Tim Burton

Tim Burton

Aug. 25th, 1958
Born in
Burbank, California, USA
5' 11 1/2"

Tim Burton's Main TV Roles

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At the Movies (AU) TV Show
At the Movies (AU)
Exposure TV Show

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His early film career was fueled by almost unbelievable good luck, but it's his talent and originality that have kept him at the top of the Hollywood tree. Tim Burton began drawing at an early age, going on to attend the California Institute of the Arts, studying animation after being awarded a fellowship from Disney, for whom he went on to work. Although he found that the mainstream Disney films he worked on (The Fox and the Hound (1981)) were far removed from his own sensibility, Disney let him have the freedom to work on his own personal projects, the six-minute animated black-and-white Gothic Vincent Price (I) tribute Vincent (1982), and the 27-minute live-action Frankenweenie (1984), which was judged unsuitable for children and never released. However, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) saw it and decided that Burton, still only in his mid-twenties, would be the ideal person to direct his feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985). An enormous (and surprise) box-office hit, it led to the supernatural comedy Beetle Juice (1988), which in turn led to Burton being entrusted with the reins on the hugely expensive Batman (1989). Although his least personal film, it was one of the most successful films of all time, and gave him unprecedented power in Hollywood considering the originality and adventurousness of his work thus far. Edward Scissorhands (1990), another hit, saw him at the peak of his creative powers and established a fruitful working relationship with actor Johnny Depp. Batman Returns (1992) was a far darker and quirkier film than the original, a reflection of how much creative freedom Burton had won (though Warner Bros were reputedly unhappy with the final result). And although Ed Wood (1994), his loving tribute to the life and work of the legendary Worst Director of All Time, Edward D. Wood Jr., was a box-office disaster, it garnered some of the best reviews of Burton's career, and suggests that he'll continue dazzling audiences for many years to come.

  • Was originally set to do a re-make of _Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (1920)_ (qv) in the early 1980s.
  • Credits his former fiancée, 'Lisa Marie (I)' (qv), as his muse. She is often in his projects (_Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv), _Mars Attacks! (1996)_ (qv), _Sleepy Hollow (1999)_ (qv), _The World of Stainboy (2000)_ (qv), _Planet of the Apes (2001)_ (qv)) or is paid homage in them (she was the inspiration for _The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)_ (qv)'s Sally).
  • 'Johnny Depp' (qv) is a godfather of his son Billy Ray Burton.
  • Is a big fan of Italian director 'Mario Bava' (qv). He once said he would like to remake Bava's classic _La maschera del demonio (1960)_ (qv) with his former partner 'Lisa Marie (I)' (qv). He also appeared in two documentaries about Bava.
  • He has an interest in clowns, and his films will often include them or make reference to them.
  • Was working on a documentary about 'Vincent Price (I)' (qv), called "Conversations with Vincent". After Price's death in 1993 he shelved the project and it has never been completed.
  • Is scheduled to direct the Broadway musical version of his film _Batman (1989)_ (qv).
  • Was slated to direct _The Fly (1986)_ (qv) with 'Michael Keaton' (qv) in the lead role, but he backed out and 'David Cronenberg' (qv) took over.

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