fall Werber Bond
2011 The Orphan Killer Detective Jones
2011 Montauk Roger Short film
2012 Compliance Detective Neals
2012 To Redemption Nick Reed
2012 Excuse Me for Living Barry
2013 The Suspect Polaski Sheriff
2013 Stain Removal Jules
2014 A Cry from Within Father Thomas
2014 Gun Hill Alex Web Television film
2014 Betrayed Sully Television film
2014 Like Sunday, Like Rain Dale
2015 Sam Seymour
2015 Coach of the Year Fred Call
2015 I Dream Too Much Nikki
2016 Confidence Game David
2016 Blind Howard
2018 The Big Take Douglas Brown
2020 Payne & Redemption The Voice (Rumored)

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Civil Wars Terence Flanagan 4 episodes
1994–1997 New York Undercover Captain Arthur O'Byrne / Jack Dale 7 episodes
1994, 1996–1999 Viper Joe Astor / Michael Payton 34 episodes
1996 Swift Justice Mac Swift 13 episodes
1997 The Big Easy Dominick Episode: "The Gospel According to McSwain"
1998 Sex and the City Max Episode: "The Monogamists"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jesse Hansen Episode: "Bad Blood"
2001 The Job Jeff Larsen Episode: "Foot"
2001 Sex and the City Paul Denai Episode: "The Real Me"
2003 Queens Supreme Johnny Garrett Episode: "The House Next Door"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Daniel Croydon 2 episodes
2003 As the World Turns Charley Spangler 11 episodes
2003 Hack Coslow Episode: "See No Evil"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Peter Forbes Episode: "Coerced"
2004–2011 Rescue Me Jimmy Keefe Main role
55 episodes
2005–2006 Beautiful People Julian Fiske 12 episodes
2006 3 lbs Eric Linden Episode: "The God Spot"
2008 Canterbury's Law Frank Angstrom 4 episodes
2011 Blue Bloods Detective William Carter Episode: "Little Fish"
2011 The Glades Frank Ford Episode: "'shine"
2011 A Gifted Man Milt Sandreski Episode: "Pilot"
2011–2012 Revenge Ryan Huntley 4 episodes
2013–2018 Suits Gordon Specter 3 episodes
2013 White Collar Lieutenant Gannon Episode: "At What Price"
2014 The Following David 2 episodes
2014 Forever Browning Episode: "Look Before You Leap"
2017–2019 She's Gotta Have It Danton Phillips 5 episodes
2018 Jessica Jones Maximillian 'Max' Tatum 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Max Payne Max Payne
2003 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
2005 Area 51 Additional Voices
2008 Alone in the Dark Edward Carnby
2010 Alan Wake Tom Zane, Alex Casey
2012 Max Payne 3 Max Payne Voice and motion capture
2019 Control Zachariah Trench [6]

Personal life

McCaffrey owns a home in Larchmont, New York.[4]


  1. "James McCaffrey - TVSA". www.tvsa.co.za. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  2. Desk, BWW News. "AUSTIN, Starring Thomas G. Waites & James McCaffrey, Opens Tonight at Theatre Row". broadwayworld.com. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. Classicalite (22 August 2014). "James McCaffrey, Tony Award Winner Karen Ziemba Cast in Walter Anderson's Vietnam-Era Play 'Almost Home'". classicalite.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. "A Sizzling Fundraiser newsletter". News.larchmonthistory.org. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  5. "A Cry from Within". DC. Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  6. @ControlRemedy (29 Sep 2018). "You know him from Max Payne, Suits and Jessica Jones. James McCaffrey is Zachariah Trench. The final panelist and cast member will be revealed on Control's Instagram" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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