Mary Jo Catlett (born September 2, 1938; age 81) is a main cast member on SpongeBob SquarePants, voicing Mrs. Puff.

She has been an actress since the 1960s, starring in the 1964 Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! and television shows like Diff'rent Strokes, M*A*S*H, and General Hospital.

In 2001, Catlett received an Annie Award nomination for her voice-over work as Mrs. Puff.[1] Along with Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), who was nominated the same year, they were the first SpongeBob cast members to be nominated for a voice acting award. As of 2019, being a voice actor on SpongeBob SquarePants is her only regular television role; Catlett described herself as "basically retired" in 2013 since voice acting requires less preparation than performances in person.[2]

For the first seven seasons, Mary Jo Catlett exclusively voiced Mrs. Puff. Starting in season 8, she has voiced some other elderly characters, such as Grandma Tentacles and the old psychic.


  • She is the oldest member of the main cast, followed by Rodger Bumpass.
  • She was good friends with Stephen Hillenburg.
  • Her previous acting roles in other productions have been referenced on the show; for example, SpongeBob says "Hello, Dolly!" in "Something Smells," nodding to the 1964 Broadway musical that introduced the phrase and starred Mary Jo.
  • She attended the 2013 SpongeBob Fan Shellabration where she signed autographs and posed for pictures with a mascot costume of Mrs. Puff.
  • In 2009, Mary Jo Catlett starred in the film Surprise Surprise, and she was constantly asked to do her Mrs. Puff voice. According to her costars, "not one person on the movie let a day go by without calling some relative ... and handing their cell phones to Mary Jo to do her best 'Oh no, SpongeBob, no!'"[3]




