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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg, was born on 21 August 1961, in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. Stephen is both a film director and producer, and also a famous marine biologist. Stephen is perhaps best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated series “SpongeBob Square Pants”.

So how rich is Stephen Hillenburg? Sources have estimated that Stephen’s net worth is $90 million, a sum which increases steadily with incomes from directorial film projects and voice acting, as well as his work as a marine biologist.

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth $90 Million

Stephen Hillenburg spent his childhood in Anaheim, California. His father Kelly worked for aerospace companies – including on the Apollo project – and his mother, Nancy was a teacher of the visually impaired. In 1984, Stephen graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in marine resource planning and interpretation, and subsequently became a teacher of marine biology at the Ocean Institute in California. Stephen Hillenburg also graduated in animation from California Institute of the Arts, after which Stephen’s  net worth started increasing because of his work in the film industry. Stephen started working as a co-writer and co-producer of the famous television series “Rocko`s Modern Life” along with its creator Joel Murray.

His successful beginning with “Rocko`s Modern Life” led Stephen Hillenburg to his own project, creating the animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants”. It started running in 1999 and continues to be aired until today on the Nickelodeon Channel. This children`s comedy series is voiced by Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and many others, and has been acknowledged as the highest rated show ever aired on Nickelodeon, and has also been widely distributed on MTV Networks International. The “SpongeBob SquarePants” series has earned Stephen six Annie Awards, as well as one Emmy Award.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” was produced by United Plankton Pictures, a production company founded in 1998 by Stephen Hillenburg. Stephen also voiced the character of Potty the Parrot. Hillenburg was a writer, an executive producer, a showrunner and a storyboard director of “SpongeBob SquarePants”. Following the cultural and financial success of this series, Hillenburg decided to create a movie, a film adaptation of “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”, which considerably enlarged Stephen Hillenburg’s net worth and rewarded him with an Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Position.

There are no doubts “SpongeBob SquarePants” series and movie has been the greatest source of the revenues that came to Stephen Hillenburg’s net worth. However, the famous film producer has contributed to the production and distribution of other movies, too. Stephen directed and composed the animated short film “The Green Beret” released in 1991, and added further incomes to his net worth when he wrote “Mother Goose and Grimm” (1991) and directed “Wormholes” (1992), which gained Stephen an award for Best Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Hillenburg is also a story writer and executive producer of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, an animated movie based on the television series, which is going to be released in 2015.

As regards Stephen Hillenburg`s personal life, the celebrity has been married to Karen Hillenburg, who is a chef and also teaches at a cooking school, since 1994. In 1998, the Hillenburgs welcomed a son and named him Clay. Currently, the family lives in San Marino, Southern California. Stephen has many hobbies, including scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing. The famous film director loves painting surreal seascapes, and he even claims these paintings are kind of personal.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 21, 1961
Birth place: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Profession:Animator, Television producer, Television Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Marine biologist, Film director, Film Score Composer, Storyboard Artist, Soundtrack Composer
Education:Humboldt State University
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Karen Hillenburg
Children:Clay Hillenburg
Parents:Kelly N. Hillenburg, Jr, Nancy Hillenburg
Awards:Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Position, Emmy Award
Nominations:Annie Awards, Emmy Award
Movies:“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, “The Green Beret” (1991)
TV shows:“Rocko`s Modern Life”, “SpongeBob SquarePants”,
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1As 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 always enjoyed drawing and painting, so he pursued a master's-degree program in experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia. All these experiences came together to create SpongeBob SquarePants.


