Rodger Albert Bumpass (born November 20, 1951) is an American character actor and voice actor, who is noted for his long-running-roles as Squidward Tentacles on the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Chief from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?. He also voiced Professor Membrane on Invader Zim. Bumpass has many other credits in animated films, animated television series, and video games.
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 the Jonesboro’s ABC television affiliate, 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 ASU in 1976, and when encouraged by an ASU professor to consider professional theater, he went to New York in June 1977.