The son of playwright/theatrical director Bayard Veiller and actress Margaret Wycherly, Anthony Veiller received a liberal arts education at Ohio's Antioch College. After experience as a theater manager and film publicist, Veiller turned to screenwriting in 1932. Eight years later he became a producer at Paramount Pictures. He co-scripted a handful of the Why We Fight propaganda films of the 1940s, narrating the 1942 entry The Battle of Russia. From 1949 to 1952, he was a staff producer at Warner Bros. After the independently produced Red Planet Mars (1952), Veiller returned exclusively to screenwriting until his retirement in 1962; among his later credits were the John Huston efforts The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) and Night of the Iguana (1964). Anthony Veiller shared Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations for Stage Door (1937) and The Killers (1946).