Owen Wilson

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Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson Cannes 2011.jpg
Owen Wilson in 2011
BornOwen Cunningham Wilson
(1968-11-18) November 18, 1968 (age 45)[1]
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice-over artist, writer, producer
Years active1994–present
ParentsRobert Wilson (father)
Laura Cunningham Wilson (mother)
FamilyLuke Wilson (brother)
Andrew Wilson (brother)
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Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson Cannes 2011.jpg
Owen Wilson in 2011
BornOwen Cunningham Wilson
(1968-11-18) November 18, 1968 (age 45)[1]
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice-over artist, writer, producer
Years active1994–present
ParentsRobert Wilson (father)
Laura Cunningham Wilson (mother)
FamilyLuke Wilson (brother)
Andrew Wilson (brother)

Owen Cunningham Wilson (born November 18, 1968)[2] is an American actor and screenwriter born in Dallas, Texas. He is the middle child of three brothers; siblings Andrew and Luke Wilson are also actors. Wilson is known for his long association with the filmmaker Wes Anderson, having shared co-writing and acting credits in the films Bottle Rocket (1996), which was his acting debut, and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and for his collaborations with fellow actor Ben Stiller. The two have appeared in eight films together.

Wilson is best known for his roles in Meet the Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), Wedding Crashers (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), Marley & Me (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Midnight in Paris (2011), and The Internship (2013), as well as for his voice role as Lightning McQueen in Pixar's Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011).

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, to photographer Laura (Cunningham) Wilson and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and operator of a public television station. He has an older brother, Andrew and a younger brother, Luke. Both brothers are also involved in filmmaking.[3] His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish descent.[4] Wilson attended New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas at Austin, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English.[5]


After his film debut, Bottle Rocket, Wilson co-wrote with Anderson the script for Anderson's next two directorial efforts, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, for which they garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Wilson then landed a role in The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller, an early admirer of Bottle Rocket. After appearing in minor roles in action films like Anaconda, Armageddon and The Haunting, Wilson appeared in two dramatic roles: a supporting role in Permanent Midnight, which starred Stiller as a drug-addicted TV writer; and the lead role (as a serial killer) in The Minus Man, in which his future girlfriend, singer Sheryl Crow, was a co-star. He also made a cameo appearance in the Girl Skateboards video Yeah Right! in 2003.

Wilson at the London premiere of You, Me and Dupree, 2006

Wilson got his big break with the 2000 comedy action film Shanghai Noon, starring opposite Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. The film grossed nearly US$100 million worldwide. His fame continued to rise after starring alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell in the 2001 film Zoolander.

Gene Hackman took notice of Wilson's performance in Shanghai Noon and recommended Wilson to co-star in the 2001 action film Behind Enemy Lines. Also in 2001, Wilson and Anderson collaborated on their third film, The Royal Tenenbaums, which was a financial and critical success. The comedy featured an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny Glover, Seymour Cassel and brother Luke. Owen had a memorable supporting role in the film as Eli Cash, a drug-addled bon vivant who becomes a literary celebrity. The film earned the writing team an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Wilson returned to the buddy-comedy genre in 2002 with the action comedy I Spy, co-starring Eddie Murphy. This big-screen remake of the television series flopped at the box office. He then reunited with Chan to make Shanghai Knights (2003), and co-starred in the film remake of the television series Starsky & Hutch (2004). Due to his busy schedule as an actor and an ongoing sinus condition, Wilson was unavailable to collaborate on the script for Wes Anderson's fourth feature, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The 2004 film was ultimately co-written by filmmaker Noah Baumbach. However, Wilson did star in the film as Bill Murray's would-be son, Ned Plimpton; a role written specifically for Wilson.[6] In 2004 Wilson worked with his brother Luke Wilson in the 2004 film Around the World in 80 Days as the Wright brothers.

Wilson in May 2007

Wilson partnered with Vince Vaughn in the 2005 Wedding Crashers which grossed over $200 million in the US alone. Also in 2005, Owen collaborated with his brothers by appearing in The Wendell Baker Story, written by brother Luke, directed by Luke and brother Andrew.[7] In the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars, Wilson voiced Lightning McQueen, starred in You, Me and Dupree with Kate Hudson, and appeared with Stiller in Night at the Museum as Jedediah, the cowboy, an uncredited role.

He also appeared in ten films with Stiller (a long-time friend) to date: The Cable Guy (1996), Permanent Midnight (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Meet the Fockers (2004), Night at the Museum (2006), and the sequels Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Little Fockers (2010).

Wilson appeared in another Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited, which screened at the 45th annual New York Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and opened September 30, 2007, co-starring Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody.[8] Wilson next starred in the Judd Apatow comedy, Drillbit Taylor, released in March 2008. He appeared in a film adaptation of John Grogan's best-selling memoir, Marley & Me (2008), co-starring Jennifer Aniston.[9]

The Darjeeling Limited, starring Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman was selected for a DVD and Blu-ray release by The Criterion Collection in October 2010.[10]

Wilson provided the voice for the Whackbat Coach Skip in Wes Anderson's version of Fantastic Mr. Fox. He starred in the film The Big Year, an adaptation of Mark Obmascik's book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession.[11] The film was released in October 2011 from 20th Century Fox and co-starred Jack Black, JoBeth Williams, Steve Martin, and Rashida Jones.

