Tim Burton: biography and latest news!

  • Job : actor, director
  • Real name: Timothy William Burton
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Date of birth: Monday, August 25, 1958 (age: 62)
  • Country: United States

He is one of the rare American directors to bring benefits to the film world while having managed to preserve a very personal universe, style and undeniable artistic ambition. Tim Burton, born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California, spent a solitary childhood, preferring the films of monsters like Godzilla, Frankenstein and his sequels to the company of children of his age. But it is especially in the drawing that he excels and it is thus quite naturally that his secondary course completed, he leaves to study animation at the California Institute of Arts. When he graduated in 1979, he was directly hired by the Disney studios. But he struggles to find his feet there, his already very personal vision of drawing differing too much from that of Disney. Five years later, after collaborating willingly or unwillingly with Rox and Rouky, he directed several short films of his own (including Vincent (1982) and Frankenweenie (1984)) and wrote a poem (which would serve as the basis, ten years later, for the screenplay of Jack’s Strange Christmas), he left the Disney studios. In 1985, the film company Warner Bros. chose him to direct Pee Wee Big Adventure, his first feature film. In less than a month of shooting, it is the surprise at the box office: Tim Burton signs his first success. Three years later, he was again chosen to direct Beetlejuice. Thanks to the wild imagination of its star actor, Michel Keaton, the film was a hit and received an Oscar for make-up. Seduced by the talented director Burton, Warner Bros. then entrusted him with a major project, Batman. Tim Burton, who has always wanted to explore Batman’s dual personality, especially his hidden side, accepted this project. He once again calls on Michael Keaton to play the masked vigilante. The film is a huge box office success despite the protests it had sparked at the time of shooting. But morally, Tim Burton comes out of it empty and turns to a more intimate film: Edward with Silver Hands. The Warner Bros. lost interest in the project completely and so he approached the 20th Century Fox studio. To embody Edward in Edward with Silver Hands, he called on Johnny Depp: between them, the perfect alchemy sets the stage for a beautiful friendship. A plea for tolerance, carried away by the interpretations of Johnny Depp, Danny Elfman and Winona Ryder, the film is hailed as a masterpiece by the critics. In 1992, Tim Burton tackled the second part of the adventures of Batman. This new opus, with an even darker scenario than the first, exposes him to the critics of many parents who judge the film too scary for their children, triumphs again at the box office. The following year, Mr. Jack’s Strange Christmas was released. But contrary to popular belief, it is not directed by Tim Burton but by Henry Selick (closely supervised by Tim Burton). At the time of the shooting, Tim Burton gets angry with Danny Elfman, his favorite composer, who composed most of the melodies of his previous films. In 1994, Burton directed Ed Wood, the wacky story of Edward Davis Wood Junior. He again chose to entrust the role of this new Edward – who, like the previous one, has many connections with his life – to Johnny Depp. Even though the film won two Oscars (for Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau and Best Makeup), it was a commercial failure. Then follows Mars Attacks, a parody of the low-budget science-fiction films of the 1950s: a worldwide commercial failure, but a success in France. The only positive point: Burton and Danny Elfman make up. With Sleepy Hollow, released in 1999, Tim Burton fully regains his universe: gothic atmosphere, serial decapitated corpses, headless demons, medieval demonic legend … And returns to critical and commercial success, supported by actors such as Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken. From the 2000s on, Tim Burton frees himself from pure fantasy and starts working on new exercises: the remake with The Planet of the Apes (2001), or the sweet fable Big Fish, a praise of the imaginary in the face of the flatness of the real world (2003). In 2005, he realized a five-year old project, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s masterpiece. For the fourth time, he surrounds himself with Johnny Depp. Four months later, Les Noces funérabres arrived on the screens, but despite a favourable critical reception, the film was a box-office failure, unlike Charlie et la Chocolaterie. In 2008, Sweeeney Todd was released: The Evil Barber of Fleet Street. The film was a mixed success but earned its chief set designer a second Oscar for his art direction. Finally, Burton finally got back in touch with Disney when he directed a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. It is to this day Tim Burton’s greatest success. On the private side, Tim Burton separated during the shooting of the remake of The Planet of the Apes in 2001 from actress Lisa Marie, with whom he had been engaged eight years earlier. At the same time, he met Helena Bonham Parker, who became his wife and muse in three of his films. The two stars became inseparable and had two children, Billy-Ray (born October 4, 2003) and Nell (born December 15, 2007).