Wes Anderson

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Noted for droll comedies that ruminated on loss, parental abandonment and sibling rivalry, director Wes Anderson emerged onto the filmmaking scene with the ultra-low budget "Bottle Rocket" (1996), which earned him ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1969 in Harris County, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hotel Chevalier 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bottle Rocket 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (10)

She's Funny That Way 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hotel Chevalier 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Squid and the Whale 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (10)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Hotel Chevalier 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Bottle Rocket 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Weasel (Actor)

Reel Comedy: The Darjeeling Limited 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Noted for droll comedies that ruminated on loss, parental abandonment and sibling rivalry, director Wes Anderson emerged onto the filmmaking scene with the ultra-low budget "Bottle Rocket" (1996), which earned him considerable attention inside the industry and drew immediate comparisons to auteurs like Woody Allen and Jean Renoir. With "Rushmore" (1998), Anderson established himself as a critical darling, employing a deft mix of wry humor and subtle poignancy set to eclectic soundtracks. He continued to cement his growing reputation with "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), a deadpan serio-comic tale about a dysfunctional family of wasted genius peppered with several surprisingly dark moments. A bittersweet ode of Jacques Cousteau, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004) was yet another pairing with frequent collaborator Bill Murray, although by now many critics and fans alike openly questioned whether Anderson had hit a creative slump. While viewed as an artistic improvement, the familiarly themed "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007) only heightened such speculation. A venture into stop-motion animation with an adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) appeared to reinvigorate the filmmaker, who returned to rave reviews for his tale of adolescent romance and adventure, "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012). Viewed as overly precious by some and unequivocally brilliant by others, there was no denying that Anderson was one of the more unique cinematic voices of his generation.

Relationships

Jumaan

Companion
Born in Lebanon Met Anderson in New York

Eric Chase Anderson Actor

Brother
Born in 1972 Provided art work used in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)

Melver Anderson

Father
Divorced from Anderson's mother

Mel Anderson

Brother
Older

Texas Burroughs

Mother
Divorced from Anderson's father Was the inspiration for Etheline Tenenbaum in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)

Tara Subkoff Actor

Companion
Previously dated No longer together

Jennifer Wachtell Actor

Companion
Worked together in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) No longer together

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1991
Met and roomed with future collaborator Owen Wilson

St. John's School

Houston , Texas
Featured as a location for his second film, "Rushmore"

Milestones

2012

Wrote, directed, and produced romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"; starred Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand

2009

Directed the stop motion animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; starred George Clooney in the title role and co-starred Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray; film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature

2007

Re-teamed with Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman for "The Darjeeling Limited"; co-wrote with Roman Coppola and Schwartzman

2005

Co-produced the independent film "The Squid and the Whale," directed by friend and collaborator Noah Baumbach; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Feature

2004

Helmed the comedy "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," starring Murray and Owen Wilson; co-wrote with writer/director Noah Baumbach

2001

Co-wrote (with Owen Wilson) and directed third feature "The Royal Tenenbaums"; re-teamed with Luke Wilson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1999

Relocated to NYC

1998

Directed and co-wrote (with Owen Wilson) second feature "Rushmore"; co-starred Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in his debut film

1996

Directed feature film debut "Bottle Rocket," co-starring brothers Owen and Luke Wilson

1994

Moved to Los Angeles

1992

Directed the 13-minute short "Bottle Rocket"; also co-wrote with Wilson; film shown at Sundance Film Festival

1990

Began writing script for "Bottle Rocket" with college roommate Owen Wilson

Met future collaborator Owen Wilson while attending the University of Texas

Began making Super 8mm films with his brothers

Bonus Trivia

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"It didn't quite get the studio push, but I guess that's what everybody says when their movie doesn't make any money." – Anderson on his debut feature "Bottle Rocket" as quoted in the Daily Variety, Jan. 15, 1997

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"All these words that are tossed around – filmmaker, auteur – you gag on them, but Wes is for real. I mean, he's not going to do 'one for them.' Other directors are always thinking, 'Gee, if I do three for them, I'll get to do one for me.' Every one Wes does is going to be for him, out of his sensibility." – James L. Brooks on Anderson to Time Out New York, Dec. 10-17, 1998

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"I like characters that are trying to realize their projects. They have a strong idea of something they want to execute and they just won't let anybody shut 'em down. It might seem ridiculous or it might seem too big – I mean, building an aquarium, that's crazy; putting on a Vietnam play with explosions from the stage is crazy – but [Rushmore's] Max Fischer does that. Of course, it's a movie, so I can have whatever I want to have happen. But I do like that kind of thing of people with unrealistic ambitions and their ambitions are not just to be rich. They have ideas and projects that they want to do. So that has a strong appeal to it." – Anderson quoted in Salon magazine, Jan. 21, 1999

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"He's a shy guy, the kind of guy who never dances, but when it came to the movie, he was tenacious. It reminded me a lot of working with John Cassavetes. They're both directors that get actors to trust them. That's why Wes got such good performances from Jason [Schwartzman], who'd never acted before, and [Bill] Murray, who usually wants to be the only funny guy on the set, but was really restrained for this part." – "Rushmore" co-star Seymour Cassel on Anderson to The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 29, 1999

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"He doesn't play games with his actors. He'd come up and say, 'The thing you do with your face when you smile, don't do it.'" – Olivia Williams, co-star in "Rushmore" on Anderson as quoted in The New York Times, Jan. 31, 1999

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"He's not doing anything to let you know that he knows how to move the camera, you don't have to worry that he's gonna do anything affected or tricky, or show that he's seen all of Scorsese's movies. It's exciting to watch, but not pretentious." – Owen Wilson on working with Anderson to Premiere magazine, February 1999

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"Wes Anderson, at age thirty, has a very special kind of talent: He knows how to convey the simple joys and interactions between people so well and with such richness. This kind of sensibility is rare in movies. I remember seeing [Jean] Renoir's films as a child and feeling connected to the characters through his love for them. It's the same with Anderson. I've found myself going back and watching 'Bottle Rocket' several times. I'm also very fond of his second film 'Rushmore,' it has the same tenderness, the same kind of grace. Both of them are very funny, but also very moving." – Martin Scorsese quoted in "The Next Scorsese," Esquire, March 2000

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"Owen had always been pushing me to do something about my parents' divorce, and so that was a part of what I was going to do with this. The movie ends up being something totally different from what I would have envisioned, because the father in the movie is nothing like my father. The family dynamic is quite different than mine. That opening scene in the movie is Royal [telling] the kids that they're going to get a divorce, and the questions they're asking are the questions we asked." – Anderson on the real-life inspiration for "The Royal Tenenbaums" as quoted in New York's Daily News, Dec. 9, 2001

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"With Wes, he attracts such a great cast every time. And because the actors are willing to work with him for a price, you can get away with making these movies inside the studio system. Not only are you getting the joy of watching a singular filmmaker express himself, you also feel like there's something there for your marketing department to be able to sell." – Nina Jacobson, president of Disney's Buena Vista motion picture group to The New York Times, Nov. 28, 2004

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