Quotes

#Quote
1Working as a marine science educator, I had the chance to see how enamored kids are with undersea life, especially tide pool creatures. By combining this knowledge with my love for animation, I came up with SpongeBob SquarePants.
2Even the villainous Plankton, he's still flawed and you still root for him in a way, and the style of humor is simple and it's about human behavior, and everybody can identify with that.
3At first I drew a few natural sponges -- amorphous shapes, blobs -- which was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine science teacher. Then I drew a square sponge and it looked so funny. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize. He seemed to fit the character type I was looking for. [Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2001]
4When you set out to do a show about a sponge, you don't expect the kind of appeal that he's had. [Detroit News, August 8, 2002]
5I think the connection to SpongeBob is that sponges are the most elastic, changing, plastic creatures . . . and I wanted him to be able to do things that were really magical. So [SpongeBob] has these really creative moments when he can re-form himself. But most sponges in the ocean are sedentary: They attach themselves to a rock and sit and filter-feed the rest of their lives, and reproduce, and that's about it. Not that they are not interesting, but they are not . . . mobile. They don't cook Krabbie Patties! [Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2001]
6[when asked why the octopus has six tentacles instead of eight:] "Technically I just thought he'd be a little too cumbersome as a character to have too many legs visible. Maybe that's why he's so angry!"
7Our characters act silly, even totally ridiculous at times, and most of our jokes don't come out of pop cultural references. It seems like we're aiming at a child audience, everyone can laugh at the basic human traits that are funny. It's playful, the humor is playful, the world is playful.
8We 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 word and you don't know what it means. [Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2001]
9"There is something kind of unique about [SpongeBob]. It seems to be a refreshing breath from the pre-irony era. There's no sense of the elbow-in-rib, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic that so permeates the rest of American culture -- including kids' shows like the Rugrats. I think what's subversive about it is it's so incredibly naive -- deliberately. Because there's nothing in it that's trying to be hip or cool or anything else, hipness can be grafted onto it." -- Robert Thompson, professor at the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University, in the New York Times, July 21, 2002.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Steve Belfer
· Nick Carr
· Derek Drymon
· Mark Harrison
· Pat Irwin
· Stephen C. Marston
· Blaise Smith
· Barry Trop
· Ron Wasserman
2012ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Nick Carr
· Stephen C. Marston
· Derek Drymon
· Mark Harrison
· Pat Irwin
· Blaise Smith
· Barry Trop
· Ron Wasserman
2011ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop TV SeriesSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Steve Belfer
· Nick Carr
· Derek Drymon
· Mark Harrison
· Pat Irwin
· Blaise Smith
· Barry Trop
· Ron Wasserman
2010Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (executive producer)
· Dina Buteyn (line producer)
1992Best ConceptOttawa International Animation FestivalWormholes (1992)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Short Form Animated ProgramSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (executive producer)
· Vincent Waller (supervising producer)
· Marc Ceccarelli (supervising producer)
· Jennie Monica (producer)
· Kyle McCulloch (written by)
· Jack Pendarvis (written by)
· Alan Smart (animation director/supervising director)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director)
2012Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Animated ProgramSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (executive producer)
· Jennie Hammond (line producer)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Short-Format Animated ProgramSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (executive producer/supervising producer)
· Dina Buteyn (producer)
· Sean Charmatz (written by)
· Mr. Lawrence (written by)
· Nate Cash (written by/storyboard director)
· Luke Brookshier (storyboard director)
· Andrew Overtoom (animation director)
· Alan Smart (supervising director)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated ProgramsSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (executive producer/supervising producer)
· Dina Buteyn (animation producer)
· Aaron Springer (written by/storyboard director)
· Dani Michaeli (written by)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director)
· Alan Smart (supervising director)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (co-executive producer/supervising producer)
· Charlie Bean (written by/storyboard director)
· Aaron Springer (written by/storyboard director)
· Chris Reccardi (written by/storyboard director)
· Steven Banks (writtten by)
· Dani Michaeli (written by)
· Alan Smart (supervising director/animation director)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (supervising producer)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director/timer)
· Alan Smart (animation director/supervising director/timer)
· Casey Alexander (storyboard director/written by)
· Chris Mitchell (storyboard director/written by)
· Luke Brookshier (storyboard director/written by)
· Tom King (storyboard director/written by)
· Dani Michaeli (written by)
· Andrew Overtoom (timer)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Paul Tibbitt (supervising producer/written by/director)
· Mike Bell (written by/storyboard director)
· C.H. Greenblatt (written by/storyboard director)
· Vincent Waller (storyboard director)
· Alan Smart (animation director)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director)
2005AnnieAnnie AwardsDirecting in an Animated Feature ProductionThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Derek Drymon (supervising producer)
· Paul Tibbitt (written by)
· Kent Osborne (written by)
· Andrew Overtoom (animation director)
· Alan Smart (supervising director)
· Juli Murphy (sheet timer)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)· Derek Drymon (supervising producer)
· Paul Tibbitt (written by New Student Starfish)
· Kent Osborne (written by New Student Starfish)
· Mark O'Hare (written by New Student Starfish/Clams)
· Jay Lender (written by Clams)
· Sam Henderson (written by Clams)
· Tom Yasumi (animation director)
· Sean Dempsey (animation director)
· Alan Smart (supervising director)
· Juli Murphy (sheet timer)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's ProgramSpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsAnimated Programming Special or SeriesRocko's Modern Life (1993)· Vanessa Coffey (executive producer)
· Mary Harrington (executive producer)
· Linda Simensky (supervising producer)
· Joe Murray (producer/director/writer)
· Timothy Björklund (director/writer)
· Roger Chiasson (director/writer)
· Mr. Lawrence (director/writer)
· Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh (director/writer)
· Vince Calandra (writer)
· Ron Hauge (writer)
· Nick Jennings (writer)
· George Maestri (writer)
· Robert Scull (writer)
· Jeff Myers (writer)
· Mark O'Hare (writer)
· Martin Olson (writer)
· Dan Povenmire (writer)


