J. Michael Tatum

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J. Michael Tatum
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Tatum at the 2011 Otakon autograph session
Born John Michael Tatum
(1976-05-25) May 25, 1976 (age 42)
McKinney, Texas
Occupation Voice actor, ADR director, ADR script writer
Years active 2004–present

John Michael Tatum (born May 25, 1976 in McKinney, Texas) is an American voice actor, ADR director, and script writer at Funimation/OkraTron 5000 who provides voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series.

Biography[edit]

At the Florida Supercon 2015 panel, when he was asked what was his inspiration to go into voice acting, Tatum said that when he was young he had a speech impediment and his speech coach had him get involved in theater. As he was reciting and memorizing scripts, they noticed that his stuttering started to gradually disappear. He then got into drama and theater acting, and that voice acting is great in that it enables him to play more characters than on camera.[1]

In 2005, Tatum was discovered by Funimation ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in Samurai 7. Tatum has been cast in several notable roles, including Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan, Okabe Rintaro in Steins;Gate, Eneru in One Piece, and Rei Ryuugazaki in the English dub of Free! – Eternal Summer.

From January 2010 to January 2014, he hosted That Anime Show podcasts with friend and co-worker Terri Doty and ADR Engineer Stephen Hoff.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tatum is openly gay.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[3]
2005 Initial D Ryosuke Takahashi Funimation dub [4]
2005 Samurai 7 Rikichi CA
2006 Speed Grapher Katsuya Shirogane CA
2006 D.Gray-man Komui Lee CA
2006 Rumbling Hearts Kisho CA
2006 Trinity Blood Süleyman CA
2007 Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Jim Walsh CA
2007 Mushi-shi Taku CA
2007 School Rumble Hiroyoshi Asō CA
2007 Glass Fleet Various characters CA
2008 Shuffle! Masanori Takizawa, Yamaguchi, Male Student B CA
2008 Sasami: Magical Girls Club Amitav CA
2008 Soul Eater Giriko CA
2009 Spice and Wolf Kraft Lawrence CA[5]
2009 Romeo x Juliet William ADR Director [6][7]
2009 Baccano! Isaac Dian [8]
2010 Rin ~ Daughters of Mnemosyne Ihika [9]
2010 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Scar Replaced Dameon Clarke
Also played Scar in Premium Collection
[10][11]
2010 Ouran High School Host Club Kyoya Ootori [1][12]
2010 Dragon Ball Kai Zarbon, Guide CA
2010 Hetalia: Axis Powers France [13][14]
2010 Eden of the East Kazuomi Hirasawa [9][15]
2010 Corpse Princess Keisei Tagami ADR Director [15][16]
2010 Pokémon Tobias Tweet[17]
2011 Chaos;Head Kouzou [9]
2011 Hero Tales Shokaku [18]
2011 Birdy the Mighty: Decode Tuto [19]
2011–12,
2016
Black Butler series Sebastian Michaelis [20][21][22][23]
2011 One Piece Eneru Funimation dub [24][25]
2011 Chrome Shelled Regios Gorneo Luckens [26]
2011 Rideback Politician [27]
2012 .hack//Quantum Smith [28]
2012 Steins;Gate Rintaro Okabe ADR Script [1]
2012 Deadman Wonderland Nagi Kengamine Resume
2013 Toriko Jelly Boy [9]
2013 Future Diary Masumi Nishijima Lead Writer, Writer

[29]

2013 Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing Geeth, Rakesh [30]
2014 Space Dandy Dr. Gel [31]
2014–15 Kamisama Kiss series Tomoe [32][33]
2014 Date A Live series Kyōhei Kannazuki [34]
2014 Code:Breaker Masaomi Heike [35]
2014 Attack on Titan Erwin Smith ADR Script [36][37][38]
2015 Assassination Classroom Shiro ADR Script [39]
2015 Tokyo Ghoul series Shuu Tsukiyama Assistant ADR Director [40][41][42]
2015 Yurikuma Arashi Life Sexy [43]
2015 Tokyo Ravens Jin Ohtomo [44]
2015 D-Frag! Ataru Kawahara, Young Ataru [45]
2015 Blood Blockade Battlefront Steven A. Starphase [46]
2015 Nobunagun St. Germain [47]
2015 Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club series Rei Ryugazaki ADR Script [48][49][50][51]
2015 Daimidaler the Sound Robot Kazuo Matayoshi [52]
2016 Danganronpa: The Animation Jin Kirigiri ADR Writer, also Dangan Ronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy [53][54]
2016 Prince of Stride: Alternative Yūjirō Dan [55]
2016 Divine Gate Arthur [9]
2016 Dimension W Loser [56]
2016 Brothers Conflict Masaomi Asahina [57]
2016 My Hero Academia Tenya Īda [58]
2016 Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On Cryo [59]
2016 91 Days Tetsta Lagusa Ep. 1, also ADR script writer [60]
2016 Joker Game Jean Victoire [61]
2016 Trickster Ryo Inoue [62]
2016 Nanbaka Kiji Mitsuba [61]
2016 Show By Rock # Orion [63]
2016–present Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru series Souza Samonji [64]
2016 Drifters Butch Cassidy [65]
2016 Chaos Dragon Black Dragon [66]
2017 Saga of Tanya the Evil Erich Von Rerugen [59]
2017 ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Warbler Ep. 4 [59]
2017 Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas Burckhardt [67]
2017 Love Tyrant Moah [68]
2017 Alice & Zoroku Sawaki Ep. 1 [68]
2017 KADO - The Right Answer Narrator [68]
2017 Sakura Quest Noge [68]
2017 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Ioan Malcal [69]
2017 Samurai Warriors Nobuyuki Sanada [70]
2017 Black Clover Fuegoreon Vermillion [71]
2018 Pop Team Epic Pipimi Ep. 5b [72]
2018 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Paul von Oberstein [73]
2018 Steins;Gate 0 Rintaro Okabe [74]


Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[3]
2016 RWBY Klein Sieben Volume 4 [75]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[3]
2011 Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance Ryoji Kaji [9][76][77]
2011–12 Eden of the East films Kazuomi Hirasawa [9]
2011 Summer Wars Wabisuke Jinnouchi [78]
2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Regalyan D'Marcall Resume
2012 Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom Damon Resume
2013 Shakugan no Shana: The Movie Friagne [9]
2016 The Empire of Corpses Frederick Burnaby [79]
2016 Rurouni Kenshin trilogy Kanryu Takeda English dub of live-action film [80]
2017 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Acnologia [81]
2017 Shin Godzilla Hideki Akasaka Funimation dub [82]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source[3]
2010 Dragon Ball series Zarbon, Mira [9]
2012 Borderlands 2 Hodunk Bandit, Sir Hammerlock [9]
2014 Smite Hercules, Stargazer Anubis, Lord Slashington the III Fenrir [9]
2014 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Sir Hammerlock, Lost Legion Infantry #4, Powersuit Pro [83]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Finnegan, Erin (January 4, 2010). "Shelf Life - Sugar and Spice". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Funimation has done a nice job with the dub. Weirdly, though, Brina Palencia and J. Michael Tatum very carefully annunciate every word in the show. I couldn't tell if they were aping the super-articulate speech of the Japanese actors or what. It's not bad, it's just a little odd. The dub script is quite loyal to the subs. 
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  26. ^ Finnegan, Erin (April 4, 2011). "Shelf Life - Culture Club". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. I am frequently surprised while watching bad anime to hear dub actors who manage to deliver a convincing emotional performance. Perhaps they are able to suss out the characters' motivations in a way that I cannot. J. Michael Tatum in particular delivers a good manly crying scene as Gorneo. 
  27. ^ Finnegan, Erin (August 8, 2011). "Shelf Life - The RideBack Diaries". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. The dub didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed J. Michael Tatum as a deep voiced politician and Stephanie Young as his sultry sister 
  28. ^ ".hack//Quantum's English Dub Cast Announced". Anime News Network. December 15, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Funimation Reveals High School DxD, Future Diary Dub Casts". Anime News Network. May 25, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Funimation Reveals Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing's English Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. February 15, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Bones' Space Dandy Anime Debuts on January 4 With Ian Sinclair". Anime News Network. December 5, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Kamisama Kiss Shojo Anime's Trailer Previews English Dub". Anime News Network. December 9, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Funimation Unveils Kamisama Kiss Season 2's English Cast". Anime News Network. February 21, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
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  42. ^ Ekens, Gabriella (November 28, 2015). "Tokyo Ghoul BD+DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 30, 2017. Brina Palencia makes for a tough and expressive Touka, while J. Michael Tatum hams his best to catch up to Mamoru Miyano's Shuu 
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  77. ^ Finnegan, Erin. "Shelf Life - The 2.22nd Coming". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. J. Michael Tatum sounds like he was born to play Kaji. I found this dub far more tolerable than previous Eva dubs I've tried to watch, although I can't get over John Swasey as Gendou; his voice just isn't deep enough. 
  78. ^ Finnegan, Erin (February 28, 2011). "Shelf Life - (114) Minutes of Summer". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 2, 2016. Wabisuke, the black sheep of the family and a shades-of-gray villain, has been working on a shady project for the U.S. Defense Department. He's also the only iPhone user in the film (everyone else uses Japanese-looking phones). Wabisuke's complicated relationship with his family could be symbolic of Japan's relationship with the U.S. J. Michael Tatum has just the right sound as Wabisuke in the dub. 
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