J. Michael Tatum
Actor / ADR Director
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Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005's Samurai 7, Tatum's inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.
Other characters the man still can't believe he's had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, both God Eneru and Dalton in One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal stylings, much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he's sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature- length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Empire of Corpses, among many others. His videogame credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise, Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2, Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2, various playable characters from SMITE, and Kelvin from Battleborn.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn't enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate, Assassination Classroom and Dragon Ball Z Kai. In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at ThatAnimeShow.com.
Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the "J" stands for... Well, it stands for whatever you'd like it to.
Sci-fi Convention Guest Appearances
- ConnectiCon 2022 - July 14-17, 2022 in Hartford, CT 2021
- L.A. Comic Con 2021 - December 3-5, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA
- Fan Expo Dallas 2021 - September 17-19, 2021 in Dallas, TX
- MegaCon Orlando 2021 - August 12-15, 2021 in Orlando, FL 2020
SoonerCon 2020 - June 26-28, 2020 in Norman, OKConvention Cancelled Fan Expo Dallas 2020 - June 19-21, 2020 in Dallas, TXConvention Cancelled Fan Expo Dallas 2020 - March 27-29, 2020 in Dallas, TXConvention Postponed
- Comic Con Liverpool 2020 - March 6-8, 2020 in Liverpool, UK
- GalaxyCon Richmond 2020 - February 28 - March 1, 2020 in Richmond, VA 2019
- GalaxyCon Minneapolis 2019 - November 8-10, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN
- L.A. Comic Con 2019 - October 11-13, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA
- Indy PopCon 2019 - June 7-9, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN
- Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2019 - May 18-19, 2019 in Sheffield, UK
- South Texas Comic Con 2019 - April 26-28, 2019 in McAllen, TX
- Collective Con 2019 - April 19-21, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL
- CoastCon 2019 - March 8-10, 2019 in Biloxi, MS 2018
- Raleigh Supercon 2018 - July 27-29, 2018 in Raleigh, NC
- Metrocon 2018 - July 19-22, 2018 in Tampa, FL
- Fan World 2018 - July 6-8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, NY
- CyPhaCon 2018 - April 6-8, 2018 in Lake Charles, LA 2017
- MechaCon 2017 - July 28-30, 2017 in New Orleans, LA
- Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2017 - June 3-4, 2017 in South Yorkshire, UK
- Kaizoku-Con 2017 - April 7-9, 2017 in Cork, Ireland 2016
- Marvelous Nerd Year's Eve 2016 - December 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017 in Dallas, TX
- GlitchCon 2016 - July 29-31, 2016 in Springdale, AR 2015
- Florida Supercon 2015 - June 25-28, 2015 in Miami, FL 2014
- Kaizokucon 2014 - March 28-30, 2014 in Cork, Ireland
- Evil Con 2014 - January 3-5, 2014 in Tampa, FL 2013
- Florida Supercon 2013 - July 4-7, 2013 in Miami, FL 2012
- FanExpo Canada 2012 - August 23-26, 2012 in Toronto, ON, Canada
- Florida Supercon 2012 - June 29 - July 2, 2012 in Miami, FL 2011
- PortConMaine 2011 - June 23-26, 2011 in South Portland, ME
29 confirmed guest appearances
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