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Date of Birth

Birth Place

Owen Cunningham Wilson

November 18, 1968

Dallas, Texas

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Owen Cunningham Wilson (born: November 18, 1968 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor and Academy Award nominated writer.




Birth name: Owen Cunningham Wilson

Date of birth: November 18, 1968

Birth location: Dallas, USA






Early life

Owen on Bottle RocketWilson was born in Dallas, Texas to Robert Andrew Wilson, a PBS executive, and Laura Cunningham, a photographer, both of whom were of Irish Catholic descent. Owen is the middle sibling of three brothers: Andrew, the eldest, and Luke, the youngest, who is also a well-known actor.


He attended The Lamplighter School and then St. Mark's School of Texas, where he was expelled in tenth grade. He graduated high school at the New Mexico Military Institute. Afterwards, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met future collaborator Wes Anderson. Owen dropped out two courses shy of a degree; he needed a math and a Spanish class to graduate.





Rise to Stardom

In 1993, Wilson co-wrote and starred in the short film version of Bottle Rocket, which was directed by Wes Anderson. After being screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Wilson and Anderson were recruited by filmmaker James L. Brooks to expand the Bottle Rocket short to feature-length for Gracie Films. The young team of filmmakers were given $5 million dollars to make the film, about a group of innocents who try their hands at being petty thieves. Although not a financial success upon its release in 1996, the film became a cult favorite and introduced Wilson's offbeat acting style to American audiences. (Owen's oft-repeated line is an indie film fan favorite: "On the run from Johnny Law. Ain't no trip to Cleveland.")


Owen, along with his brothers Luke and Andrew, moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting careers. Owen landed minor roles in big budgeted movies very quickly such as The Cable Guy which was directed by Ben Stiller, an early admirer of Bottle Rocket. After minor appearances in action films like Anaconda, Armageddon and The Haunting, Owen got his big break with the 2000 comedy action hit Shanghai Noon starring opposite Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, which grossed nearly US$100 million worldwide.


Gene Hackman took notice of Owen's performance in Shanghai Noon and recommended him to play opposite him in the 2001 action film Behind Enemy Lines — it remained the only big budgeted film which Owen had a starring role that deviated from buddy comedy roles that Owen has since embraced.





Buddy Comedy Success

Owen returned to the buddy comedy genre in 2002 with the action comedy I Spy, co-starring this time with Eddie Murphy. The big screen remake of the television series flopped at the box office. He then reunited with Chan to make Shanghai Knights (2003), teamed up with Ben Stiller in Zoolander (2001) and the movie remake of the television series Starsky & Hutch (2004), and partnered with Vince Vaughn in the 2005 Wedding Crashers which grossed over $200 million dollars in the US alone. In 2006 he starred in You, Me, and Dupree.



Writing Career

Although he found initial success as a film actor after his turn as "Dignan" in Bottle Rocket, Wilson remained a key creative collaborator to Wes Anderson's next two directorial efforts. Rushmore was the two writers' second script, and was partially based on Wilson's own expulsion from St. Mark's as a teenager. Although he didn't appear in the film, he and Anderson acknowledged on the Criterion Collection DVD audio commentary that Wilson has a sort of quasi-cameo as Rosemary Cross's dead husband, Edward Appleby. The photographs of Appleby in Ms. Cross's room are ones taken of Wilson as a boy. [1]


In 2001, Wilson and Anderson wrote 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, Luke Wilson, and Danny Glover. Wilson had a memorable supporting role in the film as a Professor-turned-bestseller "Eli Cash." It earned the writing team an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.


Due to his busy schedule as an actor, he wasn't able to collaborate on the script for Wes Anderson's fourth feature, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which was ultimately co-written by filmmaker Noah Baumbach. However, Wilson eventually did star in the film as Bill Murray's would-be son, Ned Plimpton, which was a role written specifically for Wilson. [2]


Frat Pack

Wilson's roles have varied between small, quirky comedy collaborations with Anderson and bigger budget box office fare. Wilson, along with Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, and Steve Carell are considered members of the Frat Pack. [3] Owen is the first "Frat Pack" member to receive an Academy Award nomination.


He has been in seven movies with Ben Stiller, up to this date. They are The Cable Guy (1996), Permanent Midnight (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and Meet the Fockers (2004). In 2006, he and Stiller will both appear in Night at the Museum.


In early 2005, Wilson rushed to the defense of his long-time friend and fellow frat-packer, Ben Stiller, after The New Yorker published a disparaging characterization of Stiller's film performances, calling him "the latest, and crudest, version of the urban Jewish male on the make." The esteemed magazine published a letter written by Wilson, charging that the critic David Denby was a "bully" who blithely dismissed all of Stiller's filmography with a touch of personal rancor. In Wilson's words, he jumped to defend Stiller "not because [the article] was good or fair toward my friend but exactly because it wasn’t." [4]



Personal life

Owen Wilson dated Sheryl Crow when he was making The Minus Man. The couple separated in 2000. Currently, Wilson is reportedly dating Kate Hudson, his co-star from You, Me and Dupree. Wilson is also a big Willie Nelson fan, and enjoys playing Ping Pong. He once played a publicized match against Regis Philbin on Regis and Kelly. Owen also likes to skateboard and appears in Yeah Right! a 2003 skateboarding movie (he is also seen teaching kids how to skateboard in a half pipe in You, Me & Dupree).




Year Film Role Notes

2007 Drillbit Taylor  

Knocked Up Himself Cameo

2006 Night at the Museum Jedidiah 

You, Me and Dupree Randy Dupree 

Cars Lightning McQueen Voice

2005 The Wendell Baker Story Neil King 

Wedding Crashers John Beckwith 

2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Ned Plimpton 

Meet the Fockers Kevin Rawley Cameo

Around the World in 80 Days Wilbur Wright Cameo

Starsky & Hutch Ken Hutchinson 

The Big Bounce Jack Ryan 

2003 Shanghai Knights Roy O'Bannon 

 Yeah Right! Himself Cameo

2002 I Spy Alex Scott 

2001 Behind Enemy Lines Lt. Chris Burnett 

The Royal Tenenbaums Eli Cash Oscar nod (writing)

Zoolander Hansel McDonald 

2000 Meet the Parents Kevin Rawley 

Shanghai Noon Roy O'Bannon 

1999 Heat Vision and Jack Heat Vision/Doug (voice) TV

The Haunting Luke Sanderson 

Breakfast of Champions Monte Rapid 

The Minus Man Vann Siegert 

1998 Rushmore Edward Applebee 

Permanent Midnight Nicky 

Armageddon Oscar Choi 

1997 Anaconda Gary Dixon 

1996 The Cable Guy Robin's date 

Bottle Rocket Dignan 

1994 Bottle Rocket (short) Dignan 


Movie Salaries

You, Me and Dupree (2006) $15,000,000

Cars (2006) $2,000,000

Wedding Crashers (2005) $10,000,000

Starsky & Hutch (2004) $10,000,000

Behind Enemy Lines (2001) $3,000,000

Zoolander (2001) $2,000,000

Shanghai Noon (2000) $4,000,000




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