Tim Burton

Birth Name: 
Timothy William Burton
Monday, August 25, 1958
Birth Place: 
Burbank, California, USA
5' 11"

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 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.

Awards and Nominations

2006 - Nominated - Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (Corpse Bride)


Tim Burton in Talks to Direct 'Beetlejuice 2'

Tim Burton is mulling a return to the world of his 1988 classic Beetlejuice. Sources say that Burton has the offer from Warner Bros. to direct the movie, on which he is already a producer with David Geffen.... Read more

Jane Goldman to Write 'Pinocchio' for Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Burton

It’s no lie: Warner Bros.’ Pinocchio project is getting a new writer. Jane Goldman is in negotiations to work on the script for the project, lending considerable heat to what would see Tim Burton direct Robert Downey Jr. for the first time.... Read more

The Batmobile Documentary Special To Air On CW

The broadcast network premiere of the new half-hour special on the history and evolution of the Batmobile – THE BATMOBILE – will air on Monday, July 16, 8:00-8:30pm ET on The CW.  An encore of the special will air from 8:30-9:00pm ET.... Read more

Tim Burton In Talks For Pinocchio

Back last September, Warner Bros. announced that it would be looking to jump on the fairytale reboot bandwagon with both feet, conjuring up a new take on Pinocchio with Bryan Fuller writing the script.... Read more

Burton Considering Miss Peregrine's Home

If directors and films were matched up via some sort of odd Hollywood dating service – and who says they’re not? – then the combo of Tim Burton and 20th Fox’s adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children would have the compatibility meters blinking with joy.... Read more



Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie wasn’t always the black-and-white animated dog we see in the upcoming film. At first it was a 1984 live-action short film that got Burton fired from Disney. It appears that Burton will have the last laugh, though.... Read more

Dark Shadows

Whenever there’s a Tim Burton project, there’s a good chance that Johnny Depp is involved as well. Their latest collaboration is the film adaptation of the classic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.... Read more

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton once again teams up with Johnny Depp to bring a new twist to the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.... Read more

Sweeney Todd (BLU-RAY)

Not the best Burton blu-ray available (that would be a toss-up between Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands) but certainly not the worst (that would be Charlie & the Chocolate Factory).... Read more

Beetlejuice (BLU-RAY)

Tim Burton may have nearly completely lost his originality and luster but that doesn’t make his earlier movies any less enjoyable. QUALITY: Great.  There are one or two parts that get a little dark but overall a great experience.... Read more


The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened (Trailer)

The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened (Trailer)

The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened (Trailer) ... Read more