Owen Wilson

Actor, Screenwriter, Pool cleaner
A comic actor whose talents spread to writing and producing, Owen Wilson teamed up with college roommate Wes Anderson to help put Austin on the filmmaking map with their debut film, "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Because of ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1968 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Zoolander 2 2016 (Movie)

Hansel (Actor)

Masterminds 2015 (Movie)

Steve Chambers (Actor)

No Escape 2015 (Movie)

Jack Dwyer (Actor)

She's Funny That Way 2015 (Movie)

Arnold Albertson (Actor)

Are You Here 2014 (Movie)

Steve Dallas (Actor)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Coy Harlingen (Actor)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Jedediah (Actor)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

M. Chuck (Actor)

The Hero of Color City 2014 (Movie)

Ricky The Dragon (Voice)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drunk History 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Birds 2013 (Movie)

Reggie (Voice)

The Internship 2013 (Movie)

Nick Campbell (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Lightning McQueen (Voice)

Hall Pass 2011 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Midnight in Paris 2011 (Movie)

Gil (Actor)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Kenny Bostick (Actor)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

Matty (Actor)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Kevin Rawley (Actor)

Marmaduke 2010 (Movie)

Marmaduke (Voice)

The King of Luck 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

Jedediah (Actor)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Coach Skip (Actor)

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

Drillbit Taylor (Actor)

Marley & Me 2008 (Movie)

John Grogan (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Neil King (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Lightning McQueen (Actor)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Jedediah (Actor)

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

You, Me and Dupree 2006 (Movie)

Randy Dupree (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Reel Comedy: Wedding Crashers 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

John Beckwith (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Wilbur Wright (Actor)

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Kevin Rawley (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Starsky & Hutch 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Jack Ryan (Actor)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Ned Plimpton (Actor)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

Roy O'Bannon (Actor)

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

Alex Scott (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Enemy Lines 2001 (Movie)

Burnett (Actor)

King of the Hill 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

Eli Cash (Actor)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

Hansel (Actor)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

Kevin Rawley (Actor)

Shanghai Noon 2000 (Movie)

Roy O'Bannon (Actor)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Monte Rapid (Actor)

The Haunting 1999 (Movie)

Luke Sanderson (Actor)

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

Vann Sieger (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Oscar Choi (Actor)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Gary Dixon (Actor)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

Dignan (Actor)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Robin's Date (Actor)

Bottle Rocket 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Stories about Joan (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (5)

Behind Enemy Lines 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bottle Rocket 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

You, Me and Dupree 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

A comic actor whose talents spread to writing and producing, Owen Wilson teamed up with college roommate Wes Anderson to help put Austin on the filmmaking map with their debut film, "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Because of the offbeat comedy's success, Wilson snagged a number of roles in both small independents and studio blockbusters. Well known for being one of Hollywood's busiest lotharios off-screen, Wilson's amorous social life earned the actor the gratitude of tabloid editors and gossip columnists for years, though he publicly hit rock bottom in 2007 for a failed suicide attempt after battling depression. Onscreen, Wilson was a founding member of Hollywood's comedy "Frat Pack," a club which counted Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Wilson's brother, Luke, among its members. Meanwhile, Wilson starred in a number of successful stand-out films, including the action comedy "Shanghai Noon" (2001) co-starring Jackie Chan, the delightfully quirky ensemble comedy, "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), the box office smash comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), the animated crowd-pleaser "Cars" (2005), and the three's-a-crowd romp, "You, Me & Dupree" (2006). Following his suicide attempt, Wilson kept public appearances to a minimum, but did star in the hit "Marley & Me" (2008), "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009), and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011), which provided him with one of the best roles of his career, while also proving that he was more than just a comedic actor.

Relationships

Le Call

Companion
Began dating in 2007 No longer together

Carolina Cerisola Actor

Companion
Argentinean salsa dancer Dated in early 2004 Split October 2004

Sheryl Crow Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "The Minus Man" (1999) Began dating in August 1998 Separated in 2000 Crow's song "Safe and Sound" (2002) was dedicated to Wilson

Jade Duell

Companion
Dated from December 2009 - June 2011; mother of his son Robert Ford Wilson

Kate Hudson Actor

Companion
Began dating shortly after Hudson's split from Chris Robinson in 2006 Co-starred in "You, Me and Dupree" Ended relationship in May 2007 after nine months of dating Dated on and off throughout 2008 No longer together

Luke Wilson Actor

Brother
Born Sept. 21, 1971 Collaborated in "Bottle Rocket" (1996), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), and "The Wendell Baker Story" (2005)

Andrew Wilson Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 22, 1964 Collaborated in "Bottle Rocket" (1996), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), and "The Wendell Baker Story" (2005)

Robert Wilson

Father
Born c. 1941 Operated public TV station

Laura Wilson

Mother
Born c. 1939

Robert Wilson

Son
Born January 2011; mother, Jade Duell

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Attended for one year

Thomas Jefferson High School

Dallas , Texas
Finished tenth grade

New Mexico Military Institute

Roswell , New Mexico
Completed high school

St. Marks School of Texas

Dallas , Texas
Expelled in the tenth grade

University of Texas

Austin , Texas 1991
Roomed with future collaborator Wes Anderson

Milestones

2011

Directed by Woody Allen in "Midnight in Paris"

