Stylistic director known for his witty dialogue and exquisitely decorated sets. He first received attention for his 1998 film Rushmore and his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, then went on to gain a wider audience for such films as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
His 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel received nine Academy Award nominations and won the awards for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
He cast Jason Schwartzman as the lead in Rushmore when he was an unknown actor. Schwartzman later had roles in a number of Anderson's films, including The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
He befriended actor Owen Wilson while studying at the University of Texas, Austin. Wilson went on to star in Anderson's 1996 directorial debut Bottle Rocket and many other films of Anderson's.
He began a relationship with Lebanese writer and costume designer Juman Malouf. His brother Eric is an illustrator.
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