|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Born|| Steven Jay Blum|
April 28, 1960
Santa Monica, California
|Characters played||Wolverine, Beetle, Dog, Guy #2, Teacher, Wolverine, Wolverine, Vanisher, Vindaloo, Berzerker, Red Skull, Beta Ray Bill, Dell Rusk, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Green Goblin, Dilbert Trilby, Chameleon, Homunculi, Seymour O'Reilly, Blackie Gaxton, Matthew Besnick, Wolverine, Abomination, Heimdall, Pyro, Thanos, Fireman Bratton, Skrull Con Man, Zabu, Redwing, Dro'ge, Additional Voices|
Steven Jay Blum (born April 28, 1960) is an American voice actor. Though he is often credited as Steve Blum he prefers Steven. He plays a wide variety of characters for Marvel such as in Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Anime: X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Super Hero Squad Show, Ultimate Avengers, and The Invincible Iron Man in addition to multiple video games. He is most widely known for his numerous portrayals of the X-Man Wolverine.
He has also been credited as Stephen Jay Blum, Steven J. Blum, and Steven Jay. He has also used the pseudonyms David Lucas, Richard Cardona, Brandon Jeremy, Andrew Watton, Daniel Andrews, and Roger Canfield.
Steven Blum was born on April 28, 1960 in Santa Monica, CA. He has multiple sons.
Blum has done several different jobs and loves voice acting the most. He has said he has done nearly "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." He likes meeting new people each new day, though he spends a lot of time in the car going from studio to studio. He made himself a studio in his home as that is what he does the most for his job. He doesn't enjoy the paperwork involved or the politics.
He describes voice acting has having a circus in his head and needing to let them out once in a while so they don't tear down the tent. He says that each voice is a different aspect of him and that he learns something about himself with each new character. He doesn't "psyche himself up" or analyze the character as he feels it loses the essence.
According to his website, he can write ADR scripts, voice dialects, do creature voices, able to do multi-character voicing, looping, narration, promos, trailers, classic cartoon voices, sing, narrate books on tape, play the guitar, hand percussion, write songs, and take directions.
He is currently represented by Arlene Thornton and Associates in Studio City, CA.
In 2004, he started his long standing relationship voicing for Marvel Entertainment as Wolverine and Omega Red in X-Men Legends and its sequel X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. Next he would reprise his role as Wolverine in addition to playing Venom, Rhino, Heimdall, and A.I.M. troopers in Legend's semi-sequel Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. He once again returned to Wolverine for the Spider-Man: Web of Shadows game. He once again played Wolverine in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. His most recent video game appearance as Wolverine are in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Deadpool, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
Blum has played characters in many of Marvel's video game tie-ins to their films. He played Bullseye, Matt Murdock, and various voices in The Punisher along with Fred Tatasciore and Nolan North. In 2006 he played Jason Stryker and additional voices in X-Men: The Official Game. In the video game tie-in to the Ghost Rider film. Blum voiced Vengeance. In the Spider-Man 3 video game he played Rhino and cops. He would play Wade Wilson and Senator Kelly in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game. He would voice S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Iron Man 2 game. For Thor: God of Thunder he played Mangog and Ulik. In The Amazing Spider-Man he played main villain Lizard.
His first job working for Marvel Animation was doing additional voices in Ultimate Avengers. In 2009, Blum would lead the cast in Wolverine and the X-Men as Wolverine. This began the Christopher Yost Animated Universe. Blum's casting would take him through 2009's Hulk vs Wolverine and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. On Wolverine and the X-Men he would also play Vanisher, Vindaloo, Berzerker, and various additional voices. He appeared in a cameo as Logan in "Meet Captain America" in addition to playing Red Skull and gamma monsters.
Though uncredited, he played a party guest in The Invincible Iron Man.
On The Spectacular Spider-Man Blum would play main villain Green Goblin. He would also play a Dilbert Trilby, Chameleon, Homunculi, Seymour O'Reilly, Blackie Gaxton, Matthew Besnick, a punk, and a spectator.
He would once again play Wolverine on The Super Hero Squad Show and the first video game and The Infinity Gauntlet in addition to Abomination, Heimdall, Pyro, Thanos, Fireman Bratton, a Skrull con man, Zabu, Redwing, Dro'ge, a pteranodon, a clown, and a construction worker.
In Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Blum would play off of Christopher Daniel Barnes and Dan Gilvezan as the voice of Hobgoblin 2099, Noir Vulture, Silvermane 2099, and Vulture 2099. He played Anti-Venom in the loose sequel Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
Wolverine is definitely deeper and angrier than his normal voice. He says he is normally a nice guy. Steven Blum enjoyed his work on Hulk vs Wolverine as he was allowed to play the darker side of Wolverine than in the other instances of voicing the character.
He loved superheroes such as Wolverine as a kid because he wasn't the usual "hand of the hips" virtuous kind and liked that he was flawed with issues. He realized that he agreed with Logan's anti-establishment mentality and not afraid to be honest with his emotions. He was also drawn to the idea that a man who could heal from any physical injury could be so hurt mentally and spiritually.
He has appeared numerous times in the Call of Duty franchise, having a staring role in the first one. He was actually staring in the first Gears of War game before being replaced by fellow The Spectacular Spider-Man actor John DiMaggio.
He will play a Bounty Hunter in the game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
He had a staring role on Megas XLR. Blum played Yakky Doodle and Clamhead on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. He played Fuz-Zs on Loonatics Unleashed. He worked with Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steve Seagle on Ben 10. He voiced Duke, Roadblock, Wild Bill, Ripcord, Zartan, Doc, and others on G.I. Joe: Resolute.
For Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic he played Lucifer.
Though Blum has voiced many anime roles he is not a fan. He simply likes animation in general.
Blum's first role came in 1981 in Kidô senshi Gandamu I playing Char Aznable under the name David Lucas. He reprised the role in 1982 in Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space.
In the Digimon franchise Blum played Flamedramon, Raidramon, Magnamon, BlackWarGreymon, Guilmon, Mitsuo Yamaki, Kenta Kitagawa, J. P. Shibayama, Beetlemon, MetalKabuterimon, Falcomon, Poromon, Flamedramon, Raidramon, and Magnamon.
For Final Fantasy VII Advent Children he voiced Vincent Valentine.
Blum's first film role was the Canadian made-for-television movie Countdown to Looking Glass playing Marty Schindler.
Blum has done work for a variety of different television commercials. He's done voice overs for 7-11, the Oregon State Lottery, Fountain Tires, Ruby Tuesday, Cash4Gold, Deluxe, Dominos, Wamu Bank, Universal Studios, Kellog’s, Geico, Dodge, Drano, Hefty, Zicam, New Holland, US Cellular, Taco Bell, IHOP, Popsicle, Washington Apples, Ameriquest, Jiffy Lube, Budweiser, Ace Hardware, Coinstar, Jack in the Box, Hot Wheels, Knotts Berry Farm, Power Rangers, the Transformers toys line, PlayStation 2, and others.