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Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials. He was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums and a 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox. His films employ similar aesthetics, using a deliberate, methodical cinematography, with mostly primary colors. His soundtracks feature folk and early rock music, in particular classic British rock. Anderson's films combine dry humor with poignant portrayals of flawed characters – often a mix of the wealthy and the working class. He is also known for working with many of the same actors and crew on varying projects. Anderson's critically acclaimed Moonrise Kingdom opened the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1, 1969 in Houston, Texas. His father, Melver Anderson, ran an advertising and public relations company, and his mother, Texas Anderson, was an archaeologist who later became a real estate agent. Anderson grew up with his two brothers, Eric and Mel, but their parents divorced when Anderson was eight. Anderson would later describe the divorce as "the most crucial event of my brothers' and my growing up." This situation gave him the premise for The Royal Tenenbaums's story. As a child, the young Anderson directed many Super 8 movies starring himself and his brothers. He went to Westchester High School and St. John's School, a private school in Houston featured in Anderson's film Rushmore. After graduating from St. John's, Wes Anderson attended the University of Texas at Austin. There he met Owen Wilson, who became an essential writing partner and cast member in Anderson's filmography. Anderson and Wilson met during a playwriting class and became roommates. Then they worked on a script for a full-length movie called Bottle Rocket. Anderson earned his B.A. in philosophy in 1991 and released the short film version of Bottle Rocket in 1992.

Wes’ first film, 1996’s Bottle Rocket was a crime caper focused on a group of young Texans aspiring to achieve major heists. While the film did not do well commercially, critically it was acclaimed, with Martin Scorsese naming Bottle Rocket one of his favorite films of the 1990s. Anderson’s next film, Rushmore, a quirky comedy about a high school student's crush on an elementary school teacher, was produced on a larger scale and was released to critical acclaim. Its success helped to both launch the career of Anderson as well as to popularize star Bill Murray as an independent cinema actor. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film to date. In 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rocket and Rushmore in an Esquire magazine article about Anderson. The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson’s next comedy-drama film about a successful artistic New York City family and its ostracized patriarch, represented Anderson's greatest success to date. Earning more than $50 million in domestic box office receipts, the film was nominated for an Academy Award and ranked by an Empire poll as the 159th greatest film ever made. Anderson's next feature, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, about a Jacques Cousteau-esque documentary filmmaker played by Murray, serves as a classic example of Anderson's style but its critical reception was less favorable than his previous films and its box office did not match the heights of The Royal Tenenbaums. In September 2006, following the disappointing commercial and critical reception of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen released a tongue-in-cheek "letter of intervention" of Anderson's artistic "malaise." Proclaiming themselves to be fans of "World Cinema" and Anderson in particular, they offered Anderson their soundtrack services for his The Darjeeling Limited, including lyrics for a title track. Anderson's next film, Darjeeling Limited, about three emotionally distant brothers traveling together on a train in India, reflected the more dramatic tone of The Royal Tennenbaums but faced similar criticisms to The Life Aquatic. Anderson has acknowledged that he went to India to film the 2007 movie, partly as a tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose "films have also inspired all my other movies in different ways" (the film is dedicated to him). The films starred Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in addition to Adrien Brody and the script was co-writted by Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. In 2008, Wes Anderson was hired to write the screenplay of the American adaptation of My Best Friend, a French film, for producer Brian Grazer, Anderson's first draft was titled "The Rosenthaler Suite". Anderson's stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Fantastic Mr. Fox was released in 2009. Although the film did not earn much more than its production budget, the film was highly praised and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Following the critical success of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson made perhaps his best received film to date, Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson has launched the acting careers of such stars as Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jason Schwartzman.

In more recent years, he has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, all for The Great Budapest Hotel. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director for his stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs.

