Rodger Bumpass

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.

Rodger Bumpass
Bumpass at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
Born (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951
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

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

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]


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]

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

Voice over roles


1981Heavy MetalHannover Fiste / Dr. Anrak
1984Robo Force: The Revenge of NazgarMark Fury
1994The Super Dave Superbowl of KnowledgeAdditional voicesTV Movie
1996The Hunchback of Notre DameFrollo's Soldiers
1997HerculesMan pointing at Young Hercules
1997Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasAdditional voicesDirect-to-video
1998Quest for CamelotAdditional voices
1998MulanVarious People
1998Rolie Polie OlieAdditional voices
1998A Bug's LifeHarry Mosquito
1998Pocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldAdditional voicesDirect-to-video
1998AntzAdditional voicesuncredited
1999Toy Story 2Clerk
1999The Iron GiantMaine Man and Rick the Soldier
1999TarzanElephant #2 and Davidcredited as Roger Bumpass
1999Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's GhostPerkinsDirect-to-video
1999The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManDr. Octopus
2000The Emperor's New GrooveMale Villager #8 and Male Villager #1
2001Atlantis: The Lost EmpireMr. Hickenbottom and Chief of the Watch
2001Spirited AwayForeman2002 English dub
2001Monsters, Inc.CDA and Yellow News Monster
2001Osmosis JonesAnnouncer for Nerve News Network
2002Cinderella II: Dreams Come TrueKing's GuardsDirect-to-video
2002Spirit: Stallion of the CimarronColonel's Soldiers
2002Treasure PlanetTurnbuckle / Police Robot #1
2002Lilo & StitchMan
2003Brother BearMale Bear #2
2004The SpongeBob SquarePants MovieSquidward Tentacles
2006Curious GeorgeHunter #1
2006CarsWide Chick Pity
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownVarious Mammals
2009The Haunted World of El SuperbeastoScreaming PatronDirect-to-video
(credited as Roger Bumpass)
2010Kung Fu MagooGeneral Smith, Driver
2013Monsters UniversityJerry Jablonski
2015The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[18]Squidward Tentacles, various
2018Incredibles 2Officers
2019Invader Zim: Enter the FlorpusProfessor MembraneNetflix Original
2020The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the RunSquidward TentaclesIn production[19]


1989Ring RaidersScorch5 episodes
1991Tiny Toon AdventuresRonald Grump / SnowmanEp. "Pollution Solution"
1991The Toxic CrusadersToxie / Dr. Killemoff13 episodes
Credited as Roger Bumpass
1993Batman: The Animated SeriesHoffmanEp. "Paging the Crime Doctor"
1993Adventures of Sonic the HedgehogRobotsEp. "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad"
1993–1994BonkersGrumbles Grizzly10 episodes
1994Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTitanus3 episodes
1994–1999Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?Chief40 episodes
1999–presentSpongeBob SquarePantsSquidward Tentacles / variousMain role
1999–2000The Kids from Room 402Mr. Besser the Principle13 episodes
2000Batman BeyondCopEp. "Betrayal"
2001–2003Invader ZIMProfessor Membrane / Others18 episodes
2003–2005Teen TitansDoctor Light3 episodes
2003–2008ChalkZoneBiclops / Man10 episodes
2013–2014Teen Titans Go!Doctor LightEps. "Colors of Raven" and "Mr. Butt"
2015–2016MixelsFlamzer / Naut / Major Nixel ("Moon Madness") / Gate Keeper / Narrator / other2 episodes

Video games

1995Carmen Sandiego: Junior DetectiveChief
2001SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby PattySquidward Tentacles
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge
2002Blood Omen 2Magnus / Additional Voices
Command & Conquer: RenegadeGen. Gideon Raveshaw
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the MonthSquidward Tentacles
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
Treasure Planet: Battle at ProcyonZirrelian Crew / Zirrelian Mayor / Arcturian Commander
2003SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini BottomSquidward Tentacles
Ratchet & Clank: Going CommandoThe Unknown, Inventor, Announcer
2004X-Men LegendsSentinel Scientist
2005Teen TitansDoctor Light
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!Squidward Tentacles
2018Lego DC Super-VillainsDoctor Arthur Light

Awards and nominations


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  2. "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.
  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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