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Tim Burton Biography

Birth Name:
Timothy Walter Burton
Birth Place:
Burbank, California, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter, animator

Fast Facts

  • His father was a minor-league baseball player, before retiring early due to an injury
  • His mother once owned a cat-themed gift shop in Burbank called Cats Plus
  • Attended California Institute of the Arts on a Disney animation scholarship
  • John Lasseter, director of Toy Story, and Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles, were two of his classmates
  • Did uncredited work on The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron before convincing Disney to let him make his career-launching 1984 live-action short, Frankenweenie
  • Often said that the relationship between Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi in his film Ed Wood was akin to his own relationship with Vincent Price, whom he worked with in Edward Scissorhands
  • Released The Art of Tim Burton, a compilation of more than 1000 of his illustrations, in 2009


  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Animated Film: nominated
  • 2013Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: nominated
  • 2012Oscar-Best Animated Feature Film: nominated
  • 2010Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2007National Board of Review-Best Director: winner
  • 2007Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Animated Feature Film: nominated
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated