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1: Tim Burton born August 25,1958, in Bubank, California. As a child, Burton was engrossed with classic horror films of Roger Corman- many of which featured quintessential screen villain Vincent Price. Burton also developed a Penchant for drawing, enrolled at the california Institute of Arts, Where he majored in animation. In 1980, upon his graduation he began working as an apprentice | animator for walt diney studios with in a year, Burton grew tired with his work, decided to strike out on his own. in 1982, he released the award-winning short Vincent,which paid homage to the enduring work of his chidhood idol. In 1984, burton created a unique version of the frankenstein story with the live-action short Frankenweenie. Impressed with Frankenweenie, Paul Reubens Commissioned Burton to direct the wildly | inventive coedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985). The success of Pee-wee's big adventure brought about other opportunities, including the 1988 ghost story Beetlejucie starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis. Often considered the | prototypical Burton film, beetlejucie was recognized for its visual flair and interwoven themes of fantasy and horror.

2: After forming his own production company, Burton directed the lavish Production Batman (1989). With a cast that included Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger, the stylized feature became the first film to sell $100 millon in the first 10 days of release. The following year, Burton helmed the Bizzare but touching film Edward Scissorhands. Featuring notable performances by-and-coming stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder (as well as Price's final feature role as the eccentrice inventor), Edward Scissorhands was acclaimed for being both a social satire and a simple tale of love and intolerance. Directing an ensemble that included Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken, Burton Reteamed with Keaton For the 1992 Batman Returns. The following year, he Produced the animated musical Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Chriswtmas. Created with the Painstaking Process of stop-motion animation, the film became a critical ans commercial sucess, while Burton was credited for his technical prowess.

3: In 1994, Burton cast Jonny Depp as the title character in Ed Wood-a black-and-white portrait of a middling filmmaker and his all-consuming passion to succeed. Although critically praised(Martin Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a drug-addicted Bela Lugosi), the film failed to appeal to mass audiences. After producing the third installment Batman Forever (1995) and the animated feature James and the Giant Peach(1996), Burton directed the sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks! The film flopped at the box office despite an all-star cast that included Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, and Pierce Brosnan. In 1999,Burton directed a freely adapted film version, Sleepy Hollow, of Washington Irving's haunting tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which Johhny Depp offered a notable performance as the heroic Ichabod Crane. In 2001, burton took on an ambitious remake of the 1968 cult classic Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter. In 2005, he released a remake of Charlie and the Chcolate Factory starring Johnny Depp and a stop-motion animated feature called The Corpse Bride, Which received an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature Film. Continuing with his interest in ghoulish subjects, Burton directed the film adaptation of the popular musical Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007. The film reunited Burton with longtime friend Jonny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. All three received critical praise for their work on the film, including seveal Golden Globe nominations.

4: Burton has been involved with Apes star Bonham Carter since 2001. The couple has two children, a son born October 2003 and a daughter born in December 2007.

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