Who is Taliesin Jaffe?
Taliesin Axelrod Jaffe is an American child actor turned voice-over artist. He is also a renowned ADR director and scriptwriter. A California native, Jaffe made his screen debut when he was six years old, in the 1983 comedy-drama ‘Mr. Mom’. He subsequently played a series of characters in TV projects and films before landing the role of Kenny Granger in the syndicated show ‘She's the Sheriff’. His first project as a voice actor was the TV miniseries ‘3x3 Eyes’. In the ensuing years, he has voiced a number of anime characters, including Preta Ghoul in ‘Black Cat’, Aaron Terzieff in ‘Kidô senshi Gandamu Yunikôn: Yunikôn no hi’, Blanka in ‘Street Fighter X Tekken Vita’, Taro Kurosaki in the ‘Danganronpa 3’ series, and Kayden in ‘Sagas of Sundry’. At present, he is part of the main cast of the American web series ‘Critical Role.’ Jaffe has served as the head writer on anime shows like ‘Amazing Nurse Nanako’, ‘Romeo x Juliet’, and ‘Chaotic Awesome’. In 2017, Jaffe revealed to the public that he is bisexual.
Acting & Voice-Over Career
Jaffe began his career as a child actor in Stan Dragoti’s comedy-drama film ‘Mr. Mom’ (1983). He played the middle child, Kenny, of Caroline (Teri Garr) and Jack Butler (Michael Keaton). The film garnered mixed to positive reviews from the critics and grossed $64 million at the domestic box office. Jaffe made his TV debut a year later, in a season five episode of the NBC sitcom ‘The Facts of Life’. In 1985, he worked with the likes of Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jason Presson in the adventure comedy film ‘Explorers’. During this period, Jaffe was a highly sought-after child actor, appearing in both TV projects and films.
Between 1987 and 1989, he played Kenny Granger in 45 episodes of ‘She’s the Sheriff’. His first voice-over work was in the television miniseries ‘3x3 Eyes’, portraying the frog demon. He lent his voice to Fei-Oh in the sequel, ‘3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon’. In 1997, he provided the voice for a car salesman and the lead robber in Shinichiro Kimura’s ‘Burn-Up Excess’. He voiced a character credited simply as the Doctor in the 1999 miniseries ‘Amazing Nurse Nanako’. In 2001, he voiced Mori Koji in ‘I My Me! Strawberry Eggs’. Jaffe lent his voice to several characters in ‘Hellsing’, which was also released in 2001. In 2003, he voiced three different characters in that many episodes of ‘R.O.D the TV’. Between 2003 and 2004, he was the voice actor portraying Takemi in ‘Di Gi Charat Nyo’.
Jaffe provided the voice for Preta Ghoul in ‘Black Cat’ between 2005 and 2006, Aaron Terzieff in ‘Kidô senshi Gandamu Yunikôn: Yunikôn no hi’ between 2011 and 2012, Blanka in ‘Street Fighter X Tekken Vita’ in 2012, Taro Kurosaki in the ‘Danganronpa 3’ series, and Kayden in ‘Sagas of Sundry’ in 2017. Jaffe has also been part of the cast of numerous video games, including ‘World of Warcraft’ (2004), ‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ (2015), ‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ (2015), and ‘Spider-Man’ (2018).
Over the course of his career as a voice-over artist, Jaffe has been employed to supply additional voices in a number of anime shows, including ‘Melody of Oblivion’ (2004), ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ (2004), ‘Ergo Proxy’(2006), ‘School Rumble’ (2006), ‘ Ouran High School Host Club’ (2006), ‘Lord Marksman and Vanadis‘ (2014), ‘Castle Town Dandelion’ (2015), ‘Aquarion Logos’ (2015), and ‘Prince of Stride: Alternative’ (2016).
In 2018, he played a character named Dave in the live-action fantasy horror film ‘House of Demons’. Since 2015, he has been a series regular on ‘Critical Role’, a live weekly show in which a group of professional voice-over artists get together to play ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’
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Writing & Directing
Taliesin Jaffe served as the head writer on the dubbed version of direct-to-video anime film ‘Spirit of Wonder: China-san no yûutsu’, which was released in 1992. Four years later, he worked on another direct-to-video anime film, ‘Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko’. He wrote the screenplay of the English version of ‘Amazing Nurse Nanako’ (1999) and was the head writer of anime shows like ‘Nazca’ (1998), ‘Hellsing’ (2001-02), ‘R.O.D the TV’ (2003-04), ‘Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad’ (2004-05), ‘Monster’ (2004-05), ‘Hell Girl’ (2005-06), ‘Romeo x Juliet’ (2007), ‘Hellsing Ultimate’ (2006-08), and ‘Chaotic Awesome’ (2014)
His first venture as a voice director was the 2008 video game ‘Street Fighter IV’. In 2015, he debuted as a director with the anime film ‘Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven’.
Family & Personal Life
Jaffe was born on January 19, 1977, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His mother is actress Nina Axelrod, known for her performances in films like ‘Roller Boogie’ (1979), ‘Motel Hell’ (1980), ‘Time Walker’ (1982), ‘Cross Country’ (1983), and ‘Critters 3’ (1991).
In 2017, Jaffe came out as bisexual on ‘The Wednesday Club’, a show on comics that he hosts with Amy Dallen and Matt Key. During a special LGBTQ+ episode, Dallen revealed to their audience that she is “the B in LGBTQ.” In response, Jaffe asked her if they were really doing this. She replied that she was doing it, and he eventually said, “I am too. Same.”