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePantsTV Series creator - 216 episodes, 1999 - 2016 writer - 34 episodes, 1999 - 2004 written by - 2 episodes, 1999
Smurfs-Parody2015Short characters
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015series "SpongeBob SquarePants" / story
Spongebob Squarepants 4D Attraction: The Great Jelly Rescue2013creator
Nicktoons MLB2011Video Game characters: Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Larry the Lobster & The Flying Dutchman
SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus2009Video
SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom2008Video Game characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Plankton, Gary the Snail - uncredited
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis2008Video Game characters - uncredited
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots2007Video Game characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star - uncredited
Diggs Tailwagger2007TV Movie additional writing
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island2006Video Game characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles - uncredited
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!2005Video Game characters - uncredited
Nicktoons Unite2005Video Game characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Plankton, Gary the Snail - uncredited
SpongeBob SquarePants: A Day in the Life of a Sponge2004Video Game characters - uncredited
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie2004Video Game characters - uncredited
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004story / television series SpongeBob SquarePants / written by
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ride2004Short characters
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom2003Video Game characters - uncredited
Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D2003Video Game
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman2002Video Game characters - uncredited
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month2002Video Game characters - uncredited
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge2001Video Game characters - uncredited
Rocko's Modern LifeTV Series additional writing - 18 episodes, 1993 - 1996 story - 8 episodes, 1994 - 1996 writer - 3 episodes, 1996

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
SpongeBob SquarePantsTV Series writer - 194 episodes, 1999 - 2015 lyrics - 9 episodes, 2003 - 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2002
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015writer: "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme", "Squeeze Me"
Tower Heist2011writer: "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"
The Karate Kid2010writer: "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"
Parenthood2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Troop2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alvin and the Chipmunks2007writer: "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme"
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004movie version, "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme" , "Goofy Goober Song", "Song Dedicated to the Giant Squid of the World", "Now That We're Men" / lyrics: "Goofy Goober Rock" a derivative of "I Wanna Rock"
Malcolm in the Middle2004TV Series writer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePants 32019executive producer announced
SpongeBob SquarePants1999-2016TV Series executive producer - 191 episodes
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015executive producer
Hollywood Blvd, USA2014Short producer
SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus2009Video executive producer
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004producer
Rocko's Modern Life1996TV Series creative producer - 13 episodes

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePantsTV Series original character designer - 116 episodes, 1999 - 2016 original character design - 1 episode, 2015 animator - 1 episode, 2006
SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus2009Video original character designer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Blvd, USA2014Short
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab2006Video Game
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004
Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D2003Video Game
Rocko's Modern Life1993-1996TV Series 20 episodes
Wormholes1992Short
The Green Beret1992Short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePantsTV Series original character design - 6 episodes, 2007 - 2015 storyboard director - 1 episode, 1999
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004storyboards
Rocko's Modern Life1994-1996TV Series storyboard artist - 13 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rocko's Modern Life1996TV Series creative director - 13 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015Baby in Stroller (voice)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie2004Parrot (voice)
SpongeBob SquarePants2000-2004TV SeriesPotty / Miner / Party Extra / ...

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpongeBob SquarePantsTV Series lyrics - 4 episodes, 2011 composer - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2002

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Green Beret1992Short

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vermin1998/IIsound transferer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Egg Cetera2015TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Little Prince2015/Ithe director and the producers wish to thank
Truth Has Fallen2013Documentary special thanks
The Mighty B!2008TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots2007Video Game special thanks
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom2003Video Game special thanks
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge2001Video Game special thanks
Greener1994Short lots of thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meus Prêmios Nick 20102010TV MovieHimself
Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Case of the Sponge 'Bob'2005Video documentary shortHimself (voice)
Everybody's Talking: The Voices of Spongebob Squarepants2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Origin of Spongebob Squarepants2003Video documentary shortHimself

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