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Rodger Bumpass
Rodger Bumpass - Standing at Panel - Cropped.jpg
Bumpass at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
Born (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceBurbank, California, U.S.[1]
Other namesRoger Bumpass
Alma materArkansas State University
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian
Years active1977–present
Known forSquidward Tentacles (voice)
Notable work
SpongeBob SquarePants

Rodger Bumpass (born November 20, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor and comedian. He is best known for his long-running role as Squidward Tentacles on the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He voices several other characters on the show as well, including Purple Doctor Fish 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 Little Rock, 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.[2]

While at KAIT, he also wrote, produced, and performed in a late-night comedy program called Mid-Century Nonsense Festival Featuring Kumquat Theater.[3] 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.[2]


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 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.[2] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] He is also known for voicing The Chief from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, Hyenas on The Lion King, Dr. Light on Teen Titans, and Professor Membrane on Invader Zim.[2] 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.[2][7][8] 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.[9]

Legal issues[edit]

On January 19, 2016, Bumpass was arrested for alleged DUI in Burbank, California. A police report of the incident alleged that officers of the Burbank Police Department found Bumpass in his blue Chrysler PT Cruiser in the middle of the road. He was said to have leaned against the car, and when officers walked up to Bumpass for questioning, he tried to walk away and lost his balance, nearly falling to the ground. He confessed to driving after drinking at a Burbank bar before cops spotted him, and he was soon handcuffed after failing a sobriety test. His blood alcohol levels were said to be more than twice the legal limit. He was later released on a $15,000 bail shortly the next morning.[10][11][12]

The incident was first reported by celebrity gossip website TMZ several days after the incident, on January 19. A day later, Bumpass alleged to the website that the police had lied about the DUI report, claiming that he was not leaning against his car when officers spotted him, and that he was being tailed and pulled over by the officers before his arrest, though he did confess again to the DUI charge. Nickelodeon representatives were notified of the incident by Bumpass, but did not release any immediate comments or actions regarding the matter.[13]

On January 25, 2016, ten days after the incident, Nickelodeon representatives confirmed to TMZ that Bumpass would remain on SpongeBob SquarePants for the foreseeable future. The representatives alleged that the network's morals clause for the show did not consider DUI charges to be an immoral act, and thus Bumpass was not legally subject to termination.[14]


Live-action roles[edit]

Voice over roles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Heavy Metal Hannover Fiste / Dr. Anrak
1984 Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar Mark Fury
1994 The Super Dave Superbowl of Knowledge Additional voices TV Movie
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's Soldiers
1997 Hercules Man pointing at Young Hercules
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Additional voices Direct-to-video
1998 Quest for Camelot Additional voices
1998 Mulan Various People
1998 Rolie Polie Olie Additional voices
1998 A Bug's Life Harry Mosquito
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Additional voices Direct-to-video
1998 Antz Additional voices uncredited
1999 Toy Story 2 Clerk
1999 The Iron Giant Maine Man and Rick the Soldier
1999 Tarzan Elephant #2 and David credited as Roger Bumpass
1999 Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost Perkins Direct-to-video
1999 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Dr. Octopus
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Male Villager #8 and Male Villager #1
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Mr. Hickenbottom and Chief of the Watch
2001 Spirited Away Foreman 2002 English dub
2001 Monsters, Inc. CDA and Yellow News Monster
2001 Osmosis Jones Announcer for Nerve News Network
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True King's Guards Direct-to-video
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Colonel's Soldiers
2002 Treasure Planet Turnbuckle / Police Robot #1
2002 Lilo & Stitch Man
2003 Brother Bear Male Bear #2
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Squidward Tentacles
2006 Curious George Hunter #1
2006 Cars Wide Chick Pity
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various Mammals
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Screaming Patron Direct-to-video
(credited as Roger Bumpass)
2010 Kung Fu Magoo General Smith, Driver
2013 Monsters University Jerry Jablonski
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[18] Squidward Tentacles, various
2018 Incredibles 2 Officers
2019 Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Professor Membrane Netflix Original
2020 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Squidward Tentacles In production[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Ring Raiders Scorch 5 episodes
1991 Tiny Toon Adventures Ronald Grump / Snowman Ep. "Pollution Solution"
1991 The Toxic Crusaders Toxie / Dr. Killemoff 13 episodes
Credited as Roger Bumpass
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Hoffman Ep. "Paging the Crime Doctor"
1993 Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Robots Ep. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"
1993–1994 Bonkers Grumbles Grizzly 10 episodes
1994 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Titanus 3 episodes
1994–1999 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Chief 40 episodes
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants Squidward Tentacles / various Main role
1999–2000 The Kids from Room 402 Mr. Besser the Principle 13 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Cop Ep. "Betrayal"
2001–2003 Invader ZIM Professor Membrane / Others 18 episodes
2003–2005 Teen Titans Doctor Light 3 episodes
2003–2008 ChalkZone Biclops / Man 10 episodes
2013–2014 Teen Titans Go! Doctor Light Eps. "Colors of Raven" and "Mr. Butt"
2015–2016 Mixels Flamzer / Naut / Major Nixel ("Moon Madness") / Gate Keeper / Narrator / other 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Chief
2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty Squidward Tentacles
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge
2002 Blood Omen 2 Magnus / Additional Voices
Command & Conquer: Renegade Gen. Gideon Raveshaw
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month Squidward Tentacles
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon Zirrelian Crew / Zirrelian Mayor / Arcturian Commander
2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Squidward Tentacles
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando The Unknown, Inventor, Announcer
2004 X-Men Legends Sentinel Scientist
2005 Teen Titans Doctor Light
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Squidward Tentacles
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Doctor Arthur Light

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Tchekmedyian, Alene (February 8, 2016). "'SpongeBob SquarePants' voice actor to face drunk driving charges". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rodger Bumpass (1951–)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  3. ^ "Reports of Death of Squidward's "Voice" Premature". KAIT. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  4. ^ Dawson, Jim (1999). Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart (illustrated ed.). Ten Speed Press. p. 134. ISBN 9781580080118. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  5. ^ Cavazos, Norma (August 23, 2001). "Television Q&A". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants". Boxoffice Prophets. November 19, 2004. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  7. ^ Drake, Sylvie (April 2, 1987). "Low Moan Farce Almost Nimble Bumbles In `Footlight Frenzy'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Churnin, Nancy (September 19, 1989). "Old Globe Gets 24 Nominations From Critics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  9. ^ "The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award Nominations" (PDF). Emmy Award. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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  13. ^ "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Squidward Tentacles -- Claims Cops Lied in DUI Arrest". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  14. ^ "'SpongeBob SquarePants' -- DUI Bust Won't Cost Squidward His Job". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  15. ^ "Friday". St. Petersberg Times. August 26, 1981. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  16. ^ "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes". Ocala Star-Banner. June 12, 1984. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  17. ^ Bruckner, D. J. R. (May 25, 1986). "LAMPOON'S 'CLASS OF '86'". New York Times. paragraph 6. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  18. ^ Gallagher, Brian (11 July 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia -". Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  19. ^ Davis, Brandon (January 23, 2019). "'SpongeBob SquarePants 3' Begins Production". Comicbook. Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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