Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American marine biologist, marine scientist, animator, writer, producer, actor, voice actor, and director. He was best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Hillenburg in 2011
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
August 21, 1961
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||November 26, 2018 (aged 57)|
San Marino, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure complicated by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis|
|Other names||Steve Hillenburg|
|Alma mater||Humboldt State University|
|Occupation||Marine biologist, scientist, teacher, animator, television director, television producer, writer|
|Known for||Rocko's Modern Life,|
The Intertidal Zone
Hillenburg was born in Lawton, Oklahoma at a United States Army base. He was raised in Anaheim, California. He studied at Humboldt State University where he majored in marine biology and minored in arts. Hillenburg was inspired by Jacques Cousteau and Max Fleischer.
In March 2017, Hillenburg was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which is a terminal illness that affects the nervous system. He died from heart failure as a complication of the disease on November 26, 2018 in San Marino, California at the age of 57.
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- Wallenstein, Andrew (March 13, 2017). "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Creator Stephen Hillenburg Reveals ALS Diagnosis". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
- "Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Dies at 57". The Hollywood Reporter. November 27, 2018.