So who are the Tenenbaums? Watch the videos below to explore the characters of our story as both child and adult.

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Introducing the Tenenbaums in adulthood:


Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman): 

Lawyer and absent father of Richie, Chas, and the adoptive father of Margot. Married and divorced by Etheline Tenenbaum. Has not seen children in 22 years, has not seen wife in 7 years. Has stomach cancer, but is also a manipulative liar, as he does not actually have stomach cancer.




Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston):

Noted archeologist and author. Ex-wife of Royal Tenenbaum. Mother to Chas, Richie and adoptive mother of Margot, of whom she raised with the intention of education being their top priority. Engaged to Henry Sherman.




Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller):

Son of Etheline and Royal Tenenbaum. Overprotective father of two sons: Uzi and Ari. Widower of wife Rachel, who died in a plane crash. Owner of small beagle named Buckley. A genius in finance.



Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow):

Adopted daughter of Royal and Etheline. Successful playwright. Secretive and a chain smoker. Married to husband, Raleigh St. Clair, whom she ignores, sitting in her bathroom all day. Missing half of one of her fingers.




Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson):

Son of Royal and Etheline Tenenbaum. Tennis prodigy. Secretly in love with Margot Tenenbaum. Stopped playing professional Tennis due to a nervous breakdown on the court brought on by Margot’s marriage to Raleigh St. Clair the day before.