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P.T Anderson will not take your shit. His eyes and mild smirk say so.


Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970), more commonly known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker best known for writing and directing several films, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood. He is regarded as one of America's greatest living filmmakers and one of the most influential.

Anderson has been said to belong to the "VCR Generation" of filmmakers, grouped with directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, and Kevin Smith, and described as filmmakers whose careers were founded not upon film school training, but from an enthusiastic love of movies.

If Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese had made sweet, passionate love and Jonathan Demme and Stanley Kubrick were the godfathers, P.T. Anderson would have been the fruit of their priapic loins.


Awful mental pictures aside, Anderson was Hollywood royalty well before he became a director, being the son of the late actor and announcer Ernie Anderson, whose most famous character Ghoulardi inspired the name of his production company. His life partner is Maya Rudolph (the same one who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from the late 1990s to the mid-to-late 2000s, though she does come back on occasion to cameo), and they have four children together.

Also known for working with composers named after some variation of "John".

Not to be confused with Paul W.S. Anderson, although both have gone by merely Paul Anderson before, or with science fiction author Poul Anderson. And definitely not to be confused with Wes Anderson.



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