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Stephen Hillenburg

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Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg
General Information
Birth: Stephen McDannel Hillenburg
August 21, 1961 (age 54)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Series Information
Credits: Creator
Executive producer
Storyboard director
Portrays: Potty the Parrot
Years: 1999-2004; 2015-present
List of episode credits

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg[1] (born August 21, 1961) is an American animator and the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. He has returned as a SpongeBob SquarePants crew member as of after the second movie. He was also the early voice of Potty the Parrot and is the one who made all the show's episodes possible.

Hillenburg also played the ukulele on some of the original music composed for the show, including the "Best Day Ever" special.



Episode Credit(s)
Season 1
1a - "Help Wanted" Writer, Storyboard Director, Executive Producer
1b - "Reef Blower" Writer, Storyboard Director, Executive Producer
2a - "Bubblestand" Writer, Executive Producer
Season 9
190a - "Lost in Bikini Bottom" Executive Producer
190b - "Tutor Sauce" Executive Producer
191a - "Squid Plus One" Executive Producer
191b - "The Executive Treatment" Executive Producer
192a - "Company Picnic" Executive Producer
192b - "Pull Up a Barrel" Executive Producer
193a - "Sanctuary!" Executive Producer
193b - "What's Eating Patrick?" Executive Producer
194a - "Patrick! The Game" Executive Producer
194b - "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom" Executive Producer
List of episode credits


Episode Credit(s)
F1 - "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" Executive producer, Writer
F2 - "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" Executive producer, Story Writer, Voice of Baby in Stroller
List of episode credits

Amusement rides

Episode Credit(s)
- "SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue!" Writer
List of episode credits


in Help Wanted, Hillenburg's last name is misspelled as "Hilleburg."

    • "Ok everybody. One last time. Steve Hillenburg is coming back to the show in January, Your collective dreams are coming true." - Paul Tibbitt's Twitter
  • He is also a marine biologist.
  • He has been sued by Troy Walker (see below).


  • 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 [2] .[3] 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.


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

SpongeBob SquarePants Meet the Creator Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon Animation Studio


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Cast and Crew (VTE)

Bill FagerbakkeCarolyn LawrenceClancy BrownDee Bradley BakerDoug LawrenceDennis QuaidFrank WelkerJill TalleyJoe WhyteGrey DeLisleLori AlanMary Jo CatlettRodger BumpassSirena IrwinTom KennyGuest stars

Aaron SpringerAlan SmartAndrea RomanoAndrew GoodmanAndrew OvertoomAdam PaloianBlake LemonsBob CampBrad VandergriftBruce HellerCaleb MeurerCarson KuglerCasey AlexanderCatherine SimmondsC.H. GreenblattChris MitchellChris ReccardiChuck KleinClint BondDave CunninghamDavid FainDani MichaeliDan PovenmireDerek DrymonDerek IversenDerek L'estrangeDoug LawrenceEban SchletterEdgar LarrazábalEduardo AcostaEnnio Torresan, Jr.Eric ShawErik WieseFrank WeissFred MillerFred OsmondGarrett HoGreg MillerGregor F. NarholzHeather MartinezIan GrahamJack PendarvisJanice TolentinoJay LenderJim SchumannJoe WierengaJohn MagnessKaren HeathwoodKazKent OsborneKris WimberlyKyle McCullochLarry LeichliterLloyd AhlquistLuke BrookshierLynne NaylorMarc CeccarelliMarcelo SouzaMarco CinelloMark CaballeroMark O'HareMaureen MascarinaMerriwether WilliamsMike RothMike BellMonica DavilaMonica TomovaNate CashNick CrossOctavio RodriguezPaul TibbittPeter BurnsPeter ShukoffPhilip HarrisRichard PurselRobertryan CoryRob RosenSeamus WalshSaeid ZameniateniSean CharmatzSean DempseySherm CohenStephen HillenburgSteve FontiSteven BanksSyd DaleThaddeus Paul CouldronTim HillTim ParsonsTeale Reon WangTed SekoTodd WhiteTom KingTom YasumiTuck TuckerVincent WallerVirginia HawesWalt DohrnWilliam ReissZeus Cervas

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