Stephen Hillenburg

1961 - 2018

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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, writer, producer, director, voice actor, and marine biology educator. He is best known for creating the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon in 1999. Serving as the showrunner for its first three seasons, and again from season nine until his death, the show has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Hillenburg has received more than 7,333,798 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 80 in 2019). Stephen Hillenburg is the 61st most popular film director, the 430th most popular biography from United States (up from 440th in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Film Director.

Stephen Hillenburg is most famous for creating the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Among film directors, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 61 out of 2,041Before him are Luc Besson, Paul Verhoeven, Brian De Palma, Aki Kaurismäki, Werner Herzog, and Abbas Kiarostami. After him are Jacques Tati, Claude Chabrol, Sergei Parajanov, Robert Zemeckis, Éric Rohmer, and David Cronenberg.

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Among people born in 1961, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 7Before him are Diana, Princess of Wales, Barack Obama, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Ilham Aliyev, Lothar Matthäus, and George Clooney. After him are Nadia Comăneci, Eddie Murphy, Joko Widodo, Michael J. Fox, Enya, and Carl Lewis. Among people deceased in 2018, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 16Before him are Bernardo Bertolucci, Miloš Forman, Amos Oz, Isao Takahata, John McCain, and Philip Roth. After him are France Gall, Paul Bocuse, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Peter Grünberg, Hubert de Givenchy, and Billy Graham.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 430 out of 20,380Before him are Peter Fonda (1940), John R. Bolton (1948), George Clooney (1961), Ed Harris (1950), Shirley MacLaine (1934), and Hugh Hefner (1926). After him are Millard Fillmore (1800), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Susan Sontag (1933), Howard Gardner (1943), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), and J. Paul Getty (1892).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 13Before him are Quentin Tarantino (1963), Tim Burton (1958), John Ford (1894), David Lynch (1946), Oliver Stone (1946), and Brian De Palma (1940). After him are Robert Zemeckis (1952), Chuck Jones (1912), Sydney Pollack (1934), Terry Gilliam (1940), Jim Jarmusch (1953), and William Friedkin (1935).