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Brad Anderson (born 1964) 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, psychological horror film Session 9 (2001) and The Call (2013), starring Halle Berry. He also produced and directed several installments of the Fox science fiction television series Fringe.

Brad Anderson
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Anderson at the Berlin Film Festival, 9 February 2008
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Madison, Connecticut, United States
Alma materLondon Film School
Years active1995–present
Known for


Early lifeEdit

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 at London Film School before returning to Boston.

Film careerEdit

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

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]

In 2013, Anderson directed The Call, a thriller starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

This was followed by Stonehearst Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) in 2014, with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis and Ben Kingsley in the leading roles.[5]

His latest film is an espionage thriller Beirut, which stars Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

Television workEdit

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]

He also directed the pilot episode of CBS's Zoo.

Future projectsEdit

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 Schreiber. Anderson was supposed to 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 have had plans 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
2018 Beirut
2019 Fractured
Year Title Notes
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Episode: "Bones of Contention"
2002–2006 The Wire Episode: "The Cost"
Episode: "A New Day"
2003 The Shield Episode: "Inferno"
2006 Masters of Horror Episode: "Sounds Like"
2008 Fear Itself Episode: "Spooked"
2008–2011 Fringe Episode: "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
Episode: "The Transformation"
Episode: "Unleashed"
Episode: "There's More Than One of Everything"
Episode: "Night of Desirable Objects"
Episode: "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver."
Episode: "The Plateau"
Episode: "Entrada"
Episode: "Immortality"
Episode: "Os"
Episode: "One Night in October"
Episode: "And Those We've Left Behind"
2010 Treme Episode: "Shallow Water, Oh Mama"
2010 Rubicon Episode: "A Good Day's Work"
2010 Undercovers Episode: "Assassin"
2010–2011 Boardwalk Empire Episode: "Belle Femme"
Episode: "Battle of the Century"
2011 The Killing Episode: "Orpheus Descending"
2011 Treme Episode: "Carnival Time"
2012 Person of Interest Episode: "Legacy"
2012 Alcatraz Episode: "Cal Sweeney"
2012 The Killing Episode: "Numb"
2013 Almost Human Episode: "Pilot"
2014–2015 Forever Episode: "Pilot"[6]
Episode: "The Ecstasy of Agony"
Episode: "The Last Death of Henry Morgan"
2015 Zoo Episode: "First Blood"
2016 Frequency Episode: "Pilot"
2017-18 The Sinner Episode: "Part IV"
Episode: "Part VI"
2017 The Brave Episode: "Pilot"
2018 Titans Episode: "Titans"
Episode: "Hawk and Dove"


  1. ^ a b "Brad Anderson". Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Brad Anderson Biography (1964–)". Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. ^ Tobias, Scott (November 24, 2010). "Session 9 | Film | The New Cult Canon | The A.V. Club". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Paranormal Activity 2 Directing Gig Attracting Some Big Names | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  5. ^ “STONEHEARST ASYLUM” (Blu-ray Review)
  6. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (September 23, 2014). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Forever', 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'Scorpion' & 'America's Next Top Model' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Brad Anderson Introduced to 'Jack', a Serial Killer with Amnesia | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  8. ^ "John Cusack Signed On for Brad Anderson's 'Jack'".
  9. ^ "Brad Anderson to Direct The Living and the Dead | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dread Central. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Brad Anderson to Adapt 'The Living and the Dead'". Bloody Disgusting. 14 October 2009.

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