J. Michael Tatum’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroAmerican voice actor
Is Actor 
Voice actor 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 25 May 1976, McKinney
Age:44 years

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, and video games.


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; in reciting and memorizing, they noticed that his stuttering would 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.

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, and Eneru in One Piece. Recently, he was cast as the voice of Rei Ryuugazaki in the English dub of Free! – Eternal Summer.

From January 2010 to January 2014, John hosted That Anime Show with friend and co-worker Terri Doty and ADR Engineer Stephen Hoff. Numerous times, he has expressed his deep love for anime, Doctor Who, Vincent Price, and William Shakespeare.

Tatum is openly gay.



List of voice performances in anime
YearTitleRoleCrew role, notesSource
000000002005-05-10-00002005Burst AngelAdditional voices
000000002005-08-23-00002005Samurai 7Rikichi
000000002006-07-04-00002006Speed GrapherKatsuya Shirogane
000000002006-12-19-00002006Rumbling HeartsKisho
000000002007-03-09-00002007Beck: Mongolian Chop SquadJim Walsh
000000002007-08-21-00002007School RumbleHiroyoshi Asō
000000002007-10-16-00002007Glass FleetVarious characters
000000002008-02-26-00002008Shuffle!Masanori Takizawa, Yamaguchi, Male Student B
000000002008-08-12-00002008Sasami: Magical Girls ClubAmitav
000000002009-12-22-00002009Spice and WolfKraft Lawrence
000000002009-01-01-00002009Romeo x JulietWilliamADR Director
000000002009-01-01-00002009Baccano!Isaac Dian
000000002010-01-19-00002010Rin ~ Daughters of MnemosyneIhika
000000002010-02-14-00002010Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodScarReplaced Dameon Clarke
Also played Scar in Premium Collection
000000002010-03-30-00002010Ouran High School Host ClubKyoya Ootori
000000002010-05-18-00002010Dragon Ball KaiZarbon, Guide
000000002010-08-01-00002010Hetalia: Axis PowersFrance
000000002010-01-01-00002010Eden of the EastKazuomi Hirasawa
000000002010-01-01-00002010Corpse PrincessKeisei TagamiADR Director
000000002010-01-01-00002010Initial DRyosuke TakahashiFunimation dub
000000002011-01-01-00002011Hero TalesShokaku
000000002011-01-01-00002011Birdy the Mighty: DecodeTuto
Black Butler seriesSebastian Michaelis
000000002011-01-01-00002011One PieceEneruFunimation dub
000000002011-01-01-00002011Chrome Shelled RegiosGorneo Luckens
000000002012-01-01-00002012Steins;GateRintaro OkabeADR Script
000000002012-01-01-00002012Deadman WonderlandNagi Kengamine
000000002013-01-22-00002013TorikoJelly Boy
000000002013-01-01-00002013Future DiaryMasumi NishijimaLead Writer, Writer
000000002013-01-01-00002013Last Exile: Fam, the Silver WingGeeth, Rakesh
000000002014-01-05-00002014Space DandyDr. Gel
000000002014-02-11-00002014–15 Kamisama Kiss seriesTomoe
000000002014-06-10-00002014 Date A Live seriesKyōhei Kannazuki
000000002014-06-24-00002014Code:BreakerMasaomi Heike
000000002014-01-01-00002014Attack on TitanErwin SmithADR Script
000000002015-02-01-00002015Assassination Classroom !<–Shiro –>!ADR Script
000000002015-01-01-00002015 Tokyo Ghoul seriesShuu TsukiyamaAssistant ADR Director
000000002015-01-01-00002015Yurikuma ArashiLife Sexy
000000002015-01-01-00002015NobunagunSt. Germain
000000002015-01-01-00002015Tokyo RavensJin Ohtomo
000000002015-01-01-00002015Free! – Iwatobi Swim ClubRei RyugazakiADR Script
000000002015-01-01-00002015Blood Blockade BattlefrontSteven A. Starphase
000000002015-01-01-00002015D-Frag!Ataru Kawahara, Young Ataru
000000002015-01-01-00002015Daimidaler the Sound RobotMatayoshi
000000002015-01-01-00002015Danganronpa: The AnimationADR Writer
000000002016-02-09-00002016Prince of Stride: AlternativeYūjirō Dan
000000002016-02-12-00002016Divine GateArthur
000000002016-03-08-00002016Brothers ConflictMasaomi Asahina
000000002016-01-01-00002016The Empire of CorpsesFrederick Burnaby
000000002016-01-01-00002016My Hero AcademiaTenya Īda
000000002016-01-01-00002016Chaos DragonBlack Dragon


List of voice performances in animation
YearTitleRoleCrew role, notesSource
000000002016-10-22-00002016RWBYKlein SiebenVolume 4


List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
YearTitleRoleCrew role, notesSource
000000002006-09-12-00002006Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of ShamballaAdditional voices
000000002011-01-19-00002011Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) AdvanceRyoji Kaji
000000002011-01-01-00002011–12 Eden of the East filmsKazuomi Hirasawa
000000002011-01-01-00002011Summer WarsWabisuke Jinnouchi
000000002012-01-01-00002012Dragon Age: Dawn of the SeekerRegalyan D’Marcall
000000002012-01-01-00002012Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and ZekromDamon
000000002013-01-22-00002013Shakugan no Shana: The MovieFriagne
000000002016-11-01-00002016 Rurouni Kenshin trilogyKanryu TakedaEnglish dub of live-action film

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
YearTitleRoleCrew role, NotesSource
000000002012-09-18-00002012Borderlands 2Hodunk Bandit, Sir Hammerlock
000000002014-10-14-00002014Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!Sir Hammerlock, Lost Legion Infantry #4, Powersuit Pro