SpongeBob SquarePants

Rodger Bumpass

on ESB
Rodger Bumpass
Rodger Bumpass
General Information
Birth: Rodger Albert Bumpass
November 20, 1951 (age 64)
Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Gender: Male
Series Information
Credits: Actor, voice actor, writer, producer
Portrays: Squidward Tentacles
Purple Doctorfish
Dr. Gill Gilliam
Horace B. Magic
Years: 1999 - present
List of episode credits

Rodger Albert Bumpass (born Rodger Albert Bumpass on November 20, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, writer and producer. His credits go back to the 1980's revival of The Jetsons. Many know him for playing the role of character Squidward Tentacles, SpongeBob's grouchy and miserable neighbor on SpongeBob SquarePants. Other roles have been in Teen Titans Go!, Invader ZIM, Sky Rat, and other animated series.


Early life

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 A-State in 1976, and when encouraged by an A-State professor to consider professional theater, he went to New York in June 1977.[1]

In 1977 he won a role in the National Lampoon 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.

DUI arrest

On January 15, 2016, before 11:00 P.M., Bumpass was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence at Burbank, California. A police report of the incident alleged that officers of the Burbank Police Department found Bumpass in his blue Chrysler PT Cruiser on 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 released the following day on a $15,000 bail.[8][9] The incident was first reported by celebrity gossip website TMZ several days after the incident, on January 19.[8] 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.[10]

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.[11] He has been faced with drunk driving charges.[12]


  • Rodger Bumpass also plays the Purple Doctorfish who appears in a few episodes.
  • Bumpass has stated the best way to voice Squidward, is to put it all in the nose and give him the "Oh PuhLEEZE!" attitude.
  • Bumpass has voiced two doctors, Gill Gilliam and the Purple Doctorfish.
  • He is the voice of Dr. Light both from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!.


  • Squidward Tentacles
  • Purple Doctorfish
  • Gill Gilliam
  • Horace B. Magic
  • Anchovies
  • Octavius Rex
  • Jellion Squidward
  • Squog
  • Squidly
  • Hopalong Tentacles


  1. ^ a b c d e Rodger Bumpass (1951–). The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved on 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ "Reports of Death of Squidward's "Voice" Premature", KAIT, August 28, 2006. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ id="Reference-Dawson-1999">Dawson, Jim (1999). Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart, illustrated, Ten Speed Press, 134. ISBN 1-58008-011-1. OCLC 9781580080118. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Cavazos, Norma. "Television Q&A", Dallas Morning News, August 23, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants. Boxoffice Prophets (November 19, 2004). Retrieved on 2009-06-21.
  6. ^ Drake, Sylvie. "LOW MOAN FARCE ALMOST NIMBLE BUMBLES IN `FOOTLIGHT FRENZY'", Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1987. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ Churnin, Nancy. "Old Globe Gets 24 Nominations From Critics", Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1989. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. 
  8. ^ a b SpongeBob SquarePants: Squidward Tentacles Busted for DUI, TMZ, January 19, 2016. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  9. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants Actor Rodger Bumpass Arrested for Alleged DUI, People (magazine), January 19, 2016. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Spongebob Squarepants' Squidward Tentacles Claims Cops Lied in DUI Bust, TMZ, January 20, 2016. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  11. ^ 'SpongeBob SquarePants' DUI Bust Won't Cost Squidward His Job, TMZ, January 25, 2016. Retrieved on January 25, 2016.
  12. ^

External links

Cast and Crew (VTE)

Bill FagerbakkeCarolyn LawrenceClancy BrownDee Bradley BakerDoug LawrenceDennis QuaidFrank WelkerJill TalleyJoe WhyteGrey DeLisleLori AlanMary Jo CatlettRodger BumpassSirena IrwinTom KennyGuest stars

Aaron SpringerAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomAdam FayAdam PaloianBlake LemonsBob CampBrad VandergriftBruce HellerBrice MallierCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattChris HeadrickChris MitchellChris ReccardiChuck KleinClare O'KaneClint Bond Jr.Dave CunninghamDavid FainDani MichaeliDan PovenmireDaniel DominguezDerek DrymonDerek IversenDerek L'estrangeDoug LawrenceEban SchletterEdgar LarrazábalEduardo AcostaEnnio Torresan, Jr.Eric FilipkowskiEric ShawErik WieseFrank WeissFred MillerFred OsmondGarrett HoGreg MillerGregor F. NarholzHeather MartinezHowie PerryIan GrahamIIya SkorupskyJack PendarvisJanice TolentinoJay LenderJim SchumannJoe WierengaJohn MagnessJohn TrabbicJosh AndroskyKaren HeathwoodKazKent OsborneKris WimberlyKurt SnyderKyle McCullochLarry LeichliterLeonard RobinsonLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike MitchellMike RothMike BellMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenRobert DressSam HendersonSolomon GeorgioSeamus WalshSaeid ZameniateniSean CharmatzSean DempseySherm CohenShellie O'BrienStephen HerczegStephen HillenburgSteve FontiSteven BanksSyd DaleThaddeus Paul CouldronTim HillTim ParsonsTeale Reon WangTed SekoTodd WhiteTom KingTom YasumiTuck TuckerVincent WallerVirginia HawesWalt DohrnWilliam ReissZeus Cervas

Wikia Spotlight

Random Wiki