Bumpass at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
November 20, 1951
Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.
|Other names||Roger Bumpass|
|Alma mater||Arkansas State University|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer|
|Known for||Squidward Tentacles (voice)|
|Notable work||SpongeBob SquarePants|
Rodger Bumpass (born November 20, 1951) is an American actor, writer and producer. 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. Forrest 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.
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.
While at KAIT, he also wrote, produced, and performed in a late-night comedy program called Mid-Century Nonsense Festival Featuring Kumquat Theater. He graduated from A-State in 1976, and when encouraged by an A-State professor to consider professional theater, he went to New York in June 1977.
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 cast as 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. 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.
Bumpass is best known to present-day viewers as the voice of Squidward Tentacles and various incidental characters on the Nickelodeon animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants. 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. 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. 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.
- Heavy Metal (1981) (Film) - Hannover Fiste
- Alvin & the Chipmunks (13 episodes, 1984) (TV) - Additional voices
- The Jetsons (1 episode, 1985) (TV) - Additional voices
- Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987) (TV)
- Ring Raiders (1989) (TV)
- The Real Ghostbusters (12 episodes, 1989–1991) (TV) - Louis Tully
- TaleSpin (1990) (TV)
- Tiny Toon Adventures (1991) (TV)
- The Toxic Crusaders (1991) (TV)
- Petal to the Metal (1992)
- Kurenai no buta (1992)
- Raw Toonage (12 episodes, 1992) (TV)
- Problem Child (1993) (TV)
- Batman: The Animated Series (1993) (TV)
- Bonkers (3 episodes, 1993) (TV)
- Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994) (TV)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1994)
- Timon and Pumbaa (1995) (TV) - Savage Lion
- Theodore Rex (1995)
- Quack Pack (1996) (TV) - Countdown Voice
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) - Additional voices
- Hercules (1997) - Man pointing at Young Hercules
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997) (TV)
- Quest for Camelot (1998) - Additional voices
- A Bug's Life (1998)- Drunk Mosquito
- Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) - Additional voices
- The Angry Beavers (1998) (TV)
- CatDog (1998) - Pig (CatDogPig)
- Antz (1998) - Additional voices (uncredited)
- Toy Story 2 (1999) - Additional voices
- The Kids from Room 402 (1999) (TV)
- The Iron Giant (1999) - Additional voices
- Tarzan (1999) - Elephant #2
- SpongeBob SquarePants (238 episodes, 1999–present) - Squidward Tentacles, various
- Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost (1999) - Perkins
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (1999) Dr. Octopus
- The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - Additional voices
- Batman Beyond (2000) (TV)
- Sacrifice (2000) - Gammel
- Spirited Away (2001) - Additional voices
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) (voice) - Additional voices
- Osmosis Jones (2001) - Announcer for Nerve News Network
- Time Squad (2001) (TV)
- Invader ZIM (17 episodes, 2001–2006) - Professor Membrane
- Treasure Planet (2002) (voice) - Additional voices
- Lilo & Stitch (2002) (voice) - Additional voices
- 3-South (2002) (TV)
- Brother Bear (2003) - Additional voices
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (2003) - Inventor and the Unknown Thief
- ChalkZone (9 episodes, 2003–2004) - Biclops
- Teen Titans (3 episodes, 2003–2005) - Doctor Light
- Shrek 2 (2004) (ADR group)
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) - Squidward Tentacles
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2005) - Steve
- Cars (2006) - Wide Chick Pity
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) - Additional voices
- Yin Yang Yo! (2 episodes, 2007–2008) - The Lesson
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007)
- Random! Cartoons (2008)
- Kung Fu Magoo (2010) - General Smith, Driver
- Chuggington (2010)
- Gravity Falls (2012) - Various
- Monsters University (2013) - Additional voices
- Teen Titans Go! (2013) - Doctor Light
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) - Squidward Tentacles, various
- Mixels (2015) - Flamzer, Naut, Major Nixel ("Moon Madness"), Gate Keeper, Narrator, other
- We Bare Bears (2015) - Theater Manager ("Shush Ninjas" only)
- Disco Beaver from Outer Space (1978) (TV)
- Two Reelers (1981) (TV)
- Escape from New York (1981)
- Wizards and Warriors (1983) (TV)
- Hot Flashes (1984) (TV)
- Footlight Frenzy (1984)
- National Lampoon's Class of '86 (1986)
- The Running Man (1987) - Phil Hilton
- What Price Victory (1988) (TV)
- Silk Stalkings (1992) (TV)
- Shadow of Obsession (1994) (TV)
- Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995) (TV)
- Bio-Dome (1996)
- Santa, Jr. (2002) (TV)
- Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003) (TV)
- A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004) (TV)
- Murder Without Conviction (2004) (TV)
- Just Desserts (2004) (TV)
- Marco Polo (2007) (TV)
Awards and nominations
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- "Reports of Death of Squidward's "Voice" Premature". KAIT. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
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