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Actor Dimitri Diatchenko, who voiced characters in over 30 games, dies at 52

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Dimitri Diatchenko in the film They're Watching.

Dimitri Diatchenko in the film They're Watching. (Image credit: Amplify Releasing)

Actor Dimitri Diatchenko, who was a frequent presence in videogames over the past two decades, died on April 21 at 52 years old. According to CNN, the cause of death has not been determined, but Diatchenko is said to have been recovering at home from an electric shock he received at work on April 13. Police have found "no signs of foul play," CNN says.

Diatchenko played roles in Chernobyl Diaries, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, and Alias, and voiced characters in over two dozen games, including multiple Call of Dutys and Tomb Raiders, Metro: Last Light, XCOM 2, The Last of Us, Fallout 4, and Company of Heroes.

Many of his game credits are for unnamed characters, but Command and Conquer fans may recognize Diatchenko as Oleg Vodnik in Red Alert 3:

Diatchenko was born in San Francisco to Ukrainian immigrants, and was also an accomplished classical guitarist and former national Tae Kwon Do heavyweight champion.

Coincidentally, Gene Dynarski, who played Stalin in the original Red Alert, died in February.

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.