Marine biologist, writer, and director best known for creating the highly popular Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University in 1984.
He directed the animated series Rocko's Modern Life.
He married Karen Hillenburg and they had a son named Clay together.
His series SpongeBob SquarePants featured the voice of Bill Fagerbakke.