Meet the Cast of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'

The SpongeBob SquarePants cast is full of talented veterans with successful voice-over careers. Learn more about the voice actors behind SpongeBob SquarePants.

Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Tom Kenny performs during Nickelodeon's Spongebob Holiday Extravapants At The Grove
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Tom Kenny's voice is hard to hide from. He's everywhere. Listen closely to any nasal, high-pitched cartoon character and you may discover you're listening to Tom Kenny. However, SpongeBob SquarePants is his most famous character. Whether SpongeBob is laughing or crying or singing, his performance is always about more than just the sound of SpongeBob; it's about the inflection, the intonation, and the phrasing. 

Where You've Heard Him: as The Mayor, Winnie the Pooh as Rabbit, Adventure Time as Ice King, The Fairly OddParents as Cupid, The Batman as Penguin

Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star)

Bill Fagerbakke
Bill Fagerbakke attends the unveiling of a SpongeBob SquarePants wax figure in honor of the 10th anniversary of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants at Madame Tussauds on July 15, 2009 in New York City. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

In the 10th anniversary documentary about SpongeBob SquarePants, creator Stephen Hillenburg said Bill Fagerbakke was the smartest dumb guy on TV. It's true because, in order to play Patrick's stupidity to full comedic effect, Bill Fagerbakke must be brilliant. His low, throaty sound is perfect for Patrick's foolish diatribes and occasional cries of anguish. Bill Fagerbakke is most famous for the loveable ​lug head Dauber he played on Coach.

Where You've Heard Him: as Bulkhead, Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Ronnie Raymond

See also: 10 Classic Nickelodeon Cartoons from the '90s

Rodger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles)

Rodger Bumpass and Jill Talley
Voice artist/actors Rodger Bumpass, Jill Talley and speak during 'SpongeBob SquarePants' panel discussion at Comic-Con 2009 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 25, 2009 in San Diego, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

What a life Rodger Bumpass must have in order to bring out Squidward's bitter bile so well. He seems to draw from a deep pool of ennui. Plus, he's just dang talented. His nasal tone perfectly matches Squidward's giant shnoz.

Where You've Heard Him: as Professor Membrane, Teen Titans as Dr. Light

Clancy Brown (Eugene Krabs)

Clancy Brown
Actor Clancy Brown attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures 'Cowboys & Aliens' during Comic-Con 2011 at San Diego Civic Theatre on July 23, 2011 in San Diego, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

I was surprised when I first learned that Clancy Brown was the voice behind Mr. Krabs. How could that very large actor who always plays such evil villains be the voice behind one of the characters on SpongeBob SquarePants, a cartoon revered by kids? I suppose Krabs does have an evil side to him when it comes to money. I remember Clancy Brown from Highlander when he was tormenting that nice lady and chasing down Connor. I also remembered him as the über bad preacher from Carnivàle. You've also seen him in Cowboys and Aliens and on several episodes of The Flash.​

Where You've Heard Him: Justice League as Lex Luthor, Avatar: The Last Airbender as Long Feng, The Batman as Mr. Freeze

Mr. Lawrence (Plankton)

Mr. Lawrence
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Mr. Lawrence is a writer on SpongeBob SquarePants who also does the voices of Plankton and Larry the Lobster (I once saw an interview when he said he puffs out his chest while he's recording to get the right sound for Larry). Mr. Lawrence is not necessarily a career voice actor but takes roles in cartoons he's writing. For instance, he wrote for Rocko's Modern Life and also voiced the character of jealous Filburt Turtle.

Where You've Heard Him: Camp Lazlo as Dave and Edward 

Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks)

Carolyn Lawrence
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Carolyn Lawrence is the voice of Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob's squirrel-friend who lives in an underwater tree dome. For Sandy, she provides just enough drawl to play the Texan squirrel and puts the twang in her annunciation to good comedic use.

Where You've Heard Her: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as Cindy, as Orel

- Interview with Carolyn Lawrence about Dream Roles and Favorite Guest Stars

Jill Talley (Karen)

Jill Talley
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Jill Talley began her career in improv with Second City in Chicago. Later she was a regular on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David, a sketch comedy that also relied heavily on improv. So it's no surprise she plays Plankton's computer wife Karen so well, with a smug, mid-western flat accent.

Where You've Heard Her: as Sarah Dubois, Camp Lazlo as Gretchen and Miss Mucus, Striperella as Giselle

Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff)

Mary Jo Catlett
Mary Jo Catlett at the party following the Actor's Fund S.T.A.G.E. Too Tribute: Hooray For Love celebrating the music of Harold Arlen on November 12, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. David Livingston/Getty Images

Mary Jo Catlett is not a name you would recognize easily, but her voice is. Her rich, low tones as teacher Mrs. Puff recall other roles she has had, such as Nurse Walsh on M*A*S*H and Pearl Gallagher on Diff'rent Strokes.

Where You've Heard Her: Guest Voices on The Smurfs, DuckTales, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Lori Alan (Pearl)

Lori Alan
Actress Lori Alan attends the Eighth annual 'What A Pair' celebrity concert to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute at The Broad Stage on September 25, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Lori Alan plays Pearl, Mr. Krabs teenage whale of a daughter. She is spot on with Pearl's tantrums and slight Valley Girl accent. She pops up frequently as a guest star on live action TV shows.

Where You've Heard Her: Family Guy as Diane Simmons, Toy Story 3 as Bonnie's Mom, Hey Arnold! as Brooke Lloyd

Ernest Borgnine (Mermaid Man)

Ernest Borgnine
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Ernest Borgnine played the leader of the superhero team of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. His wavering baritone was perfect for Mermaid Man, who is now a senior citizen living at Shady Shoals Rest Home. With so many roles to his credit, it's easy to recognize him. He played Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson in From Here to Eternity, Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in McHale's Navy and Det. Lt. Mike Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure. Sadly, we lost this great talent when Ernest Borgnine died in 2012.

Where You've Heard Him: All Dogs Go to Heaven as Carface

See also: SpongeBob SquarePants list of characters

Tim Conway (Barnacle Boy)

Tim Conway
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Tim Conway plays Barnacle Boy, one-half of the less-than-dynamic duo. Tim Conway is one of the most famous recurring guest stars on SpongeBob SquarePants, having started his acting career in variety TV shows. From early years, he is most famous for playing Ensign Charles Parker in McHale's Navy, where he first worked with Ernest Borgnine. He was also part of one of the funniest comedies of all time, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978. Since then he's popped up in countless TV shows and movies, and his signature character, Dorf, is still going strong.

Where You've Heard Him: Santa Buddies as Sniffer, Hermie & Friends as Hermie

Brian Doyle-Murray (Flying Dutchman)

Brian Doyle-Murray has the gravelly, rough voice you hear when the Flying Dutchman is terrorizing Bikini Bottom. He's most famous for playing Lou Loomis in Caddyshack, alongside his brother, Bill Murray. Brian Doyle-Murray has had many memorable roles, such as Buster in Groundhog Day and Mr. Ehlert in The Middle, as well as surprising performances, like as Jack Ruby in JFK.

Where You've Heard Him: The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as Captain K'nuckles, The Goode Family as Charlie