Steven Jay Blum (born April 28, 1965) is an American voice actor of anime and video games and Former Saban member, known for his distinctive deep voice. Among his credits include the voice of Spike Spiegel in the anime show Cowboy Bebop and Mugen in Samurai Champloo, He voiced Roger Smith from The Big O, Orochimaru and Zabuza in the Naruto anime, X-Men's Wolverine in numerous games, the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, the animated movie Hulk Vs, The Super Hero Squad Show and Marvel Anime: X-Men. He also provided the video game voice of Jack Cayman, the main character of MadWorld, Tank Dempsey, the comic relief of Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie modes, Professor Galvez in Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, and Grayson Hunt, the main protagonist of Bulletstorm and Gorim, Oghren, and First Enchanter Irving in the 2009 video game Dragon Age: Origins.
Often the voice of comic book characters in video games and television
Is the voice of Tom, the announcer of Cartoon Network's Toonami.
Best known for his voicework of men with deep voices in animes and video games.
Considered the king of anime.
Is the second and the last voice actor to voice Canaan in the Xenosaga video game series. Beng Spies was the first voice actor to voice Canaan.
His favorite voice acting role is Spike Spiegel from the popular anime series "Cowboy Bebop".
He is the voice of Vincent Valentine for the dub cast of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
He is not a huge fan of anime, but he does respect it and likes animation in general.
His last name Blum is pronounced like "Bloom".
Is the voice of Wolverine in the video game, "X-men Legends".
His alias 'Brandon Jeremy' are also the names of his two sons.
Not to be confused for another Steven Blum, who is mainly involved in crew work in television shows, such as the US version of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'.
Cites that his favorite version of Wolverine he's played is from the "Hulk Vs." movie, due to "Wolverine getting to be as feral as he is in the comics".
He is the voice of Orochimaru in the English version of the anime "Naruto".
Personal Quotes (4)
"The character was defined for me from the first episode. He's introduced as this badass, smarmy and sarcastic, who doesn't give a crap about anything. But he also exhibits tidbits of vulnerability. In "Asteroid Blues" you see traces of his vulnerability in his interaction with Maria - that he could actually have feelings for somebody else. That made him unfold for me immediately as a multi-dimensional character. Prior to this I'd been used to playing monsters and, occasionally, heroes and that kind of thing. But never anything with any depth. This was something I could actually act." - On his character in 'Cowboy Bebop,' Spike Spiegel.
The relationships between the characters were amazing, and we've actually forged real-life friendships as a result of working in the same studio. I think we all felt this show was something special. Very unusual for a medium where we do our parts individually! Voicing Spike was a benchmark in my career in a lot of ways. He fulfilled some fantasies of being the badass, but with that cool, smoking-gun way about him I always aspired to have. I guess there's something in each of my characters that reflect a piece of me in some way, but Spike allowed me to express the most depth and inner torment. Very complicated soul, very subtle and challenging to voice.
Bob Bergen and Jack Angel helped me to get in the big doors... I contacted them through a mutual fan, actually, and just to get replies from them in the form of an email was exciting... I think I actually giggled like a schoolgirl. That was huge, to have the ears of these voice gods helping me out with my demo. Every day I get to meet and work with my heroes - people like Frank Welker and more recently Dee Baker - the voices of just about every creature in animation. I've been such a big fan since I was a little kid. I'd do the work for nothing, just for the privilege to watch them work...
I worked some pretty awful jobs through the years. Everything from servicing fire extinguishers in the gutters of downtown LA to taking my boss's dogs to be de-skunked and living with the smell in my truck for months! There's a part of me that misses the civilian life, but I don't miss sitting in an office every day. That was something I did for 15 years. For the most part, I have the best job in the whole world. I usually go to several studios in a day. I have a home recording booth, and sometimes I'll do auditions from there - which is nice because I can save myself countless hours of driving - and do auditions in my underwear at three o'clock in the morning. I'm grateful every single day.