Steve Blum
Blum at the 2023 WonderCon
Born
Steven Jay Blum

(1960-04-29) April 29, 1960 (age 63)
Other names
  • Tom Baron
  • Richard Cardona
  • Roger Canfield
  • Daniel Andrews
  • David Lucas[1]
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1992–present
Spouse
(m. 2017)
Children3
Websitesteveblumvoices.com

Steven Jay Blum (/blm/; born April 29, 1960) is an American voice actor. Known for his distinctively deep voice, his roles include Spike Spiegel from the anime series Cowboy Bebop, Garazeb Orrelios from the animated series Star Wars Rebels, Sub-Zero from the video game franchise Mortal Kombat, Ares in God of War, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, and God of War: Ascension, and Wolverine from Marvel's Wolverine and the X-Men, Marvel Anime: X-Men, and various other projects featuring the character.

He is sometimes credited as David Lucas, Richard Cardona, Roger Canfield, Tom Baron and Daniel Andrews in various anime and other live-action appearances.

Early life

Steven Jay Blum was born on April 29, 1960, to a Jewish family in Santa Monica, California.[2][3][4][5]

Career

Blum began his career in 1992.[6] His credits include the voice of Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Roger Smith from The Big O, Orochimaru and Zabuza Momochi in Naruto and Wolverine in multiple Marvel productions. In video games, he provided the voice of main protagonist Jack Cayman in MadWorld, Captain Foley and Tank Dempsey in the Call of Duty series, Professor Galvez in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Ares in God of War and God of War: Ascension, main protagonist Grayson Hunt in Bulletstorm, Brimstone in Valorant, Zoltun Kulle in Diablo III, Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat X and 11, Hal Jordan / Green Lantern in Injustice 2, Rytlock Brimstone in Guild Wars 2, and main protagonist Capt. Devin Ross in Clive Barker's Jericho.

In September 2000, Blum voiced TOM, the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block. He replaced Sonny Strait in the character's subsequent appearances, until the cancellation of Toonami in 2008. When Toonami was revived on March 31, 2012, he returned as the voice of TOM. He is also the announcer for 7-Eleven's "Oh Thank Heaven" television and radio advertisements and partnered with Vic Mignogna in the series Real Fans of Genius (a parody of Anheuser-Busch's Real Men of Genius radio ad campaign).

In animation, he is the voice of Heatblast, Ghostfreak and Vilgax in the Ben 10 franchise, Starscream in Transformers: Prime, Count Vertigo in DC Showcase: Green Arrow and Young Justice, Red Skull, Beta Ray Bill and Wolverine in Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Amon in The Legend of Korra.

On June 5, 2012, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor, having 261 credited appearances as of May 10, 2012.[7][8]

Personal life

Blum married voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in 2017.[9] He has three sons from a prior relationship.[10] One of them, Brandon, is also an actor,[11] while another, Jeremy, is a teacher.[12]

Filmography

Main article: List of Steve Blum performances

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Important words from David Lucas". The Jazz Messengers: A viewer's guide to Cowboy Bebop. Retrieved February 11, 2021. David Lucas explains the reasons for being a separate identity from Steve Blum.((cite web)): CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  2. ^ @blumspew (August 31, 2020). "@XenogearsFei @ToonamiNews I'm Jewish. I've had my life threatened many times because of that. But most people who…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Blum, Steve [@blumspew] (April 28, 2017). "Wow everybody! Thanks for all the amazing BD wishes! Technically not till tomorrow, but now I get to celebrate twice! Love you all!!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 4, 2017 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Talking Toons With Rob Paulsen: Episode 53 with Guest: Steve Blum". Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen. August 10, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2020. Timestamps: (00:59:19) Blum states that he is 52.
  5. ^ Blum, Steve [@blumspew] (August 7, 2012). "Yes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Crystal Acids Steve Blum Page". Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Ransom, Ko (June 7, 2012). "Voice Actor Steven Blum Receives Guinness Record for Game Roles". Anime News Network.
  8. ^ "'Legend of Korra' Voice Actor Steve Blum Sets Guinness Record for Most Game VO Roles". MTV Geek. Viacom. June 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Series Finale Q & A with Dave Filoni & Cast". youtube.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Steve Blum – My Life of Dad". lifeofdad.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  11. ^ @blumspew (March 12, 2019). "Hey everybody! My son, Brandon Blum is a part of this wonderful production. Saw the stage read. It's hilarious, ins…" (Tweet). Retrieved October 19, 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ @blumspew (May 9, 2018). "My son Jeremy Blum chose to become a full time teacher and I know the educational ripples he's creating will affect…" (Tweet). Retrieved October 19, 2019 – via Twitter.

Books cited

Preceded bySam Riegel Voice of Starscream 2010–present Succeeded byCharlie Adler
Preceded byBrendan O'Brien English voice of Crash Bandicoot 2003 Succeeded byJess Harnell
Preceded byHugh Jackman Actor portrayed/voiced Wolverine 2008–present Succeeded byHugh Jackman