"When you're in a room with Steve Blum, you often think you're on a Shakespearian stage."*SNIKT!!!*
Simply put, the American equivalent of Norio Wakamoto
(and lesser extent, Keiji Fujiwara
Steven Jay Blum is notable for his incredibly
versatile range, though his most well-known is his Guttural Growler
voice. He can play just about any role from heroes, to villains, even to the just plain weird. One of his most notable roles is Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop
. He is also known for working with Wendee Lee
and Nolan North
. He is equally known for having a ludicrous number of roles in the same
work at times, with some video games having him voice so many extras that it seems as if you have stepped into some bizarre world populated almost entirely with Steve Blums.
He has a Twitter account
. In April and May of 2012, he used it to lead the charge to bring Toonami
back on the air, which was announced as successful on May 16, 2012.
Officially holds the Guinness World Record
for being the most prolific video game voice actor
, having 261 credited appearances as of May 10, 2012.
A few of the characters he has voiced are found here
His Texas counterparts are Christopher Sabat
(Dallas), Brandon Potter (Dallas), and David Wald
(Dallas and Houston). He's also the Los Angeles counterpart to San Francisco's Erik Braa, and Canada's Brian Drummond
and Scott McNeil
. Keith Silverstein
is shaping to be his successor.
Notable roles from Steve Blum:
- Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War: Captain Bartlett
- Ape Escape 3: Monkey Yellow
- Armored Core: For Answer: Otsdarva/Maximillian Thermidor
- Asura's Wrath: Sergei
- BattleZone: Corporal Buzz
- Bionic Commando (sequel): Joseph "Super Joe" Gibson
- Brave Fencer Musashi: Jon.
- Bulletstorm: Grayson Hunt
- Call Of Duty franchise:
- Command & Conquer: Generals: Numerous Allied units
- Company of Heroes: Voiceover for the American Commander
- Dawn Of War series:
- Dead Rising: Cliff
- Diablo III: Zoltun Kulle
- The Dig: Ludger Brink, Cocytan Leader, Borneo Space Observer
- Digital Devil Saga: Gale
- Dragon Age: Origins: Oghren, First Enchanter Irving, miscellaneous dwarves
- Dynasty Warriors 4 & 5: Sun Jian and Xiahou Yuan
- Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon: Lightning Alpha
- Fallout: New Vegas: Harry
- F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate: David Raynes
- Dirge of Cerberus: Vincent Valentine
- Final Fantasy XII: Ba'Gamnan
- Final Fantasy XIII-2: Valfodr, the Arbiter of Time
- Full Throttle: Sid of the Vultures
- Gate Keepers: Jim Skylark
- God of War: Ares
- Guild Wars franchise:
- Guild Wars: Prophecies and Factions: male protagonists, Justiciar Habilon of the White Mantle
- Guild Wars 2: Rytlock Brimstone
- Gungrave Overdose: Fangoram and Bunji Kugashira
- Kessen II: Guan Yu
- Killer7: Benjamin Keane
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Ranulph
- LOST: Via Domus: Jack Shepard
- MadWorld: Jack Cayman
- Magna Carta 2: Schuenzeit Baren
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Wolverine and Taskmaster
- The Punisher: Bullseye
- Mass Effect 2: Grunt, Wilson, The Shadow Broker and about half the crewmen
- Metal Gear franchise:
- Neo Contra: Master Contra
- No More Heroes: Dark Star
- Phantom Brave: Walnut the Bounty Hunter
- Psychonauts: Tiger, the horde of G-men in The Milkman Conspiracy
- Quake IV: Almost all of the random Marine voices in the game, and this does indeed include Steve-to-Steve conversations.
