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They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger...and then it was over.
~ Max Payne's opening prologue.

Max Payne (born May 31, 1971) is the titular character and protagonist of the Max Payne video game series. He is a former NYPD detective turned DEA agent. He was voiced by James McCaffrey in the video game series, while in the live action film, he was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, who also played Bob Lee Swagger in Shooter.

Character Biography

The game begins with Max Payne coming back home. He finds a trio of criminals roaming around in his apartment. He attempts to save his wife Michelle and their newborn daughter Rose from them, but it was too late.

In response to the incident, he went undercover to wage war against the Mafia. He begins his vigilantism by engaging in a shootout with the mobsters working with Jack Lupino in the subway.

The death of his wife, daughter and close friend/partner (Alex Balder) had a severe effect on Max Payne, turning him into an alcoholic as well as a painkiller abuser. In Rockstar's Max Payne 3, Max is somewhat overweight as a result of his depression and severe drinking.


  • He is one of two special/secret agents to be played by Mark Wahlberg, with the other being Terry Hoitz from the 2010 film, The Other Guys and Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age Of Extinction..


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