Joel Heyman

American actor (born 1971)

Joel Heyman
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Joel Heyman at PAX Prime 2012
Joel Pearce Heyman

(1971-09-16) September 16, 1971 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin (BFA)
OccupationFilm producer, writer, actor
Years active1997–present
EmployerRooster Teeth (2003–2019)

Joel Pearce Heyman (born September 16, 1971) is an American actor, best known for voicing Michael J. Caboose in the Rooster Teeth web series Red vs. Blue from 2003 until 2020. He co-founded Rooster Teeth with Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola and has appeared in their other projects, including The Strangerhood (2004–2006, 2015), The Gauntlet (2012) and RWBY (2013–2020).


Heyman's credited roles include Private Michael J. Caboose and O'Malley in the popular Rooster Teeth web series Red vs. Blue, Wade in The Strangerhood and Bartholomew Oobleck in RWBY. In addition to his involvement in machinima, he starred in The Schedule, a live-action film written and directed by Burnie Burns, the creator of Red vs. Blue, and has also appeared on shows such as Friends, Angel, The Inside and Alias. He has reprised his Red vs. Blue role as a Blue Prison Guard in the G4 show Code Monkeys and had a minor role in Halo 3 as a UNSC Marine. He was also a recurring member of The Rooster Teeth Podcast (previously The Drunk Tank) and hosted a series of Rooster Teeth gaming videos called How To, where he and fellow employee Adam Ellis play various video games while under the effects of alcohol. He had a cameo role in the film Lazer Team, playing a news reporter.

On June 1, 2020, Joel replied to a user on Twitter that he had been "laid off" by Rooster Teeth for personal reasons with the company.[1][2]

Personal life

Heyman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama production.[3] He has recently moved back to Los Angeles, California, where he lived during the first season of Red vs. Blue.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Schedule Jacob
2001 The Quickie Bartender
2002 Simone Male
2007 Asylum Craig
2015 Lazer Team Reporter
2017 Lazer Team 2 Reporter


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Friends Guy on Plane, Guy Watching Game 2 episodes
2000 Angel Vampire in Rug Episode: "Blind Date"
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise Crewman 2 episodes
2005 The Inside Paramedic #2 Episode: "Aidan"
2006 Criminal Minds Man on the Street, Detective #1 2 episodes
2007 Code Monkeys Head Guard (voice) Episode: "Super Prison Breakout"
2021 9-1-1: Lone Star 911 Operator Joel


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2020 Red vs. Blue Caboose, O'Malley (voices) Also producer
2004–2006, 2015 The Strangerhood Wade (voice)
2009 Captain Dynamic Himself Miniseries
2009–2020 Rooster Teeth Shorts Himself
2012–2013 The Gauntlet Himself
2013 Video Game High School Board Member Episode: "Welcome to Varsity"
2013–2020 RWBY Bartholomew Oobleck (voice)
2016 Immersion Game Over (voice) Episode: "Metal Gear Solid in Real Life"
2016–2020 Day 5 Bill
2016 Crunch Time Man in Tux Episode: "The Party of the Century"
2017 Eleven Little Roosters Joel Joelle
2017–2018 RWBY Chibi Bartholomew Oobleck [4]

Video games

Year Title Role
2007 Halo 3 Additional Voices
2012 Halo 4 Additional Voices


  1. ^ Heyman, Joel [@JoelHeyman] (June 2, 2020). "I was "laid off" after making 10s of millions (for others). When I started I had no healthcare, 401k or salary. Worked harder than what anyone can know. I basically stopped coming in, after a thing, I have my reasons for that. But, it's a long deal" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 2, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Here's Why Some Think 'Rooster Teeth' Co-Founder Joel Heyman Was Fired". Distractify. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  3. ^ Minnie, Jessie (October 2017). "Rooster Teeth Founders Start as Longhorns". Verge Campus Media. Three of the five founders: Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, and Joel Heyman, had their beginnings on our own University of Texas campus. Burns was studying for a B.A. in computer science, Hullum for a B.S. in film, and Heyman for a B.F.A in drama production.
  4. ^ "Episode 1 - Road Trip". Rooster Teeth. January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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