5 Best Director & Actor Collaboration Pairs

5 BEST DIRECTOR & ACTOR COLLABORATION PAIRS – When a director and actor collaborate on a film, they spend a lot of time together working on set, finalizing in post-production, and promoting worldwide. Although many of them probably never see each other after the movie is finally released, there are those few director-actor pairs who realize they go well together, such as Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler. However, there are even fewer pairs who have the creativity and talent to produce high-caliber films, like Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe or Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. Here is our list of the best director-actor pairs.


5. Wes Anderson & Bill Murray

Bill Murray and Wes Anderson

Bill Murray and Wes Anderson

Filmmaker Wes Anderson kicked off his career with 1996’s Bottle Rocket, starring Owen Wilson, who is another frequent collaborator with Anderson. Although the movie failed at the box office, it was critically acclaimed, launching his career. His next movie was 1998’s Rushmore, which starred Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray competing over the same girl. Since then, Murray has appeared in every one of Anderson’s films, which helped Murray become recognized as an independent cinema actor. Look for Murray starring in Anderson’s upcoming movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

COLLABORATIONS: Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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