So I sure as shit ain't afraid to burn here on Earth.
~ Wes Mantooth, before he is accidentally killed by Brick Tamland.
Wes Mantooth is Ron Burgundy's chief rival, half-brother, and the lead anchor of KQHS Channel 9 Evening News Team, as well as the main antagonist in the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and a cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

He was portrayed by Vince Vaughn.


It is revealed early on that Mantooth is extremely sensitive about insults directed towards his mother, Dorothy Mantooth, whom he regards as a "saint".

Mantooth is consistently irritated by his being second in the ratings, causing him and his news team to ultimately initiate an anchorman battle against Burgundy and three other news teams in a street brawl using a knife.

The anchorman battle was interrupted and forcing everyone to ditch the fight. Later in the movie he pulls Burgundy from a ladder out of the bear pit, explaining that while he hates him he nonetheless respects him as a journalist.


  • The character is loosely based on the CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge.