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Tim Burton facts: Age, wife, children, net worth and more revealed

Who is Tim Burton?

Tim Burton is an American filmmaker, animator, and artist. Known for pioneering goth culture in the American film industry, Burton is famous for his gothic horror and fantasy films.

He has received numerous accolades including an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and three BAFTA Awards.

He was honored with the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2007 and was given the Order of the Arts and Letters by Culture Minister of France in 2010.

Burton made his directorial film debut with the comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and gained prominence for Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).

Tim Burton age

How old is Tim Burton?

Tim Burton is 65 years old as of 2023. He was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California, USA, to Jean Burton and Bill Burton.

His mother was the owner of a cat-themed gift shop, while his father, a former minor league baseball player, worked for the ‘Burbank Park and Recreation Department.

He received his preliminary education from ‘Burbank High School.’ An average student, he did not have much interest in the regular curriculum and instead had an affinity towards painting, drawing, and watching films.

Tim took to filmmaking in his pre-teen years. He often indulged in making short films using the stop-motion animation techniques. One of his films titled ‘The Island of Doctor Agor’ was made when he was thirteen years old.

Completing his education at ‘Burbank High School,’ he enrolled at ‘California Institute of Arts’ to take up a course in character animation. It was while studying here that he made films like ‘Stalk of the Celery Monster’ and ‘King and Octopus.’ He graduated from the institute in 1979.

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He started his career by working as an apprentice animator at ‘Walt Disney Studios.’ However, his stay at the studio was short-lived due to the creative differences that he had with some of the executives there.

During his time at ‘Disney,’ he embarked on his solo career and made a short film titled ‘Vincent’ which was showcased at the ‘Chicago Film Festival.’ The film met with a positive response and fetched him an award too.

He followed this up with his first live-action production ‘Hansel and Gretel.’ In 1984, he released his next live-action short film ‘Frankenweenie.’ The year also marked his last term of service with ‘Disney.’

The success of his first two short films led him to direct the cinematic sequel of his popular character ‘Pee-wee Herman.’ The film was titled ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.’ The film witnessed the very first collaboration of Tim and songwriter Danny Elfman which would continue for years.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ was highly successful and provided him an opportunity to direct more such films throughout the decade. These films included ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Batman.

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Who was Tim Burton’s wife?

Tim Burton has been married only once in his life, to a German artist and special effects technician named Lena Gieseke. Their marriage ended in 1991 after four years.

Has Tim Burton had any other relationships?

Burton had a long-term relationship with model and actress Lisa Marie; she acted in the films he made during their relationship from 1992 to 2001, most notably in Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, and Mars Attacks!.

He then dated actress Helena Bonham Carter from 2001 to 2014, Bonham Carter’s representative said in December 2014 that she and Burton had broken up amicably earlier that year.

It is unclear whether or not they were married; Bonham Carter has used the word divorce when discussing the end of their relationship while other news outlets state that they never married.

The Independent reported in September 2023 that Burton and Bonham Carter had indeed been married for years before their separation, in addition to confirming that Burton is an Anglophile.

Tim Burton Children

Tim Burton Children

Tim Burton has two children with his ex-partner, actress Helena Bonham Carter. They are: Billy Ray Burton, born on October 4, 2003 and Nell Burton, born on December 15, 2007.

Billy was named after both Tim’s father William, and Helena’s dad Raymond. Nell was named “after all the Helens in the family,” The Crown actress told The Jewish Journal in 2008, via People.

Tim’s relationship with the Fight Club actress was probably his most well-known, as the two worked together on a number of projects including Sweeney Todd, Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, and other movies.

What is Tim Burton’s net worth?

According to celebrity net worth, Tim Burton is estimated to have a net worth of $100 million. Tim’s net worth would be much higher if it wasn’t for two marriages and one breakup of a long term relationship.

Tim was in a relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, without being legally married from 2001 to 2014. Their exact settlement details are not known but as an example, she received roughly $20 million worth of real estate alone after they separated.

When Burton and Bonham Carter were together, they famously lived in London in two next door homes which were linked together. After their breakup, Bonham Carter received ownership of the dual property while Burton bought a new house nearby for $14 million.

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