2011

Co-starred in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Jack Black and Steve Martin

2011

Co-starred with Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly Brothers' "Hall Pass"

2011

Reprised role as Lightning McQueen in the animated feature "Cars 2"

2010

Reprised role of Kevin Rawley for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"

2010

Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"

2010

Voiced the title character, a Great Dane, in the live-action film adaptation of the comic strip "Marmaduke"

2009

Re-teamed with Ben Stiller for the sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

2009

Lent his voice to Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

2008

Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Marley & Me"

2008

Played a bodyguard for hire in the comedy "Drillbit Taylor"

2007

Co-starred with brother Luke in "The Wendell Baker Story," a film co-directed by brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson; also penned by Luke

2007

Reunited with director Wes Anderson in "The Darjeeling Limited"

2006

Cast as Matt Dillon's best man in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"

2006

Re-teamed with Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"

2006

Voiced Lightning McQueen in the animated feature "Cars"

2005

Co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn in "Wedding Crashers," about two friends who crash weddings to pick up women

2004

Starred as a con man in the comedy "The Big Bounce" with Morgan Freeman

2004

Cast as Wilbur Wright in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"

2004

Co-starred in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" with Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett

2004

Cast alongside Ben Stiller as Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson in the big screen version of the 1970s cop series "Starsky and Hutch"

2003

Reteamed with Chan in the sequel "Shanghai Knights"

2002

Paired with Eddie Murphy for the feature adaptation of the action comedy "I Spy"

2001

Reteamed with Ben Stiller to play a vacuous male model rival to Stiller's titular "Zoolander"

2001

With Anderson, penned the screenplay for "The Royal Tenenbaums"; also co-starred with Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller

2001

Starred opposite Gene Hackman in the war-themed drama "Behind Enemy Lines"

2000

Starred with Jackie Chan in the Old West-set buddy actioner "Shanghai Noon"

2000

Featured in Jay Roach's "Meet the Parents," starring Stiller and Robert De Niro

1999

Played a charming serial killer in "The Minus Man"

1999

Co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lili Taylor in the remake "The Haunting"

1999

Featured in Alan Rudolph's poorly received "Breakfast of Champions"

1998

With Anderson, co-wrote and produced the comedy-drama "Rushmore," starring Bill Murray

1998

Played small supporting role in "Permanent Midnight," starring Ben Stiller

1998

Appeared as one of the oil drillers sent to outer space to stop an oncoming asteroid in "Armageddon"

1997

Served as associate producer of Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It Gets"

1997

Acted in the Amazonian action thriller "Anaconda"

1996

Had small role in Ben Stiller's "The Cable Guy"

1996

Co-starred (with brother Luke) and co-scripted (with Anderson) the feature version of "Bottle Rocket"

1992

Co-wrote and co-starred with older brother Andrew and younger brother Luke in the short film "Bottle Rocket," directed by college pal Wes Anderson

Born and raised in Texas

Bonus Trivia

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"The way some people are good at figuring out equations in Algebra, I like to think I'm good at figuring out why characters behave the way they do. I like the ones who are slightly cracked." – Wilson to Los Angeles magazine, July 1998

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Wilson on the the world view shared by himself and creative partner Wes Anderson: "There's a lack of cruelty or meanness to the stuff we like. We're interested in characters who have enthusiasm." – quoted in The New York Times, Jan. 31, 1999

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Wilson on working with Jackie Chan in "Shanghai Noon": "I decided if Jackie was doing all his own stunts, I wanted to be known as the actor who never did any." – quoted in USA Today, May 26, 2000

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Wilson on his creative input while acting: "For it to sound real to me, I have to change a little bit of stuff. Maybe that's my limitation, that I have a hard time sticking to the script." – quoted in US Weekly, June 19, 2000

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"I think there is a middle-child syndrome. I don't know quite what it is, but I think I suffer from it." – Wilson quoted in US Weekly, June 19, 2000

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"I think of somebody like Gene Hackman, who's been in lots of stuff, who doesn't really change his appearance or voice too much, so it's kind of inspiring. Maybe I could do stuff like that, make it believable for myself while still dealing with my limitations." – Wilson to New York Post, Nov. 25, 2001

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"You show up on the set, you make new friends, you get to be friends with the crew. Writing is more like having a term paper. You hole up and try to pull something out of nothing." – Wilson on the differences between acting and writing to The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2, 2001

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"People always say that they see me as the laid-back, surfer, stoner type...I guess it's just being from Texas, and talking in a deliberate – I would say thoughtful – way, but other people would say it's slow. Maybe I'm a victim of my hair color." – Wilson to People, Nov. 15, 2006

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On Aug. 26, 2007, Owen Wilson was rushed to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA by ambulance for undisclosed reasons. Wilson was later transferred to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where his condition was described as serious, but later upgraded to good. "I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time," the actor said in a statement. Although it was unclear which family member made the 911 call, according to Santa Monica Police logs, the reason given was listed as an attempted suicide.

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