Episode Credit(s)
Season 1
4b - "Boating School" Voice of Mrs. Puff
7a - "Hall Monitor" Voice of Mrs. Puff
8a - "Sandy's Rocket" Voice of Mrs. Puff
13a - "Scaredy Pants" Voice of Mrs. Puff
15a - "Sleepy Time" Voice of Mrs. Puff
16a - "Valentine's Day" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 2
30a - "No Free Rides" Voice of Mrs. Puff
35b - "Band Geeks" Voice of Mrs. Puff
36b - "Krusty Love" Voice of Mrs. Puff
37a - "Procrastination" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 3
43b - "The Bully" Voice of Mrs. Puff
45a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" Voice of Mrs. Puff
45b - "Doing Time" Voice of Mrs. Puff
46a - "Snowball Effect" Voice of Mrs. Puff
53a - "New Student Starfish" Voice of Mrs. Puff
59 - "The Sponge Who Could Fly" Voice of Mrs. Puff
60b - "Pranks a Lot" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 4
68b - "SquidBob TentaclePants" Voice of Mrs. Puff
69b - "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" Voice of Mrs. Puff
72b - "Wishing You Well" Voice of Mrs. Puff
77a - "Driven to Tears" Voice of Mrs. Puff
80a - "Best Day Ever" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 5
84a - "Spy Buddies" Voice of Mrs. Puff (deleted scene)
84b - "Boat Smarts" Voice of Mrs. Puff
93a - "Picture Day" Voice of Mrs. Puff
96 - "Pest of the West" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 6
102b - "Nautical Novice" Voice of Mrs. Puff
109a - "Boating Buddies" Voice of Mrs. Puff
109b - "The Krabby Kronicle" Voice of Mrs. Puff
114b - "Ditchin'" Voice of Mrs. Puff
118a - "Pet or Pests" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 7
128a - "Growth Spout" Voice of Mrs. Puff
136b - "Summer Job" Voice of Mrs. Puff
147a - "Hide and Then What Happens?" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 8
154b - "The Hot Shot" Voice of Mrs. Puff
157b - "Oral Report" Voice of Mrs. Puff
159 - "A SquarePants Family Vacation" Voice of Mrs. Puff
174b - "For Here or to Go" Voice of Fish #7 and Voice on Phone
173a - "Squiditis" Voice of Customer #5 and Female Fish in Movie
173b - "Demolition Doofus" Voice of Mrs. Puff
176b - "Chum Fricassee" Voice of Grandma Tentacles
177b - "Move It or Lose It" Voice of Mrs. Puff
178 - "Hello Bikini Bottom!" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 9
180a - "Patrick-Man!" Voice of Mrs. Puff, Mable, and Tina-Fran
182b - "Bumper to Bumper" Voice of Mrs. Puff
186b - "Plankton's Pet" Voice of Mable-Monica, Female Fish #1, and Female Fish #3
187b - "Séance Shméance" Voice of Gale and Psychic
190b - "Tutor Sauce" Voice of Mrs. Puff (uncredited)
195a - "SpongeBob LongPants" Voice of Mrs. Puff and Driving Student
Season 10
205a - "Whirly Brains" Voice of Mrs. Puff
206b - "Code Yellow" Voice of Mrs. Puff
210b - "Burst Your Bubble" Voice of Mrs. Puff
213a - "The Getaway" Voice of Mrs. Puff
215a - "Feral Friends" Voice of Mrs. Puff
Season 11
217a - "Spot Returns" Voice of Mrs. Puff
222a - "Krabby Patty Creature Feature" Voice of Mrs. Puff
222b - "Teacher's Pests" Voice of Mrs. Puff
226b - "Don't Feed the Clowns" Voice of Mrs. Puff
227a - "Drive Happy" Voice of Mrs. Puff
231a - "My Leg!" Voice of Mrs. Puff
235a - "Plankton Paranoia" Voice of Mrs. Puff
238a - "Appointment TV" Voice of Mrs. Puff
240b - "Girls' Night Out" Voice of Mrs. Puff and Virtual Reality Mailman
Season 12
246a - "Plankton's Old Chum" Voice of Mrs. Puff
254-255 - "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" Voice of Mrs. Puff
256b - "SpongeBob's Bad Habit" Voice of Mrs. Puff
259b - "My Two Krabses" Voice of Mrs. Puff
261a - "Lighthouse Louie" Voice of Mrs. Puff
261b - "Hiccup Plague" Voice of Mrs. Puff
262a - "A Cabin in the Kelp" Voice of Mrs. Puff
263b - "The Kwarantined Krab" Voice of Mrs. Puff
F1 - "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" Voice of Mrs. Puff
F2 - "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" Voice of Mrs. Puff
F3 - "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" Voice of Mrs. Puff
List of episode credits


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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Main character voices
Tom KennyBill FagerbakkeRodger BumpassClancy BrownLori AlanCarolyn LawrenceMary Jo CatlettDoug LawrenceJill Talley

Supporting character voices
Stephen HillenburgPaul TibbittErnest BorgnineTim ConwayBrian Doyle-MurrayJohn O'HurleyMarion RossDee Bradley BakerSirena IrwinCarlos AlazraquiThomas F. WilsonBob JolesMark FiteSara PaxtonJohn GegenhuberGuest 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 ReissWolf-Rudiger BlossZeus Cervas

Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Annie AwardsAnnie Award

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (in "No Free Rides;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Wormy;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production

Singers: Peter Strauss and Paul Tibbitt for "The Very First Christmas" (in "Christmas Who?;" 2001)

Best Writing in an Animated Television Production

Writers: C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty;" 2006)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Spy Buddies;" 2008)

Direction in an Animated Television Production or Short-form

Directors: Alan Smart (for "Penny Foolish;" 2009)

Best Home Entertainment Production

DVDs: SpongeBob vs. The Big One (DVD) (2010)

Best Voice Acting in a Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Truth or Square;" 2010)

Music in a Television Production

Composers: Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nicolas Carr, and Tuck Tucker (2011)

Writing in a Television Production

Writers: Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, and Paul Tibbitt (for "Patrick's Staycation;" 2012)

Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Animators: Dan Driscoll and Savelen Forrest (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Directors: Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

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