Brad Anderson (director)

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Brad Anderson
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Anderson at the Berlin Film Festival, 9 February 2008
Born Madison, Connecticut, United States
Years active 1995–present
Known for

Brad Anderson is an American film director, producer and writer.[1] A director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale, and directing The Call (2013), starring Halle Berry. He also produced and directed several installments of the FOX science fiction television series Fringe.


Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Madison, Connecticut, the son of Pamela Taylor Anderson, a community services administrator.[2] He is the nephew of Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor. Before he began his film career, he attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in anthropology and Russian. He then went to London to finish his film education before returning to Boston.

Film career[edit]

Anderson started out directing the romantic comedy films Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Happy Accidents (2000). The films were Sundance Film Festival audience favorites.

His next film was the 2001 psychological horror film Session 9. Unsuccessful at the box office, the film has since gained a cult following.[3] In 2002, Anderson was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival.

This was followed by his most notable work to date, The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale. The film has helped earn Anderson a cult following.[citation needed]

His next two films were Transsiberian (2008), a thriller starring Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley and the horror film Vanishing on 7th Street (2010), starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton. Notably, both Transsiberian and The Machinist were funded by Anglo-German production companies.

At one point, he was also one of the candidates to direct the sequel to Paranormal Activity.[4]

His latest film was The Call (2013), a thriller starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. 2014 directed Stonehearst Asylum (Eliza Graves), with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess and David Thewlis, in the leading roles.[5]

Television work[edit]

Anderson has directed numerous episodes of Fringe, as well as two episodes each of The Wire, The Killing, and Boardwalk Empire.

Anderson was one of the contributors to the horror series Masters of Horror, directing the season two episode "Sounds Like".

Anderson directed the pilot episode of the ABC prime time series Forever.[6]

Future projects[edit]

Anderson replaced Joseph Ruben as director of Bold Films thriller Jack[7] in May 2010, and cast John Cusack for the lead,[8] who has since been replaced by Liev Schrieber.

Anderson will direct The Living and the Dead,[9] based on the novel of the same name by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livingston.[10]

After working together on The Machinist, Anderson and Christian Bale plan to collaborate again on an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel Concrete Island.[citation needed]


Year Title Notes
1995 Frankenstein's Planet of Monsters! short film
1996 The Darien Gap
1998 Next Stop Wonderland
2000 Happy Accidents
2001 Session 9 Co-writer with Stephen Gevedon
2004 The Machinist
2008 Transsiberian Co-writer with Will Conroy
2010 Vanishing on 7th Street
2013 The Call
2014 Stonehearst Asylum
Year Title Notes
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Episode: "Bones of Contention"
2002 The Wire Episode: "The Cost"
2003 The Shield Episode: "Inferno"
2006 Masters of Horror Episode: "Sounds Like"
2006 The Wire Episode: "A New Day"
2008 Fear Itself Episode: "Spooked"
2008 Fringe Episode: "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
2009 Fringe Episode: "The Transformation"
2009 Fringe Episode: "Unleashed"
2009 Fringe Episode: "There's More Than One of Everything"
2009 Fringe Episode: "Night of Desirable Objects"
2010 Treme Episode: "Shallow Water, Oh Mama"
2010 Fringe Episode: "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver."
2010 Rubicon Episode: "A Good Day's Work"
2010 Fringe Episode: "The Plateau"
2010 Undercovers Episode: "Assassin"
2010 Fringe Episode: "Entrada"
2010 Boardwalk Empire Episode: "Belle Femme"
2011 Fringe Episode: "Immortality"
2011 The Killing Episode: "Orpheus Descending"
2011 Fringe Episode: "Os"
2011 Boardwalk Empire Episode: "Battle of the Century"
2011 Fringe Episode: "One Night in October"
2011 Treme Episode: "Carnival Time"
2011 Fringe Episode: "And Those We've Left Behind"
2012 Person of Interest Episode: "Legacy"
2012 Alcatraz Episode: "Cal Sweeney"
2012 The Killing Episode: "Numb"
2013 Almost Human Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Forever Episode: "Pilot"[6]


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