Steven Blum

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Steve Blum
Steve Blum's Face.JPG
Born Steven Jay Blum
(1960-04-28) April 28, 1960 (age 54)[1]
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Other names David Lucas, Andrew Watton, Steven J. Blum
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1992–present[2]
Agent Arlene Thornton and Associates

Steven Jay "Steve" Blum (born April 28, 1960) is an American voice actor of anime and video games known for his distinctive deep voice.

Career[edit]

Among his credits include the voice of Spike Spiegel in the anime show Cowboy Bebop and Mugen in Samurai Champloo. He voiced Roger Smith from The Big O, Orochimaru, Zabuza, Ōnoki and Ao in the Naruto anime, X-Men's Wolverine in numerous games, as well as in the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, the animated movie Hulk Vs, The Super Hero Squad Show and Marvel Anime: X-Men. He also provided the video game voice of Jack Cayman, the main character of MadWorld, Tank Dempsey, the comic relief of Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II zombie modes, Professor Galvez in Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, and Grayson Hunt, the main protagonist of Bulletstorm and Gorim, Oghren, and First Enchanter Irving in the 2009 video game Dragon Age: Origins.

In September 2000, Blum voiced the role of TOM, the robotic host of Toonami shown on Cartoon Network (replacing Sonny Strait) as the character's second through fourth incarnations right up to the block's cancellation on September 20, 2008 but returned since the block's revival on May 26, 2012. He is also the voice of 7-Eleven's "Oh Thank Heaven" television and radio advertisements and for his work with Vic Mignogna in a scratch-made sound bite series parodying Anheuser-Busch's Real Men of Genius radio ad campaign, titled Real Fans of Genius. Revealed by Blind Ferret Entertainment on November 15, 2012, it was announced that Blum will be playing Harry, "the Homeless Bum", in Least I Could Do: The Animated Series.[3]

He is also well known in American-based/Union animation; as the voices of Heatblast, Ghostfreak, and Vilgax in the Ben 10 franchise, Jamie in Megas XLR, Yakky Doodle and Clamhead in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Smytus in My Life as a Teenage Robot, his voice portrayals of Starscream in Transformers: Prime and Count Vertigo in DC Showcase: Green Arrow as well as in Young Justice, Red Skull, Beta Ray Bill and Wolverine in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Melbourne O'Riley in What's New, Scooby Doo?, Amon in The Legend of Korra, and Zoltun Kulle in Diablo III.

Legacy[edit]

On June 5, 2012, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor, having 261 credited appearances on May 10. He is also considered as "the king of anime", among fans and the number of credit appearances. Additionally, Blum worked as a writer in English adaptations of Naruto, Digimon: Digital Monsters and MegaMan NT Warrior.

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

Animation[edit]

Films[edit]

Program Block[edit]

  • Toonami (2000–2008, 2012–present) - TOM

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sam Riegel
Voice of Starscream
2010–
Succeeded by
Charlie Adler
Preceded by
Brendan O'Brien
English voice of Crash Bandicoot
2003
Succeeded by
Jess Harnell
Preceded by
Hugh Jackman
Actor portrayed/voiced Wolverine
2008–present
Succeeded by
Hugh Jackman