Tim Burton

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Despite his contrarian artiste nature and indie filmmaker persona, director Tim Burton helmed some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history. With his roots in drawing and animation, Burton crafted over his ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1958 in Burbank, California, USA

Filmography

Director (24)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiars 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(co-director) (Director)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Vincent and Me 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Frankenweenie 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Vincent 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (TV Show)

Director

Monsterpocalypse (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (15)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

9 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beetlejuice 1985 - 1987, 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Family Dog 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (12)

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Exposure (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(based on an original idea by) (Source Material)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Frankenweenie 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vincent 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Vincent 1981 (Movie)

animation (Animator)
Other (1)

Vincent 1981 (Movie)

narrative poetry (Other)

Biography

Despite his contrarian artiste nature and indie filmmaker persona, director Tim Burton helmed some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history. With his roots in drawing and animation, Burton crafted over his career distinctly designed films that reflected the gothic horror influences of his youth. Starting with "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" (1985), Burton quickly developed a reputation for a surreal artistic vision that often overshadowed narrative necessities. But his films were financially successful, leading to him directing the first two installments of the lucrative Dark Knight series, "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992). With "Ed Wood" (1994), however, Burton finally earned the respect of critics with his comically optimistic look at a befuddling filmmaker (Johnny Depp) prone to cross-dressing and making bad movies. Further cementing his reputation as a visual artist of the highest caliber, Burton lent his dark, deft touch to the likes of "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), "Big Fish" (2003) and the acclaimed macabre musical, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007). Three years later, the director delivered the smash hit "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), quickly followed by "Dark Shadows" (2012) and "Frankenweenie" (2012). Once considered an eccentric outsider, Burton had, without a doubt, evolved in to one of Hollywood's most admired and successful filmmakers with an instantly recognizable point of view.

Relationships

Bill Burton

Father
Worked as Burbank, CA parks official after retiring from baseball due to an injury Died 2000

Jean Burton

Mother
Owned a cat accessory and novelty items store Died 2002

Nell Burton

Daughter
Born Dec. 15, 2007 in London; mother, Helena Bonham Carter

Billy Burton

Son
Born Oct. 4, 2003 in London; mother, Helena Bonham Carter

Daniel Burton

Brother

Helena Bonham Carter Actor

Companion
Met when Burton directed Bonham Carter in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) Began dating in October 2001

Lena Gieseke

Wife
Married Feb. 24, 1989 Divorced Dec. 31, 1991

Lisa Marie Actor

Companion
Together from 1992-2001 Reportedly were engaged Burton directed Marie in "Ed Wood" (1994), "Mars Attacks!" (1996), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), and "Planet of the Apes" (2001)

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1979 - 1980
Enrolled in the Disney animation program; received scholarship for second year

Milestones

2012

Directed full-length animated feature "Frankenweenie" based on his 1984 short film

2012

Once again directed Depp (as Barnabas Collins) in feature remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"

2010

Directed the fantasy adventure film "Alice in Wonderland," an extension of the Lewis Carroll novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

2009

Produced the animated sci-fi film "9"

2007

Directed "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," the feature adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical; re-teamed with longtime collaborator Depp who played the title role; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for a Motion

2005

Reteamed with Johnny Depp (as Willy Wonka) to remake Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

2005

Helmed the animated feature "Corpse Bride," featuring the voices of Depp and Helena Bonham Carter; received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature

2003

Directed "Big Fish," a life-affirming story about fathers and sons starring Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor

2001

Helmed the remake of "Planet of the Apes," starring Mark Wahlberg

1999

Reteamed with Depp (as Ichabod Crane) in "Sleepy Hollow," adapted from Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Directed first TV commercial, pitching Hollywood Gum for the European market

1996

Produced Selick's stop-motion animated feature "James and the Giant Peach"

1996

Produced and directed "Mars Attacks!"; second film with Nicholson, who played dual role of U.S. President and a sleazy Las Vegas car dealer

1995

Turned the directing reins over to Joel Schumacher but retained his connection to the franchise as a producer of "Batman Forever"

1994

Second feature with Depp starring as the title role in "Ed Wood"

1993

Produced "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," a 72-minute animated musical feature, directed by stop-motion guru and friend Henry Selick

1992

Helmed "Batman Returns," starring Danny De Vito as the Penguin; Reubens showed up in cameo as the Penguin's father

1992

Feature acting debut in Cameron Crowe's "Singles"

1990

First feature producing credit, "Edward Scissorhands," starring Johnny Depp and Ryder; also directed

1989

Founded Tim Burton Productions

1989

Helmed the enormously popular "Batman," starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Keaton as the Caped Crusader

1988

First collaboration with Michael Keaton, Wynona Ryder and Jeffrey Jones, "Beetlejuice"

1985

Feature directing debut, "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" starring Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman); also marked first collaboration with music composer Danny Elfman

1984

Made live-action short "Frankenweenie" about a boy who brings his deceased dog back to life; film inspired Paul Reubens to give him his first feature directing assignment

1982

Released first animated (stop-motion) short film "Vincent"; won several film festival awards

After graduating from art school, worked as animator at Walt Disney Studios

Designed anti-litter poster that won top prize in local California refuse company contest, while still in high school; Burton's artwork adorned Burbank garbage trucks for one year

Bonus Trivia

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On the apoplectic response to "Batman Returns" and parental upset about a McDonald's merchandising tie-in: "I mean, I'm sorry, but I didn't ask to put this stuff on the side of a McDonald's carton. Besides, why aren't these people objecting to the junk McDonald's is pushing as food? I felt the whole controvery was simply remnants of the whole family values baloney. These movies are people running around in bad costumes. How relevant are we being here?" – Burton to the Daily News, Oct. 12, 1993

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"Kind of sad, really, the way they experience the seasons in California, walking down the aisles at Thrifty's." – Burton on Christmas in California, quoted in People, Nov. 22, 1993

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"I enjoyed working with animation a little," he says. "But I love actors and sets and all of that. It's just more fun. No matter what you're doing, you stand back, and it's like there are all these people standing around in funny clothes looking at you. Maybe I seem to them like the most foul-tempered, sealed-off zombie creature, but I get such incredible joy. It's like a wonderful, absurd dream." – Burton quoted in Time, Nov. 24, 2003

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"Tim is a genius and I don't use that word lightly. The definition of a great artist is someone who doesn't care much what other people think. Tim cares what people think of his movies but he has that core essence, that compulsion, to do his art. I accept that about him. And his instincts are unerring. I've never seen them to be wrong on any small or large decision. Ever. His instincts emanate from a place that's very pure, truly artistic." – producer Denise Di Novi to Movieline, June 1994

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"'Beetlejuice' was really the only movie I've done that gave me that feeling of, 'F*ck everybody!' I could just do what I wanted and that felt great. There's really no plot to it, but that's common in many of my movies!" – Burton to Empire, September 2005

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"There are a lot of projects that explore the dark side of suburbia and there is a reason for it because there is a dark side," Burton continues. "It’s got that mask of normalcy which is truly disturbing." – to The London Times, Oct. 28, 2006

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"There are people who pretend like they know movies. But if somebody really knew movies, every film he made would be a success." – Burton to Esquire, January 2008

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