Chris Roodbeen studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. He has worked as an illustrator for advertising agencies, as well as magazines like Margriet and Elsevier (political cartoons). He has published comic strips in children's magazines like Okki, Jippo and Taptoe and provided illustrations for educational publications (Wolters-Noordhoff) and the papers Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad, Haagsche Courant and De Telegraaf.
He drew six stories of the comic series 'Ahmed' in the Shell magazine Olidin between 1958 and 1961. This was followed by 'De Roemrijke Avonturen van Papom' in 1962-63. Also for Olidin, Roodbeen illustrated short historical stories and gag strips. Roodbeen is nowadays best-known for his courtroom drawings, that he has made for De Telegraaf for several decades.