Rodger Albert Bumpass (born November 20, 1951) is an American character actor and voice actor most famous for voicing Squidward Tentacles on the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. He also voiced Professor Membrane on Invader Zim, created by Jhonen Vasquez. Bumpass had many other credits in animated films, animated television series,[1] and video games.[2] Bumpass' voice acting credits go back as far as a 1962 episode of The Jetsons.


Rodger 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 the Jonesboro’s ABC television affiliate, 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.[3] He graduated from ASU in 1976, and when encouraged by an ASU professor to consider professional theater, he went to New York in June 1977.[1]


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 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.[4]

Present-day viewers know him as the voice of Squidward Tentacles, Dr. Gill Gilliam and the anchovies on the Nickelodeon animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants,[5][6] 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 70's until the late 80s.[1][7][8] He has also appeared in adult cartoons, such as Heavy Metal. Bumpass has over 693 film credits, according to IMDb.

During August 2006, rumors were circulated that Bumpass died during heart surgery. His death was noted on IMDb and in the Arkansas State University alumni newsletter. Bumpass confirmed that reports of his death were untrue.[3]

Bumpass rides a recumbent bicycle; as an in-joke by the producers of the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Squidward does too.


Voice actor



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Rodger Bumpass (1951–)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. "Rodger Bumpass". Moby Games. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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 1580080111. OCLC 9781580080118 Check |oclc= value (help). Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  5. Cavazos, Norma (August 23, 2001). "Television Q&A". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. "SpongeBob SquarePants". Boxoffice Prophets. November 19, 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. Drake, Sylvie (April 2, 1987). "LOW MOAN FARCE ALMOST NIMBLE BUMBLES IN `FOOTLIGHT FRENZY'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  8. Churnin, Nancy (September 19, 1989). "Old Globe Gets 24 Nominations From Critics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  9. "Friday". St. Petersberg Times. August 26, 1981. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  10. "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes". Ocala Star-Banner. June 12, 1984. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  11. Bruckner, D. J. R. (May 25, 1986). "LAMPOON'S 'CLASS OF '86'". New York Times. paragraph 6. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 

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