J. Michael Tatum

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J. Michael Tatum
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Tatum at an Otakon 2011 autograph session
Born John Michael Tatum
(1976-05-25) May 25, 1976 (age 40)
McKinney, Texas
Occupation Voice actor, ADR director, ADR script writer
Years active 2004–present

John Michael Tatum (born May 25, 1976 in McKinney, Texas) is an American voice actor, ADR director, and script writer at Funimation/OkraTron 5000 who provides voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series, and video games.

Biography[edit]

At the Florida Supercon 2015 panel, when he was asked what was his inspiration to go into voice acting, Tatum said that when he was young he had a speech impediment and his speech coach had him get involved in theater; in reciting and memorizing, they noticed that his stuttering would disappear. He then got into drama and theater acting, and that voice acting is great in that it enables him to play more characters than on camera.[1]

In 2005, Tatum was discovered by Funimation ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in Samurai 7. Tatum has been cast in several notable roles, including Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan, and Eneru in One Piece. Recently, he was cast as the voice of Rei Ryuugazaki in the English dub of Free! – Eternal Summer.

From January 2010 to January 2014, John hosted That Anime Show with friend and co-worker Terri Doty and ADR Engineer Stephen Hoff.[2] Numerous times, he has expressed his deep love for anime, Doctor Who, Vincent Price, and William Shakespeare.

Tatum is openly gay.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[3]
2005 Burst Angel Additional voices
2005 Samurai 7 Rikichi
2006 Speed Grapher Katsuya Shirogane
2006 Rumbling Hearts Kisho
2007 Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Jim Walsh
2007 Mushi-shi Taku
2007 School Rumble Hiroyoshi Asō
2007 Glass Fleet Various characters
2008 Shuffle! Masanori Takizawa, Yamaguchi, Male Student B
2008 Sasami: Magical Girls Club Amitav
2009 Spice and Wolf Kraft Lawrence [4]
2009 Romeo x Juliet William ADR Director [5][6]
2009 Baccano! Isaac Dian [7]
2010 Rin ~ Daughters of Mnemosyne Ihika [8]
2010 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Scar Replaced Dameon Clarke
Also played Scar in Premium Collection
[9][10]
2010 Ouran High School Host Club Kyoya Ootori [1][11]
2010 Dragon Ball Kai Zarbon, Guide
2010 Hetalia: Axis Powers France [12][13]
2010 Eden of the East Kazuomi Hirasawa [8][14]
2010 Corpse Princess Keisei Tagami ADR Director [14][15]
2010 Initial D Ryosuke Takahashi Funimation dub [16]
2010 Pokémon Tobias
2011 Chaos;Head Kouzou [8]
2011 Hero Tales Shokaku [17]
2011 Birdy the Mighty: Decode Tuto [18]
2011 Black Butler series Sebastian Michaelis [19][20][21][22]
2011 One Piece Eneru Funimation dub [23][24]
2011 Chrome Shelled Regios Gorneo Luckens [25]
2011 Rideback Politician [26]
2012 .hack//Quantum Smith [27]
2012 Steins;Gate Rintaro Okabe ADR Script [1]
2012 Deadman Wonderland Nagi Kengamine
2013 Toriko Jelly Boy [8]
2013 Future Diary Masumi Nishijima Lead Writer, Writer

[28]

2013 Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing Geeth, Rakesh [29]
2014 Space Dandy Dr. Gel [30]
2014–15 Kamisama Kiss series Tomoe [31][32]
2014 Date A Live series Kyōhei Kannazuki [33]
2014 Code:Breaker Masaomi Heike [34]
2014 Attack on Titan Erwin Smith ADR Script [35][36][37]
2015 Assassination Classroom Shiro ADR Script [38]
2015 Tokyo Ghoul series Shuu Tsukiyama Assistant ADR Director [39][40]
2015 Yurikuma Arashi Life Sexy [41]
2015 Nobunagun St. Germain [42]
2015 Tokyo Ravens Jin Ohtomo [43]
2015 Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Rei Ryugazaki ADR Script [44][45][46][47]
2015 Blood Blockade Battlefront Steven A. Starphase [48]
2015 D-Frag! Ataru Kawahara, Young Ataru [49]
2015 Daimidaler the Sound Robot Matayoshi [50]
2015 Danganronpa: The Animation Jin Kirigiri ADR Writer [51]
2016 Prince of Stride: Alternative Yūjirō Dan [52]
2016 Divine Gate Arthur [8]
2016 Brothers Conflict Masaomi Asahina [53]
2016 The Empire of Corpses Frederick Burnaby [54]
2016 My Hero Academia Tenya Īda [55]
2016 Chaos Dragon Black Dragon [56]
2016 RWBY Klein [citation needed]


Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[3]
2006 Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa Additional voices
2011 Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance Ryoji Kaji [8][57][58]
2011–12 Eden of the East films Kazuomi Hirasawa [8]
2011 Summer Wars Wabisuke Jinnouchi [59]
2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Regalyan D'Marcall
2012 Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom Damon
2013 Shakugan no Shana: The Movie Friagne [8]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source[3]
2012 Borderlands 2 Hodunk Bandit, Sir Hammerlock [8]
2014 Smite Hercules [8]
2014 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Sir Hammerlock, Lost Legion Infantry #4, Powersuit Pro [60]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Florida Supercon (September 14, 2015). Ouran High School Host Club Panel with Vic Mignogna Caitlin Glass and J Michael Tatum. YouTube. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ "T.A.S. Crew". thatanimeshow.com. 
  3. ^ a b c Advertising, Holmes Millet. "J. Michael Tatum". marycollins.com. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Finnegan, Erin (January 4, 2010). "Shelf Life - Sugar and Spice". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Funimation has done a nice job with the dub. Weirdly, though, Brina Palencia and J. Michael Tatum very carefully annunciate every word in the show. I couldn't tell if they were aping the super-articulate speech of the Japanese actors or what. It's not bad, it's just a little odd. The dub script is quite loyal to the subs. 
  5. ^ "Funimation Posts More Ouran, Romeo X Juliet Episodes (Updated)". Anime News Network. February 11, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Martin, Theron; Kimlinger, Carl (January 1, 2010). "Anime in America: Theron and Carl's Best (and Most Notable) of 2009". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ Finnegan, Erin (Feb 1, 2010). "Shelf Life - Stairway to Heaven". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Isaac and Miria's lighthearted subplot effectively takes some of the edge off the dark moments, but the show never flip flops from serious to silly like Linebarrels of Iron. It transitions smoothly to humor and back again. J. Michael Tatum and Caitlin Glass do a great job capturing Isaac and Miria for the dub. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "J Michael Tatum". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Funimation Adds X TV/OAV, 5 Initial D Anime Stages". Anime News Network. September 25, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Adult Swim to Debut Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Update 3)". Anime News Network. February 4, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Funimation Announces Ouran High School Host Club Cast". Anime News Network. July 4, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Funimation Announces Partial English Cast for Hetalia (Update 8)". Anime News Network. July 7, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 1, 2010). "Hetalia US Premiere and Cast Panel". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Funimation Adds Rosario + Vampire, Chaos;HEAd, Regios". Anime News Network. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ Finnegan, Erin (October 18, 2010). "Shelf Life - Corpse Bride". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. The dub is impressive. ... J. Michael Tatum makes a good Keisei, but Keiji Fujiwara gets more of a range out of Keisei's comedic and serious moments 
  16. ^ "Funimation Streams Initial D: Fourth Stage, Nerima Daikon Brothers". Anime News Network. March 23, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Funimation Reveals English Cast of Hero Tales Anime". Anime News Network. December 29, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Hetalia Promo Videos, Birdy English Cast & Promo Posted". Anime News Network. August 4, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Funimation Reveals Dub Casts, New Site, Prepaid Cards". Anime News Network. July 30, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ Toole, Mike (October 10, 2010). "The Mike Toole Show - The Con Job". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Just as I write this, I'm sitting smack in the middle of a room with almost nine hundred Black Butler fans, most of whom are currently going nutso and bum-rushing the stage because the show's English language dub actor, J. Michael Tatum, is putting shoes on a lady dressed as the heroine. Earlier, I witnessed what had to be at least five hundred people sing along to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in perfect unison. It's hard not to smile at that kind of spectacle, but not THAT hard. 
  21. ^ "Black Butler Prize Pack Give-Away". Anime News Network. December 22, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ Finnegan, Erin (April 11, 2011). "Shelf Life - Antiques Rogueshow". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. I was particularly impressed with William T. Spear's voice in the dub. J. Michael Tatum as Sebastian sounds cute enough, but I thought Sebastian sounded cuter in Japanese (sorry, Tatum; you were sexier in other dubs). 
  23. ^ Finnegan, Erin (January 10, 2011). "Shelf Life - Eye Spy". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. J. Michael Tatum does a nice job in the dub as Eneru, in all his megalomaniacal madness. I keep missing the dub commentary tracks because they're not listed in the Extras menu, which is usually where one expects to find them. There are never any other extras in these sets, but the content of the show usually makes up for it 
  24. ^ Finnegan, Erin (February 21, 2011). "Shelf Life - Spring Awakening". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. In the commentary track, J. Michael Tatum talks about how Eneru was his first major role, and jokes about using the Eneru voice at a drive-through. This particular commentary provides some insight into the careers of voice actors and the production, which is fairly interesting 