- Rage: Captain Marshall and Phallinx Hagar
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: The Thugs-4-Less Leader
- The Saboteur: Father Denis
- Saints Row: The Third: The Zombie voice option
- Samurai Warriors: Keiji Maeda
- Shadows Of The Damned: Garcia Hotspur
- Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time: Rioichi Cooper
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Andronikos Revel, Sergeant Boran, a Separatist Commander on Ord Mantell, Baron Deathmark, and many others
- Star Wars Battlefront: Rebel Alliance engineers
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast: Galak Fyyar
- Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance: Rebel pilot Olin Garn
- Transformers: War for Cybertron: Barricade, Shockwave, Cliffjumper, and the Narrator
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: Swindle, Sharpshot, and Shockwave in the sequel
- Tribes: Vengeance: Jericho
- Urban Reign: Brad Hawk
- Valkyria Chronicles: Zaka, Karl Landzaat, and Nils Daerden
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines: Tzimisce Andrei and the Sabbat vampires
- Vanquish: Lieutenant Colonel Burns
- The Wonderful 101: Supreme Overlord Jergingha
- World of Warcraft: Male troll player characters
- Xenosaga Episode III: Cannan, The Professor, and Sellers
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Wolverine, Red Skull, and Beta Ray Bill
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Flash, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave
- Ben 10: Heatblast, Vilgax, and Ghostfreak/Zs'Skayr
- Justice League: War: Darkseid
- G.I. Joe: Resolute: Duke, Roadblock, Zartan, Wild Bill, Ripcord and Doc.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Yakky Doodle, Clamhead
- The Legend of Korra: Amon, Baraz
- Megas XLR: Jamie
- My Life as a Teenage Robot: Smytus
- Regular Show: Several one-shot characters (most noticeably Utopia)
- The Spectacular Spider Man: Green Goblin and Chameleon
- Star Wars Rebels: Zeb Orrelios
- Transformers Prime: Starscream and Darksteel
- Transformers Rescue Bots: Heatwave
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Wolverine, Spider-Man in Wolverine's body, Doc Samson, and Beetle
- Wolverine and the X-Men: Vanisher
- Toonami: Tom 2.0 - present
- Vinesauce: Recorded two blurbs for the stream
- Advertising: Currently does voice-over work for 7-Eleven's advertisements.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Associate Director for a handful of episodes in the original US and Revival US series.
Tropes relating to Steve Blum's work:
- Badass: A lot of the characters he voices fit into this trope. As mentioned in a Tekkoshocon panel, someone stated that he voiced "every badass character ever."
- Badass Baritone: He has a fairly good one naturally, but takes it to its limit as Amon from The Legend of Korra.
- According to him in an interview, should all the characters he voiced ever engage in a free-for-all, the winner would be Leeron since he would creep everyone else out.
- Doing It for the Art: The reason he still does anime dubbing, even though it pays nothing compared to doing video games and western animation. It's worth noting that despite being a union-only member, anime is how he entered the voice acting business (as opposed to his other fellow union-only voice actors like James Arnold Taylor and Nolan North who entered the voice acting businesses other than anime).
- Evil Laugh: Is a master of this.
- Guttural Growler: What got him a lot of attention and popularity. It should be noted that he talks like this in Real Life.
- Taken to its limit in Saints Row: The Third, where the Zombie voice option is just him making Tazmanian Devil-like noises.
- Surprisingly averted in his performance as Guilmon.
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: His last name rhymes with "gloom," not "plum."
- Large Ham: Some of his roles qualify.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Has a wide vocal range, as he's capable of pulling off a higher-pitched voice (like Leeron) or an accent (like Garcia Hotspur and Red Skull) whenever it's needed.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Steve's known for his growly and deep voice which mostly fits with villains, but in real life, he's a really sweet and down-to-earth guy who promotes charity.
- Older Than They Look: Turned 54 this year, even though he doesn't appear to be any older than his early to mid-forties.
- One of Us: On top of being a comic book fan, he also led the charge to get Toonami back on the air, being as passionate about it as his many fans.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Averted. He's played a large variety of roles and has a wide vocal range (including a gay mechanic and a cute Digimon). It's the fandom that only remembers him for Wolverine and Spike Spiegel. However, he notes that at the start of his career, he was stuck as monsters or bad guys.
- Playing Against Type:
- Leeron and Guilmon would be the best examples.
- Also, he's nearly unrecognizable as Grunt and the Shadow Broker due to his voice being modulated, though if you listen closely enough to the former, you can tell it's him.
- Orochimaru, Green Goblin and Starscream require use of his higher register, higher than most of his roles.
- Played with in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Freaky". For a large portion of the episode, he's voicing Spider-Man trapped in Wolverine's body.
- Ben 10: Omniverse has him, in addition to returning as Vilgax, playing Hobble, a weak, cowardly, Butt Monkey Plumber who's pretty much the antithesis of Vilgax.
- Promoted Fanboy: He often talks about hanging out at his uncle's comic book shop and reading the comics. He's voiced numerous comic book characters, most notably Wolverine.
- Pungeon Master: Of the Amon type.
- Rated M for Manly: A lot of his best-known roles.
- Relationship Voice Actor: He's often worked together with Wendee Lee, Crispin Freeman, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore, Beau Billingslea, Josh Keaton, Daran Norris, Yuri Lowenthal and Dee Bradley Baker.