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Stephen Hillenburg

Writer, Producer
21 August 1961 to 26 November 2018

An American animator, writer and producer behind the global sensation SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2018), Hillenburg was fascinated with the ocean and created the show after deciding to animate a comic he’d drawn a decade earlier. Hillenburg directed the character’s big screen debut The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) before stepping back from the series into an advisory role.

Read Stephen Hillenburg's Guardian obituary here.