Tim Burton

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Burbank, California, USA

Tim Burton is 5' 11½" (1.82 m) and is an American film director, film producer, poet, writer and stop motion artist from 1972 to present. His birth name is Timothy Walter Burton and was born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California, USA. He was born to mother Jean Burton and father Bill Burton. His mother owned a gift shop that had a cat theme, and his father was a minor league baseball player who later work for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He enjoyed filmmaking at a young age. He would make short films in his backyard by shooting them on 8mm film without sound and using crude stop motion animation techniques. He was 13 years old when he made The Island of Doctor Agor which is now his oldest juvenile film. He was not a good student while studying at Burbank High School, but very artistic. He graduated from Burbank High school and study character animation at California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California. He made Stalk of the Celery Monster and King and Octopus as a student in CalArts in college.

Walt Disney Productions' animation liked Stalk of the Celery Monster and offered the young Tim Burton to be an apprentice at the Disney Studios. He worked as a concept artist on The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron. He worked for Disney for less than a year because his ideas and personal style clashed with Disney’s style, so he began working by himself.

He is best known for fantasy films and dark horror movies such as Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Batman Returns, Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryAlice in Wonderland, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Dark Shadows, Batman, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Frankenweenie and Planet of the Apes.

He was married to German born artist Lena Gieseke from February 24, 1989 to December 31, 1991. He left Lena to live with actress and model Lisa Marie Smith from 1991 to 2001. He never remarried and Lisa acted in Tim’s films (Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow and Planet of the Apes) during their relationship. He now lives with domestic partner, English actress Helena Bonham Carter since 2001. He met Helena while filming Planet of the Apes. Helena has been seen in many of Tim’s movies. Helena and Tim have two children together. Their son Billy Raymond was born in 2003 and they named him after Tim’s and Helena's fathers. Their daughter named Nell was born in 2007.

Tim and actor Johnny Depp have worked together on many films and became good friends when they did their first film together. Johnny Depp is a godfather of both of Burton's children. Johnny Depp said "What more can I say about him? He is a brother, a friend, my godson's father. He is a unique and brave soul, someone that I would go to the ends of the earth for, and I know, full and well, he would do the same for me."

About Tim Burton

He has over 700 paintings, drawings, and other artwork at New York City's Museum of Modern Art in 2009 and 2010.

Director Tim Burton Movies / Films:

Dark Shadows (2012) Alice in Wonderland (2010) aka Alice, Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience (2010) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) aka Sweeney Todd (2007) Corpse Bride (2005) aka Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) Planet of the Apes (2001) aka Return of the Apes, The Visitor (2001) Sleepy Hollow (1999) Mars Attacks! (1996) Batman Returns (1992) aka Batman 2 (1992) Edward Scissorhands (1990) Batman (1989) Beetlejuice (1988) aka The Maitlands (1988) Beetlejuice 2

Reviewed Movies Directed by Tim Burton

  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)

    Alice in Wonderland 2010

    Alice in Wonderland (2010) is an American family fantasy movie filled with adventure, colors and an ample amount of CGI that was overused. The visual style and special effects were pleasing to the eyes…

  • Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

    Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007

    Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd." Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly…

  • Corpse Bride (2005)

    Corpse Bride 2005

    Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride stars Disney favorite Johnny Depp from The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. While a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the presence…

  • Planet of the Apes (2001)

    Planet of the Apes 2001

    After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to…

  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)

    Sleepy Hollow 1999

    Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) weaves an eerie, enchanting version of the classic tale of horror. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean 1 & 2) is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric…

  • Mars Attacks! (1996)

    Mars Attacks! 1996

    Mars Attacks! (1996) is an American sci-fi comedy movie that is a parody of sci-fi grade B movies containing black comedy and political satire. Mars Attacks! filmed from February to November 1996 in several…

  • Batman Returns (1992)

    Batman Returns 1992

    The legendary hero returns to do battle against the mysterious Cat Woman and the diabolical Penguin -- who, with the help of his evil band of vandals, has a plan to destroy Gotham City as well as Batman.

  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)

    Edward Scissorhands 1990

    Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden…

  • Batman (1989)

    Batman 1989

    After witnessing his parents brutal murder as a child, millionaire-philanthropist Bruce Wayne pledges his life to fighting crime disguised as Batman. His long-time nemesis, The Joker, has sinister plans…

  • Beetlejuice (1988)

    Beetlejuice 1988

    I grew up watching Beetlejuice. The horror film is dark, funny and twisted. Tim Burton did a fantastic job and Michael Keaton plays Beetlejuice amazingly. The story is a little blah but you will…