David Pizzuto dies at 60

Was actor, videogame voiceover artist

Actor, singer, musician and songwriter David Anthony Pizzuto, best known for his voiceover work, particularly on videogames, died Feb. 10 in Burbank, Calif., following a brief illness. He was 60.

Pizzuto played cops in a number of features and TV shows. Film credits included “Always Something Better,” “The First and Last,” “My Little Hollywood” and “The Versace Murder.” TV credits include Elmore Leonard adaptation “Maximum Bob” and roles as policeman in re-creations for series such as “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted.”

Starting in the late 1990s, however, Pizzuto began to rack up a lot of credits for videogame voiceovers and voice work in film and TV. He impersonated Willem Dafoe for two episodes of “Family Guy” in 2006-07 and did a guest voice on FX’s “Archer” in 2010. Game credits include “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay,” “The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction,” “James Bond 007: From Russia With Love,” “Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption,” “Avatar: The Game,” “Rango,” “Spider-Man: Edge of Time,”

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

Born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Pizzuto began his career in show business as a drummer in several bands, eventually becoming the lead singer with groups including Cats on Holiday.

Pizzuto occasionally worked as a location scout in south Florida after having relocated to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, including on the Michael Mann-directed biopic “Ali” and “Bad Boys II” as well as the TV series “CSI: Miami” and “Karen Sisco.”

He was very active in the Screen Actors Guild and served on several committees involved with the negotiation or oversight of the national basic cable animation contract and national interactive contract.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather; a stepbrother; and three stepsisters. His cousin was TV writer-producer Tucker Cawley.

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