Creator: Steve Blum

aka: Steven Jay Blum

"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 well known for his incredibly versatile range. He can play just about any role from heroes, to villains, even to the just plain weird. One of his most famous 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.

Steve is married with two boys and he mentions in a 2015 interview that one of his sons is doing voiceover work.

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 and Ben Diskin are shaping to be his successors.


Roles from Steve Blum:

Anime

Comic Books

Film

Video Games

Western Animation

Other

  • 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.
  • 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. 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: When he does a villain, it can range from sinister to magnificent.
  • Guttural Growler: What got him a lot of attention and popularity. He also 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.
    • 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 and some of them mix it, such as Amon, who's often vocally subdued, but when he needs to, he commands a powerful presence with both his voice and motions.
  • 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 55 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; a flaming gay engineer and a tiny cute creature are as far away from growing villains as you can get.
    • 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 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, such as Wolverine.


Alternative Title(s):

Steven Jay Blum, Steven Blum