Sunday, August 04, 2019

'Squidward' Voice Actor Rodger Bumpass Marries High School Sweetheart Arkansas

A huge congratulations to Nickelodeon voice actor Rodger Bumpass and his wife, Angela VanZandt, who got married on Friday, July 26, 2019!

Newlyweds Angela VanZandt and Rodger Bumpass. Photo: Angela VanZandt.

The voice of Squidward Tentacles the cranky octopus on Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, Bumpass wed VanZandt at a ceremony in front of the Old Statehouse in Arkansas!

Bumpass married the woman he always had a crush on back in his days at Central High School. The two of them both graduated from Central and told of their love to each other in their yearbooks.

As the world knows, Bumpass would end up in Hollywood working on SpongeBob. Meanwhile, VanZandt's career kept her in Arkansas.

With both of them single at their 10 year reunion, they renewed their relationship. For almost 40 more years, they would remain single.

But after emails, love notes, and repeated visits, the marriage finally happens!

"With Rodger on the steps of Little Rock Central High for our engagment photo shoot. We met at Central on the first day of school in the 10th grade. We had English together that year and our teacher was Kiitty Held. Rodger was very cute and still is," VanZandt said.

"Fifty years after I met him, he asked me out on a real date and we went on a picnic at the Clinton Library, and I walked on the bridge and he stopped me in the middle of the bridge and kissed me," VanZandt explained. "And he said, 'do you know how long I've wanted to do this?' And I said, 'A half-century? That's how long I've wanted you to kiss me.'"

THV 11's Craig O'Neill asked Bumpass if he was tempted to use his Squidward voice during the wedding ceremony.

"I really did think about it. 'Do you take this woman-- *Squidward voice* Oh boy, I do!'" said Bumpass.

A another huge congratulations to Rodger Bumpass and Angela VanZandt! :)

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Angela Ann VanZandt - Rodger Dale Bumpass

Angela VanZandt Bumpass

Angela Ann VanZandt became the bride of Rodger Dale Bumpass at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27, on the front lawn of the Old State House. The Rev. Perry Black of Family Church, Bryant, officiated, assisted by retired Rev. David Steel and the Rev. David Ranson of Lifeline Spiritual Church.

Parents of the bride are the late Louise and Stanley Wayne VanZandt of Little Rock. Her grandparents are the late Clara and John Collie Witt and the late Josephine and Dr. Lewis Wayne VanZandt, all of Rome, Ga.

The groom is the son of the late Virginia and Carroll Campbell Bum-pass of Little Rock and the grandson of the late Pearl and Henry Cathey and the late Vera and Campbell Bumpass, all also of Little Rock.

The wrought iron fence and front doors of the Old State House were decorated with magnolia leaves and blossoms. Music was by soloist Carol Isom, harpist Alisa Coffey and an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra quartet.

The bride was escorted by Frank Joseph Tarantino of Jamestown, R.I., brother-in-law of the bride, and Matthew Gray Bradford of Little Rock, her nephew. Both also served as ushers.

She wore a strapless ivory satin ballgown with a sweetheart neckline, a full box-pleated skirt and cathedral-length train. A silver and crystal tiara secured her fingertip-length veil embellished with beads, pearls and rhinestones. She carried a white bouquet of roses and gardenias.

Elizabeth Suzanne Tarantino of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., niece of the bride, served as maid of honor. She wore a periwinkle ballgown embellished with beading. Taylor-Anne Bradford of Little Rock, great-niece of the bride, was a junior bridesmaid. Her pearl pink satin and lace ballgown was embellished with floral embroidery and beading. They carried bouquets of peonies, roses and hydrangeas in shades of white, coral, pink and periwinkle.

Flower girls and ring bearer were Pippa Joon Bradford of Little Rock and Harper Grace Bradford of Savannah, Ga., grandnieces of the bride, and Hunter Gray Bradford of Savannah, grandnephew of the bride.

Best man was Brent Edward Bum-pass of Little Rock, nephew of the groom. Junior groomsman was Carter Gray Bradford of Little Rock, grandnephew of the bride. Guests were seated by Maj. Jordan Gray Bradford of Savannah and Adam Gray Bradford of Los Angeles, nephews of the bride.

The ceremony ended with music provided by a sound engineer at Nickelodeon that combined wedding chimes with the Spongebob Squarepants theme song.

A reception at The Capital Hotel followed the ceremony. Tables were decorated with arrangements of white, coral and pink peonies and roses. The all-white wedding cake was topped with a fondant and icing pineapple.

The bride is founding president of Women In Film Arkansas and a screenwriter and film producer. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she received a bachelor's degree in art and master's degree in education.

The groom is an Emmy-nominated actor known as the voice of Squidward on Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants. He graduated from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in radio and television.

The couple will live in Burbank, Calif.

High Profile on 08/04/2019

Print Headline: Angela Ann VanZandt - Rodger Dale Bumpass

Gallery: VanZandt-Bumpass Wedding

Barry Thomas paints a gift for the bride and groom, a surprise from the bride's sisters. Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Barry Thomas paints a gift for the bride and groom, a surprise from the bride's sisters. Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Originally published: Saturday, July 27, 2019.

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