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Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg Premiere
General Information
Birth: Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
August 21, 1961 (age 56)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Gender: Male
Series Information
Credits: Creator
Writer
Executive producer
Storyboard director
Portrays: Potty the Parrot (2000-2004)
Years: 1999-2004; 2015-present
List of episode credits

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg[1] (born August 21, 1961) is a former American marine biologist, animator and creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who left production shortly after the first movie was completed and returned upon creation of the second.

Other than behind-the-scenes work, he was the early voice of Potty the Parrot and also played the ukulele for some of the show's original music, including the "Best Day Ever" special.

It was announced he was diagnosed with ALS on March 13, 2017.[2]

Trivia

  • On May 25, 2012, Hillenburg announced that he would be writing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • Sometimes, he is referred to as "Steven or Steve Hillenburg."
  • After The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie came out, Hillenburg left the show, because that is when the show was originally supposed to end. However, Hillenburg didn't leave the show entirely, he still serves as an executive producer.[3]
  • According to Paul Tibbitt's Twitter feed, Stephen Hillenburg came back to work on the SpongeBob series in January 2015.  This was proven true as he produced some episodes from Season 9.
  • In "Help Wanted," Stephen Hillenburg was spelt as "Stephen Hilleburg."
  • He served as executive producer of the show in 2015 and onward, after being absent from the position for 10 years and two months.
  • According to Vincent Waller, he is about 5'8 feet tall.[4]
  • According to some commentary left by Stephen on the "Christmas Who?" DVD, he filmed the introductory island at a pool in his friend's house.
  • He named Karen Plankton after his wife, Karen Hillenburg.
  • He is against revealing the identity of Mrs. Krabs and has kept it a secret throughout the series.

Lawsuit

  • In 2007, Troy Walker, a cartoonist from Fairfield, California, sued Hillenburg, claiming that Hillenburg stole his ideas from Walker's 1991 comic strip, Bob Spongee, the Unemployed Sponge. Walker argued that the concept and design of Hillenburg's SpongeBob SquarePants was lifted from his "Bob Spongee" homemade toy character. In his original concept, Walker drew a face on a kitchen sponge and attached plastic googly eyes. He placed the model in a transparent bag that included the comic strip, and sold it in Northern California as collectibles at flea markets and through the mail in 1992. Walker claimed that he produced 1,000 of the "drawn-on" dolls. In 2002, after learning about SpongeBob SquarePants, Walker concluded: "It obviously fell into the hands of one of the producers of the show. It's a clear pattern of duplication." He filed the lawsuit against Hillenburg, Paramount Studios, and Nickelodeon and their parent company, Viacom, in a United States district court in San Francisco. He had demanded $1.6 billion in damages, and alleged that the accused used his idea without his permission [5] .[6] He said that "they took all of it." Walker also pointed out that the show's pilot episode, "Help Wanted" (in which an unemployed SpongeBob gets his job at the Krusty Krab), was proof that the defendants stole his concept. The settlement was later dropped after a summary judgement in Viacom's favor.

Video

SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio01:54

SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio

References

External links

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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Cast
Bill FagerbakkeCarolyn LawrenceClancy BrownDee Bradley BakerDoug LawrenceDennis QuaidFrank WelkerJill TalleyJoe WhyteLori AlanMary Jo CatlettRodger BumpassSirena IrwinTom KennyMark FiteGuest stars

Crew
Aaron SpringerAdam FayAdam PaloianAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomBlake LemonsBob CampBob JaquesBrad VandergriftBrian MoranteBrice MallierBruce HellerCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattCharlie BeanChris AllisonChris HeadrickChris MitchellChris ReccardiChuck KleinClare O'KaneClint Bond Jr.Dave CunninghamDavid FainDani MichaeliDan PovenmireDaniel DominguezDerek DrymonDerek IversenDerek L'estrangeDoug LawrenceEban SchletterEdgar LarrazábalEduardo AcostaEnnio Torresan, Jr.Eric FilipkowskiEric ShawErik WieseFrank WeissFred MillerFred OsmondGarrett HoGreg MillerGregor F. NarholzHeather MartinezHowie PerryIan GrahamIIya SkorupskyJack PendarvisJanice TolentinoJay LenderJennie MonicaJim SchumannJoe LissJoe WierengaJohn MagnessJohn TrabbicJosh AndroskyKaren HeathwoodKazKelly ArmstrongKent OsborneKris WimberlyKurt SnyderKyle McCullochLarry LeFrancisLarry LeichliterLeonard RobinsonLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike BellMike FasoloMike MitchellMike RothMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossNick JenningsOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BennettPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenRobert DressRyan KramerSam HendersonSolomon GeorgioSeamus WalshSaeid ZameniateniSean CharmatzSean DempseySherm CohenShellie O'BrienStephen HerczegStephen HillenburgSteve FontiSteven BanksSyd DaleThaddeus Paul CouldronTim HillTim ParsonsTeale Reon WangTed SekoTodd WhiteTom KingTom YasumiTuck TuckerVincent WallerVirginia HawesWalt DohrnWilliam ReissZeus Cervas

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