William "B.J." Blazkowicz
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"B.J." Blazkowicz as seen in Wolfenstein (2009)
|First game||Wolfenstein 3D (1992)|
|Voiced by||Matthew Kaminsky (Return to Castle Wolfenstein)
Peter Jessop (Wolfenstein)
|Portrayed by||Daniel Krauss (Der Goldene Nazivampir von Absam 2 – Das Geheimnis von Schloß Kottlitz)|
William Joseph "B.J." Blazkowicz (Polish pronunciation: [blasˈkɔvitʂ]) is the protagonist of the Wolfenstein series of video games, first introduced in the action-adventure game Castle Wolfenstein in 1981. He starred in the 1992 first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D and in most of the following games in the series, except for the multiplayer Enemy Territory.
William Joseph Blazkowicz was born in the United States on August 15, 1911, to a family of Polish immigrants, and was nicknamed "B.J." by his friends. His mother was Jewish and tried hide it unsuccessfully. During World War II, B.J. became a sergeant in the U.S. Army Rangers, before being recruited as the top agent for the United States Office of Secret Actions (OSA), a fictional version of the Office of Strategic Services, who dispatched him to investigate rumors of occult activity by the Third Reich. During his service he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States, and other military decorations.
Blazkowicz got married after the war, at age 40, to Julia Marie Peterson. Their son, Arthur Kenneth Blazkowicz became a television host in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Being a TV host, Arthur changed his last name to Blaze. Then, he married Susan Elizabeth McMichaels. They had one son, which was named after Arthur's father, William Joseph Blazkowicz II, or as he signed his grade school homework, Billy Blaze. His descendant, Stan Blazkowicz, is one of the heroes of Doom II RPG.
The New Order diverges Blazkowicz's story into an alternate direction, where he suffers from amnesia during a mission. World War II would be won by the Nazis, and B.J. remains in an asylum for over a decade into the 1960s.
In the Wolfenstein games
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In the 2005 German film Der Goldene Nazivampir von Absam 2 – Das Geheimnis von Schloß Kottlitz, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, portrayed by Daniel Krauss, tracks down Nazi scientists in secret laboratories located in the Austrian Alps in order to disclose the secret of "miracle weapons" and Dracula's bones and to find that events occurring in the Kottlitz Castle are beyond imagination.
In May 2012, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3-D, Bethesda Softworks released a free B.J. Xbox Live Avatar masks over on the series' Facebook page. Classic B.J. Blazkowicz Mask is a purchasable item for Doom at Xbox Marketplace.
In 2008, IGN included him on the list of characters they would like to see in an ultimate fighting game, calling him "the soldier who fired the first shot in the first-person-shooter wars", as well as in an ultimate "zombie strike team" of the best zombie fighters in entertainment. IGN also listed him as first on a list of top commandos in video games, adding: "Really, there's no greater victory for a commando than killing Hitler. Kudos, Blazkowicz." In 2012, GamesRadar ranked him as 93rd "most memorable, influential, and badass" protagonist in video games.
UGO.com included William B.J. Blazkowicz on the 2007 list of the greatest soldiers in fantasy entertainment history, calling him "a true American hero", and in 2007 - prior to Tom Hall's confirmation that Blazkowics is half-Jewish - featured him on the list of the greatest Jews in gaming: "Being the Nazi-hating son of Polish immigrants does make B.J. a candidate, but his Judaism remains woefully unconfirmed. For all the Nazis he's chain-gunned through, B.J. deserves a framed honorary Jew certificate." (The website Jew or Not Jew wrote that "he's probably just a Nazi-killing Pole.")
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