Bang: Steve Blum By Spike Spiegel

Bang: Steve Blum By Spike Spiegel

Listen up, cause I’m only gonna say this once. There’s a name that echoes through the canyons of the voice acting world like a gunshot: Steve Blum. You might know him as yours truly, Spike Spiegel, from a little show called Cowboy Bebop. But that’s just the tip of the asteroid, my friends. This guy’s got a voice deeper than the gravity well of Jupiter and a list of roles longer than the Bebop’s overdue repair bills. Born way back in 1960 in sunny Santa Monica, California, Blum stumbled into voice acting like a cowboy in a saloon shootout – and the rest is history.

Early Life and Career

Now, Blum didn’t exactly plan on becoming a voice actor. It was more like fate dealt him a wild card from the bottom of the deck. As he puts it, “I never intended to be a voice actor. It kind of fell into my lap, and I’m so grateful it did” (TV Insider). Guess sometimes life takes you on a detour and drops you off in a whole new solar system.

Iconic Roles and Contributions

When it comes to iconic roles, Blum’s got a bounty on his head the size of the Andromeda galaxy. He’s been everything from a space cowboy to a mutant with an attitude. Check out some of his greatest hits:

  • Yours truly, Spike Spiegel, in Cowboy Bebop (IMDb) – the role that started it all
  • Wolverine in more X-Men shows than you can shake an adamantium claw at (Behind the Voice Actors)
  • Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels (IMDb) – a Lasat with a heart of gold and a temper to match
  • Starscream in Transformers: Prime (IMDb) – the backstabbing Decepticon we all love to hate
  • Amon in The Legend of Korra (IMDb) – a revolutionary with a mysterious mask and a serious grudge

Transformers Rescue Bots and Working with DC Douglas

But Blum’s not just about the big bad bots. He’s also got a soft spot for the little guys, like Heatwave in Transformers: Rescue Bots. And who was right there beside him, fighting the good fight? None other than DC Douglas as Chase.Β (Behind the Voice Actors).

Video Games and Record-Setting Achievements

But wait, there’s more! Blum’s also a big shot in the video game universe. He’s lent his pipes to heavy hitters like Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, and Star Wars: Squadrons. In fact, he’s got a Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor, with over 300 credited appearances as of 2012 (Wikipedia). That’s more games than I’ve got woolongs in my pocket, and that’s saying something.

Personal Life and Legacy

On the personal front, Blum’s living the dream. In 2017, he tied the knot with fellow voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and moved to Hawaii. Between the two of them, they’re like the Bonnie and Clyde of voice acting, taking on the world one project at a time. And get this – Blum’s even got a mini-me following in his footsteps. His son Brandon is an actor too (Wikipedia). Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the voice acting tree.

Quotes from Steve Blum

Over the years, Blum’s dropped some serious wisdom about his craft. Here are a few gems straight from the cowboy’s mouth:

“I never intended to be a voice actor. It kind of fell into my lap, and I’m so grateful it did.” (TV Insider)

“I feel very fortunate because I love what I do for a living. Not many people can say that.” (Anime Herald)

The End, Again

So there you have it, folks. The legend of Steve Blum, the voice that launched a thousand ships (and giant robots, and mutants, and space cowboys). From his humble beginnings to his out-of-this-world achievements, Blum’s journey is the stuff of voice acting legend. And with a legion of fans spanning the galaxy, it’s clear that his legacy will live on long after the credits roll. See you space cowboy…