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American Express Commercials

Erin McCarthy
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On this date in 1850, American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. The brand has had some of the most creative commercials of any credit card company; here are six of our favorites, starring a few familiar faces.

Stephen King

This spooky 1985 ad begins as a "guess who?"

Wes Anderson

The director calls in some help from friend and frequent collaborator Jason Schwartzman for this commercial.

Martin Scorsese

The Academy Award winning director pokes fun at his photography skills in this ad.

M. Night Shyamalan

There doesn't appear to be a twist ending to this commercial—as there are in most of this director's movies—but there is plenty to feed the imagination.

Tina Fey

Tina has a lot to do—and this commercial proves it.

Ellen Degeneres

Working with a bunch of animals has never been so funny, or so adorable.