Wilson is a member of the comedic acting brotherhood colloquially known as the Frat Pack. His films have grossed more than $2.25 billion domestically (United States and Canada), with an average of $75 million per film. Wilson made a guest appearance on the NBC comedy Community with fellow Frat Pack member Jack Black.[12]

Most recently, Wilson starred as a nostalgia-seized writer in the romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen. The film was Allen's highest grossing thus far,[13] and was also well received by critics.[14] In March 2012, Wilson landed the leading role in the John Erick Dowdle Thriller "The Coup".[15] In the film he is slated to play the role of the father in an American family that moves to Southeast Asia, only to find itself swept up in a wave of rebel violence that is overwhelming the city. With this role, Wilson returns to the action genre for the first time since 2001's Behind Enemy Lines.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson at the Hall Pass Red Carpet 2011

The 2002 release of the album C'mon C'mon by former girlfriend Sheryl Crow features the song "Safe and Sound", which is dedicated to Wilson in the liner notes and is said to be an autobiographical account of Wilson and Crow's relationship.

On August 26, 2007, Wilson was taken to St. John's Health Center for what was rumored to be a suicide attempt. He was then transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[17] His lawyer confirmed that he had been undergoing treatment for depression.[18] A few days after his hospitalization, Wilson withdrew from his role in Tropic Thunder (being replaced by Matthew McConaughey[19]), produced by and co-starring his friend and frequent collaborator Ben Stiller.[20] He had been dating Kate Hudson since 2006, and the pair had broken up. It was widely speculated that his reaction to the breakup had something to do with his alleged suicide attempt. After his hospital stay, Wilson participated in limited publicity and promotion for his films.[21]

In 2008, it was reported that Wilson and Hudson had got back together and were planning to marry.[22] However, they did not marry, but instead repeatedly broke up and got together again during 2008 and 2009 before finally breaking it off for good.[23]

On January 10, 2011, Wilson's representative announced that Wilson and his girlfriend Jade Duell were expecting a baby.[24] Four days later, on January 14, it was confirmed that Duell had given birth in Hawaii to a baby boy, Robert Ford Wilson.[25][25][26] Wilson and Duell had ended their relationship by June 2011.[27] In October 2013, Wilson's representative confirmed that he is expecting a child with his personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist, though they are not in a relationship and Lindqvist is in the process of divorcing her husband.[28]

Wilson is a fan of several Dallas-area professional sports teams, and has been spotted at Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games.[29][30]

Wilson's bumpy nose is the result of breaking it twice, once during a high school fight, and once playing football with friends.[31]


List of acting credits in film and television
1996Bottle RocketDignanExecutive producer
Co-writer with Wes Anderson
Also in the short film
The Cable GuyRobin's Date
1997AnacondaGary Dixon
1998ArmageddonOscar Choice
Permanent MidnightNicky
RushmoreNone, writer onlyCo-writer w/ Wes Anderson
1999Heat Vision and JackHeat VisionVoice only
Television film
The HauntingLuke Sanderson
Breakfast of ChampionsMonte Rapid
The Minus ManVann Siegert
2000Meet the ParentsKevin RawleyNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Shanghai NoonRoy O'BannonNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Action Team
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor: Musical or Comedy
2001Behind Enemy LinesLt. Chris Burnett
The Royal TenenbaumsEli CashExecutive producer
Co-writer with Wes Anderson
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor: Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
ZoolanderHansel McDonaldNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
2002I SpyAlex ScottNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble
2003Shanghai KnightsRoy O'BannonNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Yeah Right!HimselfCameo appearance
2004The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouNed PlimptonNominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Meet the FockersKevin Rawley
Around the World in 80 DaysWilbur Wright
Starsky & HutchKen HutchinsonMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Comedy Actor
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
The Big BounceJack Ryan
2005The Wendell Baker StoryNeil King
Wedding CrashersJohn BeckwithMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Match-Up
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock
2006Night at the MuseumJedediahUncredited
You, Me and DupreeRandolph DupreeProducer
CarsLightning McQueenVoice only
2007Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling LimitedFrancis Whitman
2008Drillbit TaylorDrillbit Taylor
Over Her Dead BodyGuy on PhoneUncredited
Marley & MeJohn GroganNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianJedediah
CommunityCool GuyTV Show: 1 Episode
Fantastic Mr. FoxCoach SkipVoice only
2010How Do You KnowMatty Reynolds
Little FockersKevin Rawley
MarmadukeMarmadukeVoice only
2011Hall PassRick
Midnight in ParisGilNominated – Comedy Award for Comedy Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[32]
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture[33]
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Cars 2Lightning McQueenVoice only
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Voice
The Big YearKenny Bostick
2013The InternshipNick Campbell
Freezing People Is Easy
You Are HereCompleted
Free Birds[34][35]ReggieVoice only
Drunk HistoryJohn Harvey KelloggSeason 1 Episode 6: Detroit
2014She's Funny That WayArnold AlbertsonPost-Production
Inherent ViceCoy Harlingen
The Grand Budapest HotelM. ChuckCompleted
Night at the Museum 3JedediahFilming

Video games[edit]

2006CarsLightning McQueenVoice only

Music videos[edit]

2013Christmas in L.A.The Killers


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