From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (born August 21, 1961) is an American animator, writer, producer, actor, voice actor, and director best known for creating the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He currently owns his own production company, United Plankton Pictures. He has also written for Mother Goose and Grimm and Rocko's Modern Life. Description above from the Wikipedia article Stephen Hillenburg, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .