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Clay Hillenburg is an American animator, creative director and most importantly the son of a notable man Stephen Hillenburg. Read ahead to get to know more about his personal life, career and more.

Quick Bio

Clay Hillenburg was born on April 8, 1998. He was born to Stephen Hillenburg and Karen Hillenburg. His birthplace is Aneheim, California. His nationality is American. He is the only doting child to his parents. He does not have any siblings. So, they left no stone unturned in his upbringing. He travelled a lot with his family while growing up. He lived in Hollywood, Pasadena, San Marino, and California with his family. He had a good childhood.

Personal Life

Although he is 25 years old now according to his date of birth, he is not in a relationship with anyone. If he is in but no information is revealed by him. He is totally absorbed in his career. He is living his life happily with his family’s company. We may know about his relationship status in the near future.


He has done his high school from a private school. He completed his graduation from Polytechnic High School in 2007. He played for the varsity soccer team there, as a quarterback. He was very active in sports alongside his studies. He was good at studies.

Father Stephen Hillenburg

His father Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was a multi-talented man. He is not only an animator but also a voice actor, marine biology educator, and actor. He gained popularity after his animated television series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ for Nickelodeon in 1999. This great American personality was born on August 21, 1961 at Fort Sill, in Lawton, Oklahoma. His father i.e. Clay’s grandfather Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr. served in the US military. He worked in many fields before joining television. He was also a teacher. “The Green Beret (1991)” and “Wormholes (1992)” are his first animated short films.

He married Karen Jean Umland, a Southern Californian Chef in 1998. Clay’s mother Karen teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City. According to his father Karen is the funniest person he had ever met. In March 2017, their life took a very tragic turn when his father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He passed away on November 26 2018.

Career And Net Worth

He is following a career which was taken by his father Stephen Hillenburg. He just followed his father’s footsteps. He is an animator. He is the creative director of the Nickelodeon (a British pay television network) show named ‘The Red Fox’ released in 2019. Fred Tatasciore and Mack Kenny are the voice actors of this show.

He has been a production assistant for thirteen episodes of ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years,’ also assistant to the director of ‘Sherlock Gnomes.’ He also played as an animator in ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.’ He is earning approximately $500,000 annually. His primary source of income comes from his profession as a creative director.


He was inducted into the list of Famous American Creative People and Famous American people in Film, TV, Radio, and Stage.


Clay Hillenburg is a loving child of the renowned animator, voice actor Stephen Hillenburg. Currently he is known by his father’s name. He is just in the starting point of his career. He will also achieve success and fame like his father.