Who is Taliesin Jaffe?
Taliesin Axelrod Jaffe was born on January 19, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a voice actor, actor and screenwriter, best known as a main cast member of the online role-playing series “Critical Role”, in which several voice actors play together the tabletop game “Dungeons & Dragons”. He has also worked on several English dubs of popular anime projects.
The wealth of Taliesin Jaffe
As of the beginning of 2020, Taliesin Jaffe’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry. His work with “Critical Role” has produced countless opportunities and consistent work. That coupled with his voice acting projects has helped build his wealth.
Taliesin is the son of actress Nina Axelrod, who is known for appearing in movies and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s. Although she did not become a prominent star as an actress, she later became a well-known drama teacher and casting director. Some of her most famous projects as an actress are ‘Time Walker’, ‘Roller Boogie’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Motel Hell’.
Taliesin grew up in a family heavily involved in the entertainment industry. The most prominent member of his family was George Axelrod; he was a screenwriter, director, producer and playwright, who rose to fame with his creation “The Seven Year Itch”, a three-act play that became popular in the 1950s.
The play was later made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. Other notable projects he worked on during his career include ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, both based on popular novels.
Career as a voice actor
Following in his mother’s footsteps, Jaffe first entered the acting world in the 1980s, with his film debut in ‘Mr. Mom” starring Michael Keaton and Teri Garr. The film tells the story of an unemployed man who becomes a stay-at-home dad and tries to figure out how to provide for his children when his wife finds success in her career.
He had mostly small roles over the next few years, with some of his projects including “St. Elsewhere”, “Amazing Stories” and “The Facts of Life”.
His most notable live-action role during his childhood would be in the TV sitcom “She’s the Sheriff” starring Suzanne Somers. Although the show ran for a few years, it was marred by negative reviews, with some publications calling it one of the worst shows of all time. In the 1990s, he discovered voice acting work and began doing so with several English-dubbed Japanese anime. Some of his earliest works include “Burn-Up Excess”, “Di Gi Charat” and “3×3 Eyes”.
In the 2000s, he started to become more of a mainstay in the voice acting world and started taking on more notable projects as well.
Anime and video games
In the 2000s, Taliesin started doing more mainstream anime projects, including voicing the English dub of “Fullmetal Alchemist”, which many consider to be one of the best anime series of all time, and which has won numerous awards during its run, especially in Japan. He also worked on the anime “Hellsing”, and later on its sequel “Hellsing Ultimate”. He went on to do both notable and lesser known anime, voicing the character of Aaron Terzieff in “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
He is also the voice of Britain in “Hetalia: The World Twinkle – sometimes credited as Taliesin Axelrod in his works.
While working on anime, he also became a mainstay in the video game industry, his first project being “Suikoden IV” and “Suikoden V”, though he was not credited for his work. He then joined Blizzard and voiced Highlord Darion Mograine in “World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King”. More notable video game projects would come his way, such as “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn” which portrays Thancred. He also provided voices for “Final Fantasy XV”, “Tales of Berseria”, “Injustice 2”, and more recently “Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire”.
In 2015, Jaffe’s fame increased significantly when he became one of the cast members of the web series “Important role”. In the show, along with other voice actors, he plays an ongoing campaign of “Dungeons and Dragons”, led by Dungeon Master (DM) and voice actor Matt Mercer. The show has become very popular and is credited with helping bring “Dungeons and Dragons” to a more mainstream audience. It is known for the voice actors’ capable ability to portray their characters, while many of its fans also appreciate Matt Mercer’s DM skill, with some even awarding him the title of the best Dungeon Master in the world.
Mercer has been responsible for creating the entire storyline, improvising based on character decisions, and voicing many of the personalities encountered by the other cast members.
During the first season, Jaffe played the role of Percival Fredrickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III of Percy. The show featured part of adventurers, Vox Machina, who go on an adventure in the continent of Exandria. The show was initially a continuation of a home campaign they played. The first campaign ended in 2018 and they took a one-year break before returning for another second campaign with new characters. He played the role of Mollymauk Tealeaf in the second campaign until the character’s demise; he then switched to a new character, Caduceus Clay.
Taliesin is single, though he’s not the type to talk about past or current romantic relationships. In 2017, he came out as bisexual to the public, and following that revelation, some of his Dungeons & Dragons characters have also reflected his preference for both genders. During his youth, he leaned more towards the goth look and lifestyle, and some influence from that remains, though he is best known for his unusual hairstyles during “Critical Role” live streams. The group recently found success on its own, divorce from their former partner, Geek and Sundry, to create a new studio.