09/07/2012 02:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Three Filmmaking Andersons: A Guide

With so much byte-sized information zinging before our eyes, clogging our synapses and bulging our inboxes, it is hard to tell Who's Who these days. With a gaggle of great films over the recent season, it is very easy to get confused between the many Andersons of contemporary cinema. Following is a guide.

Paul Thomas Anderson
Born: June 26, 1970
Birthplace: Studio City, CA
Height: 6'
Education: Two semesters at Emerson College and two days at New York University
Spouse: Maya Rudolph, comedic actress
Children: Three
Notable Film Achievements: The Master, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood

Wesley Wales Anderson
Born: May 1, 1969,
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Height: 6' 1"
Education: University of Texas at Austin
Dating: Not known
Children: None
Notable Film Achievements: Moonrise Kingdom, Bottle Rocket, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore

Paul W. S. Anderson
Born: March 4, 1965
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain
Height: 6' 3"
Education: University of Warwick
Spouse: Milla Jovovich, hottie actress
Children: One
Notable Film Achievements: Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Alien vs. Predator, Death Race and Death Race 2

Not Andersons but similar in style and theme, these directors add to the Anderson confusion:

David O. Russell
Born: August 20, 1958
Birthplace: New York City
Education: Amherst College
Divorced: Janet Grillo (m. 1992-2007)
Children: One
Notable Film Achievements: Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter

Darren Aronofsky
Born: February 12, 1969
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 6'
Education: Harvard University
Divorced: Rachel Weisz, hottie actress (2001-2010)
Children: One
Notable Film Achievements: Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and Pi

GORDY GRUNDY is a Los Angeles based artist. His visual and literary work can be found at


The Three Filmmaking Andersons: A Guide