To make a career out of his hobby is a dream that everyone would like to realize. When he grew up, his hobbies were painting, drawing, and watching movies. With about four decades of his life dedicated to filmmaking, Tim Burton is now one of the most successful filmmakers the film industry has ever seen.
Tim Burton’s Biography
Tim Burton is an American film director, author, artist, and producer. He was born on 25 August 1958 in Burbank, California, USA, the son of Bill Burton and Jean Burton. Tim is a graduate of the California Institute of Arts. He began his career at the Walt Disney Studio, where he took on a job as an apprentice animator, setting the pace for an incredible career of multi-talented talent. So far he has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a director, producer, author, poet, and stop-motion artist. With over forty years of experience in the film industry, some of his most successful films include Batman, Batman Returns, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Planets of Apes, Pee-wee’s big adventure, Alice in Wonderland.
During his early days in pre-school, during his time at Burbank High School, Tim was considered an average student who had no interest in the regular curriculum. Instead, he had a passion for painting, drawing, and watching films. He started making movies at a very young age. At the age of 13, he made a film called The Island of Doctor Agnor, in which he used rough stop-motion animation. The short film is his oldest surviving film.
He enrolled at the California Institute of Arts and took a course in character animation. During his time at the institute, Tim shot the films King and Octopus and Stalk of the Celery Monster.
During his time at Disney, he made a short film called Vincent, which earned him a positive response and also an award. The film was shown at the Chicago Film Festival. Next came his first live-action production Hänsel and Gretel. Frankenweenie was his next live-action short film, which he shot in 1984. It was his last tour of duty at Disney. The great adventure of Pee-wee followed, which marked the first collaboration between him and songwriter Danny Elfman. The movie became a huge success and gave him the chance to shoot more successful movies like Batman, which became one of the biggest box office hits of all time. In the 1990s, he made the film Edward Scissorhands, a film that was rated by most people as his best shoot among the others.
Batman brought him so much attention that he designed the sequel Batman Returns, which was broadcast in 1992 and received the same positive ratings as Batman Returns. The next film from the Batman franchise, Batman Forever, was produced in 1994 under the direction of Joel Schumacher. It became a blockbuster hit that brought in more than 336 million dollars at the box office.
Other films he made in the 1990s were James and the Giant Peach, Sleepy Hollow, Superman lives, Mars attacks, Cabin Boy and Ed Wood. In the 2000s he started his next projects, Planets of the Apes and Big Fish. The latter was based on the novel Großer Fisch. The film was a success and received four Golden Globe nominations and one Oscar nomination.
In his nearly four decades of career, he has earned much prestigious recognition and awards such as Emmy, Golden Globe, and many others.
Tim has made a lot of money with his four decades of a filmmaking career. He earns about 25 million dollars annually with his films. The net assets of the multiple award-winning filmmaker amount to 140 million dollars.
Burton’s divorced. He divorced his first wife, the German-born artist Lena Gieseke, in 1991. The couple was married for about three years between 1989-1991. After his divorce, he was with Lisa Marie from 1992-2001. She was the actress in two of Tim’s films, Ed Wood and Mars Attacks. In 2001 he met actress Helena Bonham Carter when he was filming Planet of the Apes. The couple had two children together. Their son Billy Raymond was born in 2003 and their daughter Nell was born in 2007. The couple never married, but lived together as a couple for thirteen years and finally separated in 2014. Tim Burton is currently single but does his best as a loving and caring father to his children.
- Tim Burton has a chimpanzee phobia.
- He has directed and produced dozens of films.
- Tim is divorced.
- He has two children from his thirteen-year relationship with the actress Helena Carter.
- He’s from Burbank, California.
- He stands at a height of 1.82 meters.
- His star sign is Virgo.