Born in Burbank, California, USA
Spouse: Lena Gieseke (24 February 1989 - 31 December 1991) (divorced)
Often does the beginning credits sequence with the camera going through something (Batman (1989),Beetle Juice (1988),Edward Scissorhands (1990), orfollowing something(Batman Returns (1992),Mars Attacks! (1996),Sleepy Hollow (1999) , Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005) _,_and SweeneyTodd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)).
His films often have a Gothic feel to them, often including Christmas and/or Halloween scenes.
Plot often focuses around a misunderstood outcast.
Frequently uses composer Danny Elfman.
Frequently casts Jeffrey Jones, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Michael Keaton, Lisa Marie, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gough, Deep Roy and Christopher Lee.
Frequently features dead or dismembered dogs.
He often likes to open his films with a quiet night time snowfall.
Many of his films feature townspeople who misunderstand and/ordistrust the lead character.
Obsession with horror actors: he makes movies about them (Vincent (1982), Ed Wood (1994)), or he actually casts them in his films (e.g. Vincent Price, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken).
Often shows scarecrows in his movies.
His movies always opens with a personal version of the studio's logo.
Usually includes fantasy elements in his films.
Often looks into the main character's past through a series offlashbacks (i.e.Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)).
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