Cartoons and video games employ a lot of voice actors. We’ve come a long way from a schizophrenic Mel Blanc and Engrish text boxes (okay, maybe not that far). And for every Nolan North, there are least five unsung heroes like Steven Blum.
To call him unsung is sort of a misnomer, however, as Blum has an extensive career in anime, American cartoons, and gaming. Anime geeks will know him as Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop and the effete snakeman Orochimaru in Naruto. Comic book nerds may recognize his Wolverine work. And gamers have heard him in everything from Valkyria Chronicles to Arkham Asylum to Halo 3 (guy does a mean Brute growl).
I’m not-so-secretly fascinated by voice acting, so it’s a pleasure to wish a bon anniversaire to one of the field’s most reliable and versatile contributors.