11 Recurring Actors in Wes Anderson’s Troupe

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Is there anything more fantastical than a Wes Anderson creation? The Oscar-winnin writer-director has been wowing audiences since 1996, and has given us twelve feature films as of 2024.

Aside from his landscapes of muted colors (pink and purple pastels in the case of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), there’s always one thing indicative of an Anderson film: the actors. Having expertly assembled a motley crew of recurring talent, Anderson’s productions are made even more enjoyable (and often hilarious) by those who bring them to life. Just try to watch the Ralph Fiennes-starring “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and not squeal with excitement as familiar faces pop up left and right!

Adrien Brody

As the menacing Dmitri in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Brody’s stellar performance reminds us why Anderson loves to work with him! Their relationship started with 2007’s “The Darjeeling Limited” and was followed by the animated feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” "The French Dispatch," and "Asteroid City," highlighting the chemistry of the actor-director duo.

Adrien Brody

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe's relationship with Anderson dates back to 2004, when he first appeared in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” as Klaus Daimler. Years later, Dafoe became a regular in the writer-director’s films, having also appeared in “Fantastic Mr. Fox” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” "The French Dispatch," and "Asteroid City."

Willem Dafoe

Jeff Goldblum

We love when this “Jurassic Park” actor pops up in one of Anderson’s cinematic worlds. Goldblum made appearances in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” "Isle of Dogs," and "Asteroid City," but his first partnership with the writer-director happened with 2004’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” wherein he played Alistair Hennessey.

Jeff Goldblum

Anjelica Huston

Having appeared in the Oscar-nominated “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” as well as "Isle of Dogs" and "The French Dispatch," Angelica Hutson is a recurring actor in Wes Anderson's movie masterpieces.

Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston

Harvey Keitel

Known for his performances in films such as “Resevoir Dogs” and “The Piano,” this Oscar-nominated actor has appeared in his share of Anderson cinema, with turns in 2012’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” 2014's “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and 2018's "Isle of Dogs."

Harvey Keitel

Bill Murray

Certainly the leader of Anderson’s troupe of favorite actors is Bill Murray, who’s appeared in a whopping nine films of the writer-director’s. Their on-screen relationship dates back to 1998’s “Rushmore,” followed by “The Royal Tenenbaums,” the titular role in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” "Isle of Dogs," and "The French Dispatch."

Bill Murray

Edward Norton

The (relatively) newfound on-screen relationship between Anderson and Oscar nominee Norton is one we’ll hopefully be able to cherish for years to come. The actor has appeared in “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” "Isle of Dogs," "The French Dispatch," and "Asteroid City." Here’s to many more!

Edward Norton

Jason Schwartzman

At just 18 years old, Schwartzman began his long-lasting relationship with the writer-director. Starting off with a starring turn in 1998’s “Rushmore,” the actor went on to appear in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” "The French Dispatch," and "Asteroid City."

Jason Schwartzman

Tilda Swinton

Another (relatively) newer relationship of Anderson’s is that with Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. As the female comedic relief as Madame D. in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the actor’s appearances in the writer-director’s films started with 2012’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” She has also appeared in "Isle of Dogs," "The French Dispatch," and "Asteroid City."

Tilda Swinton

Luke Wilson

What started as a lasting on-screen actor-director relationship seemed to fizzle out in the early 2000s. Having appeared in Anderson’s very first feature film “Bottle Rocket,” followed by “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Luke Wilson has not acted in any of Wes Anderson films since.

Luke Wilson

Owen Wilson

Thankfully, however, another Wilson brother has been a recurring actor in Anderson’s movies. Owen Wilson co-wrote and starred in “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and acted in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and "The French Dispatch."

Owen Wilson

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