Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film director, producer, and writer. He is most famous for his dark and often quirky themes, as seen in his cult classics Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, as well as his reinvention of the Batman film series. Since directing his first feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, he has gone on to direct and produce numerous films, many of which have received Academy Award nominations and wins. He frequently works with actor and close friend Johnny Depp, as well as musician Danny Elfman and partner Helena Bonham Carter.
Burton was born in Burbank, California, the first of two sons to Bill Burton and Jean Erickson. His year of birth is sometimes mistakenly given as 1960, most notably in his own books, and the picture book of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton described his childhood self as quirky, self-absorbed and highly imaginative. As he grew older, he found home life and school somewhat difficult, often escaping the reality by watching horror and low budget films, to which he would later pay tribute in his biography of Ed Wood. Tim grew up on Evergreen Street, very near
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