Paul Thomas Anderson, director of contemporary classics like There Will Be Blood and Magnolia, turns 42 today. Born and raised in Southern California, Anderson made his feature debut in 1996, with Hard Eight, and would make his popular breakthrough just one year later, with the seminal Boogie Nights. He's been relatively quiet since 2008,when Blood earned him a Best Director nomination at that year's Academy Awards, but that'll change this October, when Anderson releases The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. You can watch a teaser for the film here.

Above, Anderson (right) directs Daniel Day-Lewis while shootingThere Will Be Blood.