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Stephen Hillenburg (I) (1961–2018)

Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon's highest-rated cartoons for children and a staple of American television. Stephen was born on August 21st, 1961 in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. He started his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 9 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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  SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series) (creator - 223 episodes, 1999 - 2018) (writer - 54 episodes, 1999 - 2004) (created by - 13 episodes, 2005 - 2019) (written by - 2 episodes, 1999) (story - 1 episode, 1999)
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 2013-2016 Lego Spongebob (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- Plankton!! (2016)
- Sleepy Time (2013)
- Boating School (2013)
 2015 Funny Show Presents (TV Series documentary) (characters - 1 episode)
- Smurfs-Parody (2015) ... (characters)
 2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (series "SpongeBob SquarePants") / (story)
 2011 Nicktoons MLB (Video Game) (characters: Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Larry the Lobster & The Flying Dutchman)
 2007 Diggs Tailwagger (TV Short) (additional writing)
 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (story) / (television series SpongeBob SquarePants) / (written by)
 2004 SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ride (Short) (characters)
 2003 SpongeBob SquarePants Saves the Day (Video Game) (based on characters created by)
 2003 Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D (Video Game)
 2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Nautical Nonsense (Video short) (writer)
 2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Buddies (Video short) (written by)
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- Heff in a Handbasket/Wallaby on Wheels (1996) ... (story - segment "Heff in a Handbasket")
- Closet Clown/Seat to Stardom (1996) ... (story - segment "Closet Clown")
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Alternate Names:

Stephen Hilleburg | Stephen Hillenberg | Steve Hillenburg


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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We want the show to be really funny. But I think in the end the message is: Treat people the way you expect to be treated. And another connection to any sort of message is that a lot of the stories come out of the personal experience I and the other writers had as kids--the harsh lessons in life which are usually very funny in retrospect, like maybe what happens when you learn your first curse ... See more »


As a child he loved the films of Jacques Cousteau, so Stephen Hillenburg earned a degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis in marine resources from Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) in 1984. For three years he taught marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute (now known as the Orange County Ocean Institute), in Dana Point, California. He had ... See more »


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