Stephen Hillenburg

Animator American

Stephen Hillenburg[1] (born August 21, 1961, age 57) is an American animator, writer, producer, actor, voice actor, and director. He is best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Hillenburg in 2011
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg

(1961-08-21)August 21, 1961
Other namesSteve Hillenburg
Alma materHumboldt State University
OccupationMarine biologist, scientist, teacher, animator, television director, television producer, writer
Years active1991–2018
Known forRocko's Modern Life,
SpongeBob SquarePants,
The Intertidal Zone
Spouse(s)Karen Hillenburg
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Hillenburg was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma at a United States Army base. He died at age 57.


  1. "People Search: Hillenburg, Stephen". Veromi. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.