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Stephen Hillenburg Biography

Birth Name:
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
Birth Place:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Profession
Writer, producer, animator, biologist, director, voice artist

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in Anaheim, California
  • Played the trumpet in high school
  • Worked as a fry cook, just like the character SpongeBob from SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Worked as a marine biology teacher at the Orange County Marine Institute where he wrote the informative comic book The Intertidal Zone to help educate his students
  • His characters and concepts from The Intertidal Zone later became SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Co-founder of the United Plankton Charitable Trust

Awards

  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Animated Programs: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Animated Programs: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Children's Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Children's Program: nominated

Relationships

  • Brian Kelly Hillenburg -- Brother
  • Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr. -- Father
  • Nancy (née Dufour) Hillenburg -- Mother
  • Emma -- Niece
  • Hazel -- Niece
  • Clay Hillenburg -- Son
  • Karen (née Umland) Hillenburg -- Wife