Brendan O'Brien, the voice actor behind many iconic characters from the Naughty Dog era of Crash Bandicoot, has passed away aged 60. Best known for his role as the eponymous Crash Bandicoot, O'Brien also voiced Neo Cortex, N. Gin, Nitrus Brio and Tiny Tiger in the original trilogy on PS1, as well as various other characters in spinoffs like Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash.
On social media and on the obituary site Legacy, fans are sharing fond and emotional memories of their experiences with O'Brien's work. While hardware limitations made extended line reads virtually impossible on PS1, nostalgic barks like "woah", delivered just so, can form the kind of impression that lasts a lifetime.
Our thoughts are with Brendan's family and friends. Share your memories and offer well wishes in the comments section below.
Damn, I loved these games. RIP.
Also kind of sad that Microsoft is going to own this character.
I grew up with the Crash Bandicoot games back on PlayStation. Good times, May he rest in peace.
Rest in peace Mr. O’Brien, and thank you for all your hard work.
@KaijuKaiser At least with Microsoft owning the character. There is at least a future. Cause it not like Activision had any real plans for the character. They killed off Vicarious Visions and is slowly moving Toys for Bob over to CoD as a support studio. Microsoft buy out is both Crash; and even maybe Spyro last chance. Since there was talks of bring back Skylander due to the influx of cash, hardware manufacturing and supply chain that Microsoft can provide.
@AverageGamer I personally agree that Microsoft owning Crash and Spyro is better than just Activision alone owning them. I do feel that it is a little strange to see once PlayStation mascots of sorts soon to be potentially owned by Microsoft, as I have fond memories of both Spyro and Crash on PS1. But I think as strange as it feels, my two childhood friends, Spyro and Crash, are definitely in a safer home with Microsoft than if they were to remain only owned by Activision. That idea is comforting to me.
I also think that, while not guaranteed, it could still be very possible that Microsoft will continue to ship potential future Crash and Spyro games to other platforms than just Xbox and PC. I think it's still possible that if the deal goes through, we could still see potential new games in both IPs made available on Sony and Nintendo hardware. I think Vicarious Visions and Toys for Bob did an outstanding job remastering both original PS1 trilogies, and making another really great Crash game as well, but yes, sadly Activision as it remains seems more focused on Call of Duty than anything else.
So, yes, I also think Spyro and Crash would be in better hands with Microsoft owning them, as strange and bittersweet as it feels to see them as Microsoft IPs with their PlayStation oriented history.
Rest in peace, Brendan O'Brien. Thank you for giving us your talents to enjoy and love. He will be in a happier place now.
He actually passes away march 23 2023.i wonder why it took so long.r.i.p.to brendan o' brien.crash bandicoot is a iconic game.word up son
Rest in peace fella!
Bloody love the Crash games!
Awful news and he was far too young.
@Kingdom_Hearts95 @AverageGamer Considering that Toys for Bob is at the helm, I can't say I'm optimistic for Crash's and Spyro's future.
Edit: Anyway, RIP Brendan, you will be missed
You live on eternally Crash Bandicoot!(Brendan O’ Brien!) thank you for adding extra awesomeness to me and my brother’s childhood video gaming memories,
Damn it, I wish me and my brother met you as kids, but that’s life.😢
Thank you! And rest in peace.
You are eternally THE one and only Crash Bandicoot!
Why only 11 comments?
@BlueWeezer Why would you say that? Both remake of Crash and Spyro were extremely well done which they assisted with. Toys to life games may not be loved by the hardcore, but they were fun games. Crash 4 was also well received.
I don’t see any issues with Toys for Bob continuing to helm these IP into the future.
@Kingdom_Hearts95 It no stranger and bittersweet as seeing Bungie as a Playstation studio with their Xbox oriented history.
@AverageGamer I'm okay with their Crash remake, it's Crash 4 I don't like. I'm not gonna go too in-depth on why I don't like it (Cause I don't want to make a long post), so here's the short version of my main reason: This game is torturous if you're a completionist.
Did he also voice the character in the t.v. ads heckling outside of Sega and Nintendo Seattle HQ?
RIP Brendan O'Brien, you will be missed dearly by us 90's fans.
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