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Wes Anderson Biography

Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials. He was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums and a 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox. His films employ similar aesthetics, using a deliberate, methodical cinematography, with mostly primary colors. His soundtracks feature folk and early rock music, in particular classic British rock. Anderson's films combine dry humor with poignant portrayals of flawed characters – often a mix of the wealthy and the working class. He is also known for working with many of the same actors and crew on varying projects. Anderson's critically acclaimed Moonrise Kingdom opened the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1, 1969 in Houston, Texas. His father, Melver Anderson, ran an advertising and public relations company, and his mother, Texas Anderson, was an archaeologist who later became a real estate agent. Anderson grew up with his two brothers, Eric and Mel, but their parents divorced when Anderson was eight. Anderson would later describe the divorce as "the most crucial event of my brothers' and my growing up." This situation gave him the premise for The Royal Tenenbaums's story. As a child, the young Anderson directed many Super 8 movies starring himself and his brothers. He went to Westchester High School and St. John's School, a private school in Houston featured in Anderson's film Rushmore. After graduating from St. John's, Wes Anderson attended the University of Texas at Austin. There he met Owen Wilson, who became an essential writing partner and cast member in Anderson's filmography. Anderson and Wilson met during a playwriting class and became roommates. Then they worked on a script for a full-length movie called Bottle Rocket. Anderson earned his B.A. in philosophy in 1991 and released the short film version of Bottle Rocket in 1992.

Wes’ first film, 1996’s Bottle Rocket was a crime caper focused on a group of young Texans aspiring to achieve major heists. While the film did not do well commercially, critically it was acclaimed, with Martin Scorsese naming Bottle Rocket one of his favorite films of the 1990s. Anderson’s next film, Rushmore, a quirky comedy about a high school student's crush on an elementary school teacher, was produced on a larger scale and was released to critical acclaim. Its success helped to both launch the career of Anderson as well as to popularize star Bill Murray as an independent cinema actor. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film to date. In 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rocket and Rushmore in an Esquire magazine article about Anderson. The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson’s next comedy-drama film about a successful artistic New York City family and its ostracized patriarch, represented Anderson's greatest success to date. Earning more than $50 million in domestic box office receipts, the film was nominated for an Academy Award and ranked by an Empire poll as the 159th greatest film ever made. Anderson's next feature, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, about a Jacques Cousteau-esque documentary filmmaker played by Murray, serves as a classic example of Anderson's style but its critical reception was less favorable than his previous films and its box office did not match the heights of The Royal Tenenbaums. In September 2006, following the disappointing commercial and critical reception of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen released a tongue-in-cheek "letter of intervention" of Anderson's artistic "malaise." Proclaiming themselves to be fans of "World Cinema" and Anderson in particular, they offered Anderson their soundtrack services for his The Darjeeling Limited, including lyrics for a title track. Anderson's next film, Darjeeling Limited, about three emotionally distant brothers traveling together on a train in India, reflected the more dramatic tone of The Royal Tennenbaums but faced similar criticisms to The Life Aquatic. Anderson has acknowledged that he went to India to film the 2007 movie, partly as a tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose "films have also inspired all my other movies in different ways" (the film is dedicated to him). The films starred Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in addition to Adrien Brody and the script was co-writted by Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. In 2008, Wes Anderson was hired to write the screenplay of the American adaptation of My Best Friend, a French film, for producer Brian Grazer, Anderson's first draft was titled "The Rosenthaler Suite". Anderson's stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Fantastic Mr. Fox was released in 2009. Although the film did not earn much more than its production budget, the film was highly praised and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Following the critical success of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson made perhaps his best received film to date, Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson has launched the acting careers of such stars as Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jason Schwartzman.

In more recent years, he has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, all for The Great Budapest Hotel. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director for his stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs.

Wes Anderson Videos

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel Interview - Wes Anderson (2014) - Wes ...
  • WES ANDERSON/ PETER BOGDANOVICH INTERVIEW (PART 1 of 3)
  • MOONRISE KINGDOM Interviews: Wes Anderson, Edward Norton ...

FAQs on booking Wes Anderson

  • How to book Wes Anderson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wes Anderson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Wes Anderson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wes Anderson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wes Anderson?

    Booking fees for Wes Anderson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wes Anderson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wes Anderson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wes Anderson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wes Anderson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wes Anderson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wes Anderson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wes Anderson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wes Anderson for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Wes Anderson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michael Arad, Vince Gilligan, Jay Allison, Martin Scorsese and Ray Azcuy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wes Anderson for an upcoming event.

Wes Anderson Speaker Videos

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel Interview - Wes Anderson (2014) - Wes ...
    WES ANDERSON/ PETER BOGDANOVICH INTERVIEW (PART 1 of 3)
  • MOONRISE KINGDOM Interviews: Wes Anderson, Edward Norton ...

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