Films like Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, have become known as trademarks of Johnny Depp. But apart from the actor Pirates of the Caribbean, they have another fact in common, namely some of the best works of director ace Tim Burton, a filmmaker known for several weird, eccentric and dark fantasy movies.
Tim Burton has built a solid reputation for his films and productions and has had great success in becoming one of the ten most successful directors in Hollywood history. He is not only a director but also an author, producer, and artist. There is so much to know about Tim Burton, and in this article, we have gathered everything you need to know. Read on to find out more.
Who is Tim Burton and How Old is He?
Tim Burton was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California as Timothy Walter Burton, son of parents Jean Burton and William Burton. He was born into a middle-class family and fell in love with the process of filmmaking as a child when he began making short films using stop-motion animation techniques.
For his education, he attended Providencia Elementary School and Burbank High School. In high school, he was a member of the school’s water polo team. At the end of his basic education, he enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts where he studied character animation.
While at the California Institute of the Arts, Tim Burton shot one of his early projects, a short film, Stalk of the Celery Monster, which attracted the attention of Walt Disney Studios. He soon began animator training at the studio and worked in various roles in the production process for films such as The Fox and the Dog, The Black Cauldron and Tron.
During his time at Disney, his experience and career grew as he shot his first short animated film Vincent for the studio and also his first live-action short film Frankenweenie. His first feature-length project, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, was released in 1985. Since then, Tim Burton has directed several films, many of which have become classic Hollywood projects, such as Batman and Batman Returns. Others include Corpse Bride, Planet of the Apes and Beetlejuice.
In addition to his work as a film director, Tim Burton is also known as a writer, production designer, and animator. As a writer, Tim Burton has also written and published several books, including The Art of Tim Burton and The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.
Tim Burton was married to only one woman, Lena Gieseke, all his life. They were married for a short time between 1987 and 1991. During their time together they had no children. After the end of his first marriage, he was reluctant to go back to the altar, but he had two important relationships. The first was with Lisa Marie Smith, a model, and actress between 1993 and 2001, and during their time together she starred in a number of his films.
In the same year, after their relationship ended, he began a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, an English actress who also appeared in several of his works, particularly in major works such as Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demonic Barber of Fleet Street.
During their time together Tim Burton and Helena had two children, Billy Raymond, a son, and Nell, a daughter. They were both born in 2003 and 2007 respectively. They were finally separated in December 2014.
If your films have made over $4 billion at the box office worldwide, then you are certainly worth a considerable amount of money, and that is the financial story of Tim Burton, who has a net worth of $140 million.
He has earned a considerable income from films, books and his works of art, which include his drawings, paintings and photographs.
Other Facts About Tim Burton
His films have earned him several awards and nominations, including more than 20 Oscar nominations, and he won for films such as Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow.
His artwork has been exhibited in museums around the world including the MoMa, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art, and several other museums.
Tim Burton is known for regularly working with a few actors such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee. He also works regularly with the composer Danny Elfman.