J. Michael Tatum
Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, this reclusive actor/writer spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab in the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.
Cast as Rikichi in 2004’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has seen his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Ootori in Ouran High School Host Club; suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise; Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss; and the equally maniacal/vulnerable Rintarou Okarin from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Tenya Iida.
Other characters Tatum has had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in xxxHolic; Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers; Isaac Dian in Baccano!; both 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; Kraft Lawrence in Spice and Wolf; Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai; and Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. His vocal “stylings,” to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, 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; the Aquarion franchise; Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle; Shuffle!; Shigurui: Death Frenzy; Glass Fleet; Mushi-Shi; and Soul Eater.
He’s been in the feature-length films Vexille, Summer Wars, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and The Empire of Corpses, among many others. His video game credits include Sir Hammerlock from the Borderlands franchise; Julius Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2; Mr. Foster from Killing Floor 2; Kelvin and Pendles from Battleborn; and 15 playable characters from Smite.
And as if being involved with so many awesome shows weren’t enough, in late 2007 he tempted fate by branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting. 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). His writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club; Heroic Age; Initial D; Blassreiter; Ga-Rei-Zero; Hero Tales; The Legend of the Legendary Heroes; Fractale; Deadman Wonderland; Steins;Gate; Assassination Classroom; Dragon Ball Z Kai; and Attack on Titan.
Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. He also co-hosts Ghoul Intentions, a spooky podcast dedicated to creeping you out. And before you ask what the “J” stands for … Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.
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