Paul Thomas Anderson

Born Jun 26, 1970

Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has written and directed five feature films: Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) There Will Be Blood (2007), and soon to be released, The Master (2012).… Read More

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1970 Birth Anderson was born June 26, 1970, in Studio City, California, to Edwina and Ernie Anderson. … Read More


1982 12 Years Old Anderson was involved in filmmaking at a young age and never really had an alternative plan to directing films. He made his first movie when he was eight years old and started making movies on a Betamax video camera which his dad bought in 1982 when he was twelve years old. … Read More


1994 24 Years Old …  He decided to expand the film into a feature-length film and was subsequently invited to the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program. … Read More
1996 26 Years Old 1 More Event
While at the Sundance Feature Film Program, Anderson already had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature. In 1996, Anderson made his first full-length feature, Sydney, which was retitled Hard Eight (1996). … Read More


2002 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2002, the romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love, Anderson's fourth feature, was released to generally favorable reviews. … Read More
2009 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Production of Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice began in May 2013 and ended in August of the same year. … Read More


2012 42 Years Old …  In 2012, The Guardian ranked him number one on its list of "The 23 Best Film Directors in the World," writing "his dedication to his craft has intensified, with his disdain for PR and celebrity marking him out as the most devout filmmaker of his generation." … Read More
2016 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Anderson has directed several music videos, including Radiohead's 2016 single "Daydreaming" and several for Fiona Apple. … Read More
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