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Stephen Hillenburg

1961 - 2018

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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, writer, producer, director, and marine science educator. He is known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, on which he served as the showrunner for the first three seasons of the show, and which has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Hillenburg has received more than 6,242,214 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Stephen Hillenburg is the 61st most popular film director (up from 76th in 2019), the 440th most popular biography from United States (up from 536th in 2019) and the 15th 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 1,581Before him are Roger Vadim, Theo Angelopoulos, Werner Herzog, Isao Takahata, Robert Zemeckis, and Oliver Stone. After him are Yasujirō Ozu, Agnès Varda, Claude Chabrol, Richard Attenborough, Terry Gilliam, and Luc Besson.

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Among people born in 1961, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 5Before him are Barack Obama, Diana, Princess of Wales, Ilham Aliyev, and George Clooney. After him are Lothar Matthäus, Michael J. Fox, Nadia Comăneci, Eddie Murphy, Enya, Bill de Blasio, and Carl Lewis. Among people deceased in 2018, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 18Before him are Amos Oz, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Philip Roth, John McCain, Paul Bocuse, and Isao Takahata. After him are France Gall, Burt Reynolds, Peter Grünberg, Hubert de Givenchy, Billy Graham, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Among people born in United States, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 440 out of 18,182Before him are Katherine Johnson (1918), Kim Basinger (1953), Robert Zemeckis (1952), Babe Ruth (1895), Oliver Stone (1946), and George Clooney (1961). After him are Milton H. Erickson (1901), Joan Crawford (1904), Louisa May Alcott (1832), Gordon Allport (1897), Tennessee Williams (1911), and Cliff Burton (1962).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Stephen Hillenburg ranks 15Before him are John Ford (1894), Tim Burton (1958), Brian De Palma (1940), Sydney Pollack (1934), Robert Zemeckis (1952), and Oliver Stone (1946). After him are Terry Gilliam (1940), Chuck Jones (1912), John Huston (1906), George A. Romero (1940), William Hanna (1910), and Howard Hawks (1896).