Rodger David Bumpass (born on November 20, 1951; age 66) is an American actor and voice actor. His credits go back to the 1980's revival of The Jetsons. He is best known for playing the role of Squidward Tentacles on SpongeBob SquarePants. Other roles he has played have been in Teen Titans Go!, Invader Zim, and various 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 then attended Arkansas State University during his college years, 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 film 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, the Purple Doctorfish, and the anchovies on 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 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 voiced two doctors, Gill Gilliam and the Purple Doctorfish.
  • Bumpass has stated the best way to voice Squidward is to put it all in the nose and give him the "Oh PuhLEEZE!" attitude.
  • Rodger Bumpass is the first actor on SpongeBob SquarePants to be arrested.
  • He is the voice of Dr. Light both from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!.
  • he also voiced flamzer in a cartoon network show Mixels.



Episode Credit(s)
Season 1
1a - "Help Wanted" Voice of Squidward Tentacles
2a - "Bubblestand" Voice of Squidward
3a - "Jellyfishing" Voice of Squidward
3b - "Plankton!" Voice of Squidward
4a - "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" Voice of Squidward
4b - "Boating School" Voice of Squidward
5a - "Pizza Delivery" Voice of Squidward
5b - "Home Sweet Pineapple" Voice of Squidward
6a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" Voice of Squidward and Old Coot #2
6b - "Pickles" Voice of Squidward
7b - "Jellyfish Jam" Voice of Squidward
8a - "Sandy's Rocket" Voice of Squidward
8b - "Squeaky Boots" Voice of Squidward
9a - "Nature Pants" Voice of Squidward
9b - "Opposite Day" Voice of Squidward
10a - "Culture Shock" Voice of Squidward
10b - "F.U.N." Voice of Squidward
11a - "MuscleBob BuffPants" Voice of Squidward
11b - "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" Voice of Squidward
12b - "Employee of the Month" Voice of Squidward
13a - "Scaredy Pants" Voice of Squidward
13b - "I Was a Teenage Gary" Voice of Squidward and Doctor
14a - "SB-129" Voice of Squidward
14b - "Karate Choppers" Voice of Squidward
15a - "Sleepy Time" Voice of Squidward
15b - "Suds" Voice of Doctor
16b - "The Paper" Voice of Squidward
19a - "Fools in April" Voice of Squidward
20a - "Hooky" Voice of Squidward, Customer #1, and Fish #1
Season 2
21a - "Your Shoe's Untied" Voice of Squidward
21b - "Squid's Day Off" Voice of Squidward, Doctor
22a - "Something Smells" Voice of Squidward
22b - "Bossy Boots" Voice of Squidward
23a - "Big Pink Loser" Voice of Squidward
23b - "Bubble Buddy" Voice of Squidward, Voice #3
24a - "Dying for Pie" Voice of Squidward
24b - "Imitation Krabs" Voice of Squidward
25a - "Wormy" Voice of Squidward
25b - "Patty Hype" Voice of Squidward, Rick, Gerbil
26a - "Grandma's Kisses" Voice of Squidward
26b - "Squidville" Voice of Squidward
27a - "Prehibernation Week" Voice of Squidward
28 - "Christmas Who?" Voice of Squidward
30b - "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" Voice of Spotter #1, Doctor
32a - "Pressure" Voice of Squidward
32b - "The Smoking Peanut" Voice of Squidward
33a - "Shanghaied" Voice of Squidward
34a - "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" Voice of Squidward
34b - "Frankendoodle" Voice of Squidward, Squid Drawing
35b - "Band Geeks" Voice of Squidward, Veterinarian
36a - "Graveyard Shift" Voice of Squidward
36b - "Krusty Love" Voice of Squidward
37b - "I'm with Stupid" Voice of Squidward
38a - "Sailor Mouth" Voice of Squidward, Restaurant Fish
38b - "Artist Unknown" Voice of Squidward
40a - "Squid on Strike" Voice of Squidward
40b - "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" Voice of Squidward, Worm, Door Fish, Fish 4
Season 3
41a - "The Algae's Always Greener" Voice of Squidward
42a - "Club SpongeBob" Voice of Squidward
42b - "My Pretty Seahorse" Voice of Squidward, Fish 4, Teen 1
43a - "Just One Bite" Voice of Squidward
43b - "The Bully" Voice of Doctor
44b - "Idiot Box" Voice of Squidward, Professor
45a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" Voice of Squidward
46a - "Snowball Effect" Voice of Squidward
46b - "One Krabs Trash" Voice of Squidward
47a - "As Seen on TV" Voice of Squidward
47b - "Can You Spare a Dime?" Voice of Squidward
48a - "No Weenies Allowed" Voice of Doc, Big Fish
48b - "Squilliam Returns" Voice of Squidward, Daddy
49a - "Krab Borg" Voice of Squidward
50a - "Wet Painters" Voice of Squidward
50b - "Krusty Krab Training Video" Voice of Squidward
51 - "Party Pooper Pants" Voice of Squidward, Smart Fish, Diver Dick
52a - "Chocolate with Nuts" Voice of Squidward
52b - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" Voice of Squidward
53b - "Clams" Voice of Squidward, Choir
54 - "Ugh" Voice of Squidward
55a - "The Great Snail Race" Voice of Squidward, Mayor
55b - "Mid-Life Crustacean" Voice of Squidward, Deejay, Jake
56a - "Born Again Krabs" Voice of Squidward, Doctor
56b - "I Had an Accident" Voice of Squidward, Doctor
57a - "Krabby Land" Voice of Squidward
57b - "The Camping Episode" Voice of Squidward
58a - "Missing Identity" Voice of Squidward
58b - "Plankton's Army" Voice of Squidward
59 - "The Sponge Who Could Fly" Voice of Squidward, Phone Fish
60a - "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" Voice of Squidward, Gym Fish
60b - "Pranks a Lot" Voice of Squidward
List of episode credits


  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. ^

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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Bill FagerbakkeCarolyn LawrenceClancy BrownDee Bradley BakerDoug LawrenceDennis QuaidFrank WelkerJill TalleyJoe WhyteLori AlanMary Jo CatlettRodger BumpassSirena IrwinTom KennyMark FiteGuest stars

Aaron SpringerAdam FayAdam PaloianAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomBlake LemonsBob CampBob JaquesBrad VandergriftBrian MoranteBrice MallierBruce HellerCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattCharlie BeanChris AllisonChris 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 LenderJennie MonicaJim SchumannJoe LissJoe WierengaJohn MagnessJohn TrabbicJosh AndroskyKaren HeathwoodKazKelly ArmstrongKent OsborneKris WimberlyKurt SnyderKyle McCullochLarry LeFrancisLarry LeichliterLeonard RobinsonLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike BellMike FasoloMike MitchellMike RothMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossNick JenningsOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BennettPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenRobert DressRyan KhatamRyan KramerSam 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

Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Emmy Awards Cup Emmy

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

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