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.
Bumpass at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
|Born||November 20, 1951|
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Residence||Burbank, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Roger Bumpass|
|Alma mater||Arkansas State University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian|
|Known for||Squidward Tentacles (voice)|
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 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.
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?, Hyenas on The Lion King, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Disco Beaver from Outer Space (1978) (TV)
- Two Reelers (1981) (TV)
- Escape from New York (1981) (credited as Roger Bumpass) – Dancer
- Wizards and Warriors (1983) (TV) – Prisoner
- Hot Flashes (1984) (TV) - Chuck Fodder
- Footlight Frenzy (1984) – Benny the Stage Manager, Johnny Chicago
- National Lampoon's Class of '86 (1986)
- The Running Man (1987) – Phil Hilton
- What Price Victory (1988) (TV)
- Silk Stalkings (1992) (TV) – Jack Fellman
- Shadow of Obsession (1994) (TV) – Custodian
- Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995) (TV) – Higgins
- Bio-Dome (1996) – Narrator
- Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure (1998) (Direct-to-video)
- 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) – Rustigielo
Voice over roles
|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||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|
|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||Squidward Tentacles, various|
|2019||Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus||Professor Membrane||Netflix Original|
|2020||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||Squidward Tentacles||In production|
|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|
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (13 episodes, 1984) (TV) – Additional voices
- The Jetsons (1 episode, 1985) (TV) – Additional voices
- Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987) (TV)
- The Real Ghostbusters (12 episodes, 1989–1991) (TV) – Louis Tully
- TaleSpin (1990) (TV)
- Petal to the Metal (1992)
- Kurenai no buta (1992)
- Raw Toonage (12 episodes, 1992) (TV)
- Problem Child (1993) (TV)
- Timon & Pumbaa (1995) (TV) – Savage Lion
- Theodore Rex (1995)
- Quack Pack (1996) (TV) – Countdown Voice
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997) (TV)
- The Angry Beavers (1998) (TV)
- CatDog (1998) – Pig (CatDogPig)
- Sacrifice (2000) – Gammel
- Time Squad (2001) (TV)
- 3-South (2002) (TV)
- What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2005) – Steve
- Yin Yang Yo! (2 episodes, 2007–2008) – The Lesson
- Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007)
- Random! Cartoons (2008)
- Chuggington (2010)
- Gravity Falls (2012) – Various
- We Bare Bears (2015) – Theater Manager ("Shush Ninjas" only)
|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
- Tchekmedyian, Alene (February 8, 2016). "'SpongeBob SquarePants' voice actor to face drunk driving charges". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "Rodger Bumpass (1951–)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- "Reports of Death of Squidward's "Voice" Premature". KAIT. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- 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.
- Cavazos, Norma (August 23, 2001). "Television Q&A". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- "SpongeBob SquarePants". Boxoffice Prophets. November 19, 2004. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- Drake, Sylvie (April 2, 1987). "Low Moan Farce Almost Nimble Bumbles In `Footlight Frenzy'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- Churnin, Nancy (September 19, 1989). "Old Globe Gets 24 Nominations From Critics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- "The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award Nominations" (PDF). Emmy Award. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Squidward Tentacles -- Claims Cops Lied in DUI Arrest". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
- "'SpongeBob SquarePants' -- DUI Bust Won't Cost Squidward His Job". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
- "Friday". St. Petersberg Times. August 26, 1981. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes". Ocala Star-Banner. June 12, 1984. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- Bruckner, D. J. R. (May 25, 1986). "LAMPOON'S 'CLASS OF '86'". New York Times. paragraph 6. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- Gallagher, Brian (11 July 2013). "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 Sets Up Shop in Savannah, Georgia - MovieWeb.com". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Davis, Brandon (January 23, 2019). "'SpongeBob SquarePants 3' Begins Production". Comicbook. Retrieved January 23, 2019.