47 Facts About Stephen Hillenburg

1. Stephen Hillenburg created "SpongeBob SquarePants" with an eye toward joyful innocence.

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2. In 1998, [149] Stephen Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures, a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media.

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3. At that point, Stephen Hillenburg had not even considered creating his own series: [19] "After watching Joe [Murray] tear his hair out a lot, dealing with all the problems that came up, I thought I would never want to produce a show of my own.

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4. In 1989, [23] Stephen Hillenburg enrolled in the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts: [13] "Changing careers like that is scary, but the irony is that animation is a pretty healthy career right now and science education is more of a struggle", he admitted.

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5. Stephen Hillenburg held various jobs in 1984, after graduating from college, including park service attendant in Utah and art director in San Francisco, before landing the job he wanted—teaching children.

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6. Stephen Hillenburg went to Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, as a marine-science major.

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7. Stephen Hillenburg attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, [13] [26] describing himself as a " band geek " who played the trumpet.

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8. Stephen Hillenburg made many short films out of which two films, The Green Beret and Wormholes were granted.

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9. In 1987, Stephen Hillenburg pursued a degree in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia and earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1992.

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10. In 1984, Stephen Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, with an emphasis on Marine Resources.

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11. Stephen Hillenburg passed away on November 26, 2018 due to complications linked to ALS.

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12. Stephen Hillenburg earned a special Emmy Award earlier this year for his work in the animation field.

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13. Stephen Hillenburg is survived by his wife, Karen, their son, Clay, his mother, Nancy, and his brother, Brian.

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14. Stephen Hillenburg will forever be linked with SpongeBob Squarepants, the beloved series which premiered way back in May of 1999 on Nickelodeon.

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15. Stephen Hillenburg was against celebrities providing guest voices for his creation, out of fear of a comparison to The Simpsons.

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16. Stephen Hillenburg liked to draw, and created a comic book called Intertidial Zone for the Institute, which starred an early version of SpongeBob.

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17. Stephen Hillenburg has a degree in natural resource planning with a marine resources emphasis, and he used to teach Marine Biology at the Orange County Marine Institute.

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18. Stephen Hillenburg owns a production company called United Plankton Pictures whose primary productions are SpongeBob SquarePants and related media.

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19. Stephen Hillenburg is survived by his wife of 20 years, Karen, and their son Clay.

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20. Stephen Hillenburg animated a few episodes of SpongeBob, and generally thinks of the show as his very first creation under his own control, as he denies that he ever created Rocko's Modern Life, as it was Viacom's idea, not his.

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21. Stephen Hillenburg is the first Princess Grace Award winner to gift the Foundation with a scholarship.

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22. Stephen Hillenburg married his love of marine life with animation to create the seminal series, SpongeBob SquarePants.

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23. Stephen Hillenburg announced last year he was battling ALS and died at age 57 on November 26, 2018.

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24. Stephen Hillenburg had wanted to call SpongeBob "Spongeboy", but was foiled by a mop company.

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25. Stephen Hillenburg stripped our world back to literal cartoon versions of human behaviour.

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26. Stephen Hillenburg was born August 21, 1961, at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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27. Stephen Hillenburg left as showrunner after three seasons and the SpongeBob movie was completed, but he was synonymous with the show and served as an advisor over the years.

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28. SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at the age of 57.

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29. Stephen Hillenburg began his animation career while still teaching marine biology, creating a comic book he called The Intertidal Zone to use with his students.

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30. Stephen Hillenburg announced his ALS diagnosis in March 2017, saying he planned to continue working on the cartoon "for as long as I am able.

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31. Stephen Hillenburg wrote, produced, and directed "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie", which was released in 2004 and went on to gross over $140 million worldwide.

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32. Stephen Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources.

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33. In 2018, Stephen Hillenburg received the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards, and a special recognition at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards "for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry.

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34. Stephen Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018, from complications from ALS.

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35. Stephen Hillenburg deemed her to be the funniest person that he knew.

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36. Stephen Hillenburg was married to Karen, a chef who teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California.

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37. Stephen Hillenburg characterized it as a "personal film" and said that "it's not a narrative.

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38. Stephen Hillenburg said in 2012, "I hope to get [the film] done.

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39. In 1998, Stephen Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures, a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media.

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40. Stephen Hillenburg worked closely with Murray on Rocko's Modern Life for its whole run on the air.

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41. Stephen Hillenburg made his first animated works, short films The Green Beret and Wormholes, while at CalArts.

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42. Stephen Hillenburg said, "[Engel] was a painter, so I think he saw my paintings and could easily say, 'Oh, this guy could fit in to this program.

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43. Stephen Hillenburg was a marine-biology teacher there for three years: "We taught tide-pool ecology, nautical history, diversity and adaptation.

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44. Stephen Hillenburg went to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, as a marine-science major.

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45. Stephen Hillenburg developed his interest in art at a young age.

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46. Stephen Hillenburg said that Cousteau "provided a view into that world", which he had not known existed.

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47. Stephen Hillenburg had no recollection of life in Oklahoma, only of growing up in Anaheim, California.

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