Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg
Celebrated Name: Stephen Hillenburg
Real Name/Full Name: Stephen McDannell Hillenburg
Gender: Male
Age at the time of death: 57 years old
Birth Date: 21 August 1961
Date of Death: 26 November 2018
Birth Place: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.73 m
Weight: 79 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Karen Umland (m. 1998)
Children: Yes (Clay Hillenburg)
Profession: Animator, Voice actor, and Marine science educator
Net Worth in 2024: $120 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Stephen Hillenburg was a well-known American based cartoonist, former marine biologist, and animator. He was best recognized for being a maker of the television series entitled as SpongeBob SquarePants, which was produced, directed, and written by him.

Maybe you know about Stephen Hillenburg very well But do you know how old was he at the time of his death and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Stephen Hillenburg’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life

Stephen Hillenburg was born in the year 1961 in Fort Sill, known as a United States Army post running in Lawton, located in Oklahoma. Here, his father, named Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr., was serving the U.S. military. Moreover, his mother, named Nancy, trained visually-impaired students.

While he was a kid of age one year, his family relocated to Orange County, located n California. Here, his father started a career being a draftsman as well as a designer in the aerospace industry. Moreover, his younger brother named Bryan has followed their father’s footsteps, transforming as a draftsman as well as a designer.

Hillenburg appeared in Savanna High School running in Anaheim, defining himself as a “band geek” and who performed on the trumpet. Later, he joined Humboldt State University inside Arcata, located in California, working as a marine science major.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 21 August 1961, Stephen Hillenburg was 57 years old at the time of his death. His height was 1.73 m tall and weighed 79 Kg.


Stephen Hillenburg started off his career professionally in the year 1984, teaching marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute. Here, he has written The Intertidal Zone, known as an educational comic book regarding tide-pool animals, the one which he applied to train his students.

In the year 1989, after a span of two years of leaving teaching, he got registered at the California Institute of the Arts in order to follow a career in the field of animation. Later, he has presented a job on the Nickelodeon based animated TV series entitled Rocko’s Modern Life (from the period of 1993 till 1996).

It is known that this was after his success through short films, namely The Green Beret as well as Wormholes, which he created when studying animation.

In the year 1994, he has started creating The Intertidal Zone-based characters as well as some concepts for what turned as SpongeBob SquarePants. This show got premiered in the year 1999 and continued airing since then. Moreover, he too directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which he basically planned to be the series finale.

Though, Nickelodeon sought to generate higher episodes, so he has resigned as the showrunner. He has gone back to creating short films, along with Hollywood Blvd., USA.

Awards & Achievements:

For SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg got nominated for a total of 17 Emmy Awards, getting a win in categories of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program as well as Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation in the years 2010 and 2014, correspondingly.

This cartoonist’s show has, too, gained many other awards as well as nominations, comprising 17 Annie Award nominations, getting the win six times, and even winning two different British Academy Children’s Awards, from four nominations.

In the year 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants has got a win in its initial TCA Award on account of Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming nomination.

Net Worth & Salary of Stephen Hillenburg in 2024

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth 2019As of May 2024, Stephen Hillenburg has an estimated net worth of $120 million. He has made most of his fortune with his works as an animator, director, producer, writer, marine biologist, and voice artist.

He earned well by getting famed for making a series entitled as SpongeBob SquarePants. He has imparted marine biology inside Dana Point, located in California. He earned since he began an animation career in the year 1992 at CalArts.

Moreover, he possesses a production company named United Plankton Pictures. Prior to SpongeBob, he has served on The Green Beret and Mother Goose and Grimm in the year 1991 and Wormholes in the year 1992. He is presently serving on a short film named Hollywood Blvd., USA.

Stephen Hillenburg was one of the few successful cartoonists and animators who has attained a popularity for many decades of his career. He was proficient in teaching marine biology, and till now, he has worked in jobs of animations in many TV series, which get premiered.


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