Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson

Born

5/1/1969, Houston, Texas

Birth Name

Wesley Wales Anderson

Gender

Male
9.4
out of 10
User Rating
18 votes

Biography

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Wes Anderson was born Wesley Wales Anderson in Houston, Texas on May 1, 1969. His parents are Melver Leonard Anderson and Texas Ann Burroughs. His father worked in advertising, and his mother was an archaeologist. He is the second child in a family of three boys. He completed…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He has casted Kumar Pallana (the former proprietor of the coffee shop Wes and Owen Wilson hung out in during college) in his first three films.

    • He cast his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Wachtell as Ben Stiller's wife Rachael Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He based the character Etheline Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) after his own mother. Even the glasses Etheline wears belong to his mother.

    • He named the character Dignan from Bottle Rocket (1996) after his friend Stephen Dignan.

    • He cameoed in his film Bottle Rocket as the passenger on the bus behind Owen and Luke Wilson.

    • He cameoed in the film Rushmore (1998) as the voice in Max's dream.

    • He has written at least one reference to Schulz's "Charlie Brown" in each of his films.

    • He has acknowledged several directors from the "French New Wave" as inspirations.

    • He has directed at least one character being punched in the nose in each of his films.

    • He has at least one shot in every film of one or more of his characters underwater.

    • He has used Mark Mothersbaugh to do the musical scores for all of his films.

    • He cameoed in his film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) as an announcer at Richie's tennis match.

    • He named the family in the film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) after his friend Brian Tenenbaum.

    • He obssessed in excluding any of the New York City landmarks while filming The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He was listed #129 on Entertainment Weekly's Must List (2004).

    • He shared a win at the 2001 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Best Screenplay for his film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He shared a nomination with Peter Newman, Charlie Corwin, and Clara Markowicz at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, for the film The Squid and the Whale (2005).

    • He was nominated at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival for the Golden Berlin Bear for his film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

    • He shared the nomination with Noah Baumbach at the 2005 Satellite Awards for Best Original Screenplay for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

    • He was nominated at the 2003 Bodil Awards for Best American Film for the film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He shared the nomination at the 2002 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, for the film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He shared the nomination at the 2002 Writers Guild of America Awards for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He shared the nomination at the 2002 Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Original Screenplay for the film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He shared a nomination with Owen Wilson from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He was nominated for the 2002 Golden Berlin Bear for the film, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He was nominated alongside Owen Wilson at the 2002 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Screenplay for the film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

    • He won the 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for the film, Rushmore (1998).

    • He won the New Generation Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards twice, for the films Rushmore (1998) and Bottle Rocket (1996).

    • He won the Lone Star Film & Television Award for Debut of the Year for the movie Bottle Rocket (1996).

    • He won the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker for the movie Bottle Rocket (1996).

    • The soundtracks of his movies consist mostly of British invasion music from the '60s and 70s.

    • He is 6'1" (1.85 m) tall.

    • He ends all of his movies with a slow-motion shot.

    • While filming The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Anderson got a tan, grew his hair, and got into better shape. Due to the transformation, Anjelica Huston stated that Wes had suddenly become handsome.

    • Legendary director Martin Scorsese claims that he is a big fan of Wes' movies.

    • He is friendly with fellow filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Sofia Coppola.

    • Many of the characters' names in his movies are actually the names of his St. John's classmates.

    • Wes Anderson did an American Express commercial about "My Life. My Card." He also directed it.

    • Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson both attended the University of Texas, where they first met each other. Owen Wilson, and his brother Luke, later starred in Wes Anderson's movie, Bottle Rocket. The Owen brothers also starred in some of Anderson's other movies, like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

  • Quotes

    • Wes: Cousteau began as a hunter and he became a conserver, what we think of now as an environmentalist. But in his early stuff there was no element of that whatsoever. He'd find a lagoon he wanted to survey and blow it up and count the dead animals on the beach. That was a time when we were all so naive, when we thought nature was like god and would go on for ever.

    • Wes: [The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou] is done. You can't go back and fix it. And I know that feeling of looking back and thinking, that part I'd like to fix. So I obsessively try not to compromise.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    10
    Wes Anderson may be the most exciting talent working in Hollywood today. All of his films have a very distinct style, with dialogue (written by him and usually one other) that is truthful and hilarious.

    Easily my favorite director. He's simply amazing.
  • Director of movies such as Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson brings his own original style of movies to audiences worldwide.

    10
    This guy is genious and talented. His humor is very intellectual and fans of his works always want more. His earlier movie, Bottle Rocket, starred the Owen Brothers and only showed some of his talent. The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic really showed his humor and wit. The atmosphere and some of the characters in both movies was a little awkward and indifferent but that is part of what makes a Wes Anderson film brilliant. I enjoyed watching all his movies and there were a range of emotions while watching them : poignant, funny, suspenseful, somber (just to name a few). He was in an American Express commercial (with Jason Schwartzman) which showed his typical style and momentarily I thought he was going to promote another movie. He is working on another movie, though. In pre-production, the movie Fantasitc Mr. Fox is a remake of the children's story by Roald Dahl.moreless