Rita Wilson

Actor, Model, Bookkeeper
Though Rita Wilson began her career as a supporting actress in films like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Runaway Bride" (1999), she found her greatest success as the producer of two highly successful films, the ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Civil Wars 1991 - 1992, 1997 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 1999 - 2001, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full Circle 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girls 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1997 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawn Patrol 2014 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Kiss Me 2014 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Good Wife 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jewtopia 2013 (Movie)

Arlene Lipschitz (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Body of Proof 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Do You Think You Are? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Wilma Q. Gammelgaard (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Art of Getting By 2011 (Movie)

Vivian Sargent (Actor)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

Trisha (Actor)

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

Elinor (Actor)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Jenna (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Ohio 2005 (Movie)

Judith Messerman (Actor)

The Chumscrubber 2005 (Movie)

Terri Bratley (Actor)

Raise Your Voice 2004 (Movie)

Frances Fletcher (Actor)

My Big Fat Greek Life 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

Anne Crane (Actor)

Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Roberta (Actor)

The Glass House 2001 (Movie)

Grace Baker (Actor)

Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

Liz Langston (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Margueritte (Actor)

No Dogs Allowed 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Christina DeWitt (Actor)

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Suzy (Actor)

Mournin' Mess 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Public Relations Woman (Actor)

Silent Whisper 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

Beth Wexler (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

Hostage (Actor)

Flying High 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beach Girls 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheerleaders 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Barbarians At the Gate (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor

Invisible Child (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though Rita Wilson began her career as a supporting actress in films like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Runaway Bride" (1999), she found her greatest success as the producer of two highly successful films, the comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) and the musical "Mamma Mia!" (2008), which broke box office records around the globe. Though a skilled performer with a talent for light comedy, Wilson never quite found her star vehicle as an actress, but after her marriage to occasional co-star Tom Hanks, she began exploring production properties through his company, Playtone. With two major hits to her credit, Wilson proved herself to be a shrewd predictor of audience tastes, and one of the most accomplished independent producers of the new millennium.

Relationships

Tom Hanks Actor

Husband
Met in 1981 when Wilson appeared on an episode of Hanks' show "Bosom Buddies" (ABC) Fell in love on the set of "Volunteers" (1985) Married April 30, 1988

Colin Hanks Actor

Step-Son
Born Nov. 24, 1977 to Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes

Chet Hanks Actor

Son
Born Aug. 4, 1990; father, Tom Hanks; rapped under stage name "Chet Haze"

Elizabeth Hanks Actor

Step-Daughter
Born May 17, 1982 to Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes

Truman Hanks

Son
Born Dec. 26, 1995; father, Tom Hanks

Hassan Ibrahimoff

Father
A Greek Pomak who worked at a racetrack Before immigrating to the U.S., lived in Bulgaria and Turkey Changed family name from Ibrahimoff to Wilson, which was a name of a local street in Southern California

Dorothy Wilson

Mother
Born and raised in a Greek village on the Albanian border

Chris Wilson

Brother
Born in 1958

Lily Wilson

Sister
Born in 1953

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Only attended for one year

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

2012

Released her debut album AM/FM

2011

Reteamed with Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne"

2009

Appeared with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy "Old Dogs"

2009

Co-starred in the comedy "It's Complicated," directed by Nancy Meyers

2008

Executive produced (with Hanks) the film adaptation of the West End stage musical "Mamma Mia!"

2006

Performed the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of "Chicago"

2005

Co-starred in Arie Posin's darkly satiric feature "The Chumscrubber"

2003

Produced the short-lived CBS series "My Big Fat Greek Life," also starring Vardalos

2002

Co-produced (with Hanks) Nia Vardalos's feature adaptation "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"; was the driving force behind the film, which became the highest-grossing independent film of all time

2002

Played Bob Crane's wife (Greg Kinnear) in "Autofocus"

2000

Acted in the LA premiere of the Pulitzer-winning "Dinner With Friends"

1999

Withdrew from the cast of Neil Simon's play "The Dinner Party" due to creative differences

1999

Cast as Richard Gere's ex-wife in "Runaway Bride"

1998

Played Susan Borman, wife of astronaut Frank Borman in the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"; husband Hanks directed, produced, and scripted

1996

Cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the comedy "Jingle All the Way"

1995

Co-starred with Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell, and Demi Moore in the coming of age ensemble drama "Now and Then"

1994

Again teamed with Ephron for "Mixed Nuts"

1993

Played a supporting role in Nora Ephron's romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle," starring Hanks and Meg Ryan

1990

Cast as a P.R. woman in "The Bonfire of the Vanities," starring Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith

1985

First starring role in a feature, "Volunteers" opposite Hanks

1982

Made guest appearances on two episodes of ABC's "Happy Days" (billed as Margarita Ibrahimoff)

1982

First recurring role on a TV series, playing Nurse Lacey on "M*A*S*H" (CBS)

1980

Feature film debut, "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"

1980

Guest starred on future husband Tom Hanks' sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (ABC)

1978

Acted on the CBS series "Flying High"

Began modeling at age 14 after being discovered by a fashion photographer

Raised in Los Angeles

Appeared in numerous stage productions at the Macowan Theater in London

Bonus Trivia

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"I never wanted to be a big star. I just want to keep on working." – Wilson quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, April 2000

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