  25. ^ Finnegan, Erin (April 4, 2011). "Shelf Life - Culture Club". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. I am frequently surprised while watching bad anime to hear dub actors who manage to deliver a convincing emotional performance. Perhaps they are able to suss out the characters' motivations in a way that I cannot. J. Michael Tatum in particular delivers a good manly crying scene as Gorneo. 
  26. ^ Finnegan, Erin (August 8, 2011). "Shelf Life - The RideBack Diaries". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. The dub didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed J. Michael Tatum as a deep voiced politician and Stephanie Young as his sultry sister 
  27. ^ ".hack//Quantum's English Dub Cast Announced". Anime News Network. December 15, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Funimation Reveals High School DxD, Future Diary Dub Casts". Anime News Network. May 25, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Funimation Reveals Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing's English Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. February 15, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Bones' Space Dandy Anime Debuts on January 4 With Ian Sinclair". Anime News Network. December 5, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Kamisama Kiss Shojo Anime's Trailer Previews English Dub". Anime News Network. December 9, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Funimation Unveils Kamisama Kiss Season 2's English Cast". Anime News Network. February 21, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Funimation Unveils Date A Live's English Dub Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Funimation Unveils Code:Breaker's English Dub Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. April 18, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Special Operations Squad: Eve of the Counterattack, Part 2". Attack on Titan. Episode 15. August 16, 2014. Adult Swim. 
  36. ^ "Attack on Titan English Dub Premiere at Anime Boston". funimation.com. February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Funimation Announces 5th Round of Attack on Titan Dub Cast". Anime News Network. March 14, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Funimation Announces Assassination Classroom English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. February 16, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Tokyo Ghoul√A Cast Announcment". Funimation.com Blog. February 18, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Funimation Announces Tokyo Ghoul √A English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. February 18, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Funimation Announces Yurikuma Arashi Broadcast Dub Cast". Anime News Network. March 12, 2015. 
  42. ^ "More Nobunagun Cast! (1/3)". Twitter. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Funimation Announces Tokyo Ravens English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. January 7, 2015. 
  44. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Anime with English Dub". Anime News Network. December 22, 2015. 
  45. ^ "Free! Eternal Summer English Dub Casts J. Michael Tatum as Rei". Anime News Network. November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Free! Eternal Summer, It's our last dub cast announcement for Free!..." (Tumblr). Free! Funimation Tumblr. November 16, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Free! Eternal Summer's English Dub Trailer Posted". Anime News Network. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  48. ^ "Funimation Unveils Blood Blockade Battlefront's English Dub Cast, Video". Anime News Network. May 13, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  49. ^ "D-Frag! English Dub Casts Austin Tindle, Bryn Apprill, More". Anime News Network. January 22, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  50. ^ "Funimation Unveils Daimidaler's Dub Cast, Trailer, December 15 Date". Anime News Network. October 7, 2015. Archived from the original on October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  51. ^ "Funimation Announces Danganronpa Anime English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. April 4, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  52. ^ "Austin Tindle, Ricco Fajardo, Natalie Hoover Star in Prince of Stride English Broadcast Dub". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  53. ^ "Funimation Reveals Brothers Conflict Anime's English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. January 8, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  54. ^ "Project Itoh's 'The Empire of Corpses' – Cast + Trailer!". Funimation. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  55. ^ "Funimation Offers English Broadcast Dub for My Hero Academia Anime (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  56. ^ "Funimation Reveals Chaos Dragon Anime's English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  57. ^ "Eva: 2.0's English Asuka, Mari, Kaji Cast". Anime News Network. December 27, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  58. ^ Finnegan, Erin. "Shelf Life - The 2.22nd Coming". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. J. Michael Tatum sounds like he was born to play Kaji. I found this dub far more tolerable than previous Eva dubs I've tried to watch, although I can't get over John Swasey as Gendou; his voice just isn't deep enough. 
  59. ^ Finnegan, Erin (February 28, 2011). "Shelf Life - (114) Minutes of Summer". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Wabisuke, the black sheep of the family and a shades-of-gray villain, has been working on a shady project for the U.S. Defense Department. He's also the only iPhone user in the film (everyone else uses Japanese-looking phones). Wabisuke's complicated relationship with his family could be symbolic of Japan's relationship with the U.S. J. Michael Tatum has just the right sound as Wabisuke in the dub. 
  60. ^ 2K Australia, Gearbox Software. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. 2K Games. Scene: Closing credits, 4 minutes in. 

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