Rodger Bumpass

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Rodger Bumpass
Rodger Bumpass - Standing at Panel - Cropped.jpg
Born Rodger Albert Bumpass
(1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 63)
Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.
Other names Roger Bumpass
Education Little Rock Central High School
Alma mater Arkansas State University
Occupation Actor, voice actor, writer, producer
Years active 1977–present

Rodger Albert Bumpass (born November 20, 1951) is an American character actor and voice actor. He is best known for his long-running role as Squidward Tentacles on the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He voices many other characters on the show, including Dr. Gill Gilliam and various anchovies. He also voiced The Chief in the animated series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, and Mr. Besser, the school principal in the animated series The Kids from Room 402. Bumpass has many other credits in animated films, animated television series, and video games.

Early life[edit]

Bumpass was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on November 20, 1951. He attended Little Rock Central High School where he received his first training in theater. He attended Arkansas State University where he majored in radio–TV and minored in theater. He worked at the campus radio station and also at Jonesboro's Raycom Media owned ABC-affiliated television station, KAIT-TV, where he had multiple duties as announcer, film processor, cameraman, audio technician, and technical director.[1]

While at KAIT, he also wrote, produced, and performed in a late-night comedy program called Mid-Century Nonsense Festival Featuring Kumquat Theater.[2] He graduated from ASU in 1976, and when encouraged by an ASU professor to consider professional theater, he went to New York in June 1977.[1]

Career[edit]

Rodger Bumpass with fellow SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Bill Fagerbakke (the voice of Patrick Star)

In 1977 he won a role in the National Lampoon's music and comedy road show That's Not Funny, That's Sick and toured with them until 1978. That same year, he appeared in the TV special Disco Beaver from Outer Space for HBO. In 1979, Bumpass was awarded the leading role in a National Lampoon film to be called Jaws: 3 People: 0 in which he would have a love scene with Bo Derek. However, the film was canceled due to objections by the creators of the movie Jaws.[1] In 1980, Bumpass created the character of 'Fartman' to appear on the National Lampoon LP The White Album, which later inspired the Howard Stern character by the same name.[3]

Bumpass is best known to present-day viewers as the voice of Squidward Tentacles, Dr. Gill Gilliam and the anchovies on the Nickelodeon animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants.[4][5] He is also known for voicing The Chief from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, Dr. Light on Teen Titans, and Professor Membrane on Invader Zim.[1] Though he has been voicing and acting in films since the 60s, and had also appeared on stage through the mid 70s until the late 80s.[1][6][7] Bumpass has over 693 film credits, according to IMDb. In 2012, Bumpass received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his role as Squidward on Spongebob Squarepants.[citation needed]

Death hoax[edit]

Rodger Bumpass at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con

During August 2006, rumors were circulated that Bumpass died during heart surgery. His death was noted on IMDb and in the Arkansas State University alumni newsletter. Bumpass confirmed that reports of his death were untrue.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Voice roles[edit]

Live-action roles[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rodger Bumpass (1951–)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Reports of Death of Squidward's "Voice" Premature". KAIT. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Jim (1999). Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart (illustrated ed.). Ten Speed Press. p. 134. ISBN 1-58008-011-1. OCLC 9781580080118. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ Cavazos, Norma (August 23, 2001). "Television Q&A". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants". Boxoffice Prophets. November 19, 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ Drake, Sylvie (April 2, 1987). "LOW MOAN FARCE ALMOST NIMBLE BUMBLES IN `FOOTLIGHT FRENZY'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ Churnin, Nancy (September 19, 1989). "Old Globe Gets 24 Nominations From Critics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  8. ^ Gallagher, Brian (11 July 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia - MovieWeb.com". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Friday". St. Petersberg Times. August 26, 1981. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  10. ^ "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes". Ocala Star-Banner. June 12, 1984. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  11. ^ Bruckner, D. J. R. (May 25, 1986). "LAMPOON'S 'CLASS OF '86'". New York Times. paragraph 6. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 

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