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Stephen Hillenburg Wiki

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Stephen Hillenburg Wiki: 26th November, Stephen Hillenburg Creator of ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Dies aged 57

Stephen Hillenburg Bio

Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was born on 21st August 1961  and died on 26th November  2018. He was an American cartoonist, animator, and former marine biologist and teacher. He was the creator of the Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–), which he has also directed, produced, and written. It has gone on to become one of the longest-running American television series as well as the highest-rated show ever to air on Nickelodeon.

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In 1994, Hillenburg began developing The Intertidal Zone characters and concepts for what became SpongeBob SquarePants. The show premiered in 1999 and has aired since then. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), which he originally intended to be the series finale. However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes, so Hillenburg resigned as the showrunner. He went back to making short films, with Hollywood Blvd., USA (2013). In 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water premiered; the sequel to the 2004 film, it marked Hillenburg’s return to the show, after he co-wrote the story.

Besides his two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg has also received other recognition, such as an accolade from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness, and the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society. Despite this, he has been involved in public controversies, including one that centered on speculation over the SpongeBob character’s intended sexual orientation, and a lawsuit that was filed against him.

Stephen Hillenburg Wife, Children, Personal Life

Hillenburg was married to Karen Hillenburg (née Umland), a chef who teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California. He deemed her wife as the funniest person that he knew. The couple had a son named Clay (born c. 1998). Hillenburg formerly resided in Hollywood and in Pasadena and lived with his family in San Marino, California until his death.
Hillenburg’s hobbies included surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and performing “noisy rock music” on his guitar. He jammed with his son who is a drummer which, according to Hillenburg, is “a great way to bond with each other.” He also enjoyed bird watching at home, but said that he was always “an ocean freak”.

As per his colleagues, Hillenburg was “a perfectionist workaholic”. He was also known for his private nature. Julia Pistor, co-producer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, noted that Hillenburg was “very shy”. She went on to say, “He doesn’t want people to know about his life or family. He’s just a really funny, down-to-earth guy with a dry sense of humor who puts his family first and keeps us on our toes in keeping our corporate integrity.” Hillenburg said about himself, “I make animation films because I like to draw and create things. I have no real interest to be on camera or to be a celebrity. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I like having my privacy

Stephen Hillenburg Illness, death and Cause of death

In March 2017, Hillenburg disclosed to the Variety magazine that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness that affects and causes the death of neurons that control the brain and the spinal cord. He released a statement to the publication, in which he said that he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants “for as long as [he is] able.” He added, “My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.” At the time, Hillenburg was currently in the early stages of the disease, according to a source close to him.

Hillenburg died on 26th November 2018 from complications from ALS.

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