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Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg was born on August 21, 1961 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA as Stephen McDannell Hillenburg. He is a writer, known for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). He is married to Karen Hillenburg. They have one child. See full bio »

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  SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series) (2 episodes, 2011) (creator - 168 episodes, 1999 - 2016) (writer - 32 episodes, 1999 - 2004) (written by - 2 episodes, 1999)
- Factory Fresh (2016) ... (creator)
- Whirlybrains/Mermaidpants (2016) ... (creator)
- Snail Mail/Food Con Castaways (2016) ... (creator)
- Sandy's Nutmare/Bulletin Board (2016) ... (creator)
- Pineapple Invasion/Salsa Imbecilicus (2016) ... (creator)
 2015 Smurfs-Parody (Short) (characters)
 2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (series "SpongeBob SquarePants") / (story)
 2011 Nicktoons MLB (Video Game) (characters: Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, Larry the Lobster & The Flying Dutchman)
 2008 SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom (Video Game) (characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Plankton, Gary the Snail - uncredited)
 2008 SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (Video Game) (characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star - uncredited)
 2007 Diggs Tailwagger (TV Movie) (additional writing)
 2006 Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island (Video Game) (characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles - uncredited)
 2005 SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2005 Nicktoons Unite (Video Game) (characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Plankton, Gary the Snail - uncredited)
 2004 SpongeBob SquarePants: A Day in the Life of a Sponge (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2004 The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (story) / (television series SpongeBob SquarePants) / (written by)
 2004 SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ride (Short) (characters)
 2003 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2003 Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D (Video Game)
 2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge (Video Game) (characters - uncredited)
  Rocko's Modern Life (TV Series) (additional writing - 18 episodes, 1993 - 1996) (story - 8 episodes, 1994 - 1996) (writer - 3 episodes, 1996)
- Turkey Time/Floundering Fathers (1996) ... (story - segment "Turkey Time") / (writer)
- Put to Pasture/Future Schlock (1996) ... (story) / (writer)
- Dumbells/Rug Birds (1996) ... (story - segment "Dumbells") / (writer)
- Heff in a Handbasket/Wallaby on Wheels (1996) ... (story - segment "Heff in a Handbasket")
- Closet Clown/Seat to Stardom (1996) ... (story - segment "Closet Clown")
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Alternate Names:

Stephen Hilleburg | Stephen Hillenberg | Steve Hillenburg

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At first I drew a few natural sponges -- amorphous shapes, blobs -- which was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine science teacher. Then I drew a square sponge and it looked so funny. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize. He seemed to fit the character type I was looking for. [Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2001] See more »


As a child he loved the films of Jacques Cousteau, so Stephen Hillenburg earned a degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis in marine resources from Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) in 1984. For three years he taught marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute (now known as the Orange County Ocean Institute), in Dana Point, California. He had ... See more »

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