Paul Thomas Anderson

Director, Screenwriter, Production assistant
From the debut of his short film "Coffee and Cigarettes" at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson firmly established himself as an auteur to watch. An ambitious film that focused on five characters ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1970 in Studio City, California, USA

Filmography

Director (10)

Junun 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Cigarettes and Coffee 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dirk Diggler Story 1987 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cigarettes and Coffee 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sworn to Vengeance (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Actor (3)

Altman 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

From the debut of his short film "Coffee and Cigarettes" at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson firmly established himself as an auteur to watch. An ambitious film that focused on five characters interacting in a Las Vegas diner, "Coffee and Cigarettes" set the mold for his later films: multiple storylines, dazzling camerawork and a detailed emphasis on dialogue and character. Anderson was a brash and gutsy filmmaker who enjoyed tackling big themes - love, hope, family and redemption, all often combined in biblical fashion - while paradoxically allowing them to unfold intimately onscreen. Though his first feature-length movie, "Hard Eight" (1997), failed to connect with audiences and critics, Anderson planted himself on the Hollywood map for good with "Boogie Nights" (1997), a surprisingly affectionate, albeit dark, look at the porn industry, as seen through the eyes of an eager and ambitious rising star. He followed this breakthrough success with the polarizing ensemble drama, "Magnolia" (1999), and the wistful romantic drama, "Punch Drunk Love" (2002), both of which underscored the fact that Anderson was at the top of his game. But with his Oscar-nominated epic "There Will Be Blood" (2007), Anderson took a giant leap forward that planted him firmly in the company of Hollywood's most elite filmmakers.

Relationships

Ernie Anderson Actor

Father
Born Nov. 12, 1923; former partner of Tim Conway Died Feb. 6, 1997

Lucille Anderson

Daughter
Born Nov. 6, 2009; mother, Maya Rudolph

Pearl Anderson

Daughter
Born Oct. 15, 2005; mother, Maya Rudolph

Jack Anderson

Son
Born July 3, 2011; mother, Maya Rudolph

Fiona Apple Song Performer

Companion
Dated c. 1998 No longer together

Edwina Gough

Mother
Estranged from son

Maya Rudolph Actor

Companion
Began dating 2001

EDUCATION

Montclair College Prep

North Hollywood , California

New York University

New York , New York
Attended for only two days

Emerson College

Boston , Massachusetts
Left school before graduating

Milestones

2014

Directed the comedy-drama "Inherent Vice," the first screen adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon.

2012

Wrote and directed "The Master," starring frequent ensemble player Philip Seymour Hoffman

2007

Helmed "There Will Be Blood," an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!, starring Daniel Day-Lewis; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film; also received Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Adapted

2006

Acted as standby director for Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," presumably for insurance purposes, since Altman was 80 years old at the time; not formally credited in the film, but received a "Special Thanks"

2002

Directed "Punch-Drunk Love," starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson; also scripted

1999

Helmed third feature, the ensemble drama "Magnolia"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1998

Directed two music videos featuring then-companion Fiona Apple, "Across the Universe" and "Fast as You Can"

1997

Made first full-length feature "Sydney" (retitled "Hard Eight"), starring Philip Baker Hall

1997

Directed breakout film "Boogie Nights," an expanded version of his early short "The Dirk Diggler Story"; starred Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, and Philip Baker Hall in minor role; earned Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1993

Met Philip Baker Hall while working as a production assistant on the PBS special "Campus Culture Wars"

1992

Directed short film "Coffee and Cigarettes," starring Philip Baker Hall; film premiered at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival

1990

Worked as messenger and production assistant on syndicated game show "Quiz Kid Challenge"

1988

Made first amateur short film "The Dirk Diggler Story" about a male porn star

1982

Began making movies with a Betamax video camera purchased by his father

1979

Reportedly found his father's collection of pornographic tapes at age nine

Began career working as a production assistant on music videos and independent films

Briefly attended Emerson College; dropped out to pursue film career

Raised in the San Fernando Valley in Studio City, CA

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with either the British director Paul Anderson ("Shopping," "Mortal Kombat") or the adult film director Paul Thomas who worked for Vivid Video.

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