Wes Anderson

Director, Writer

  • Birth name
  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • Wesley Wales Anderson
  • 1969-05-01
  • Houston, Texas, USA

Wes Anderson is the son of Melver, an advertising and PR executive and Texas Anne, an archaeologist turned real estate agent. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event he described as "the most crucial event of my brothers and my growing up". During childhood, Anderson also began writing plays and making Super 8 movies. He was educated at Westchester High School and then St. John's School, a private prep school in Houston, Texas, which was later to prove an inspiration for the film "Rushmore".

After graduating from school, Anderson attended the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in philosophy. It was here he met Owen Wilson. They became firm friends and began making short films, some of which aired on a local cable access station. One of their shorts was "Bottle Rocket", which starred Owen and his brother Luke Wilson. The short was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was successfully received, so much so that they received funding to make a future length version. "Bottle Rocket" was not a commercial hit, but gained a cult audience and high profile fans, including Martin Scorsese.

Success followed with films such as "Rushmore", "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", "The Royal Tenenbaums" and the animated feature, "Fantastic Mr. Fox", the latter two films earning Anderson Oscar nominations.