Owen Wilson

Owen Cunningham Wilson is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He has had a long association with filmmaker Wes Anderson, with whom he shared writing and acting credits for Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay.
He has had leading roles in Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Marley and Me, Midnight in Paris and a number of Frat Pack comedies, including Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Wedding Crashers, The Wendell Baker Story, You, Me and Dupree, Drillbit Taylor, Little Fockers, The Big Year and The Internship. For his role as vulnerable screenwriter Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris, he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He has voiced Lightning McQueen in the Cars film series, Coach Skip in Fantastic Mr. Fox, the title character in Marmaduke and Reggie in Free Birds. His older brother Andrew and younger brother Luke are also actors.

Early life

Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 1968, the middle of three sons of photographer Laura Wilson and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and operator of a public television station. His parents, of Irish descent, were originally from Massachusetts. Wilson attended New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas at Austin, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.



After his film debut in Bottle Rocket, Wilson co-wrote with Wes Anderson the script for Anderson's next two directorial films, 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 supporting roles in action films like Anaconda and Armageddon and the horror film 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 in The Minus Man, in which his future girlfriend, singer Sheryl Crow, was a co-star.


Wilson starred in the 2000 comedy action film Shanghai Noon alongside Jackie Chan. The film grossed nearly $100 million worldwide. His fame continued to rise after starring alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell in the 2001 film Zoolander. Gene Hackman reportedly took notice of Wilson's performance in Shanghai Noon and recommended the actor 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, a financial and critical success. 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 did not perform well at the box office. He made a cameo appearance in the Girl Skateboards video Yeah Right! in 2003. He then reunited with Chan to make Shanghai Knights, and co-starred in the film remake of the 1970s television series Starsky & Hutch. 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 film, 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 him. In 2004, he and his brother Luke played the Wright brothers in the 2004 film Around the World in 80 Days.
Wilson partnered with Vince Vaughn in the 2005 comedy film Wedding Crashers, which grossed over $200 million in the US alone. Also in 2005, Owen collaborated with his brothers in The Wendell Baker Story, written by Luke and directed by Luke and Andrew. In 2006, Wilson voiced Lightning McQueen in the Disney/Pixar film Cars, starred in You, Me and Dupree with Kate Hudson, and appeared with Stiller in Night at the Museum as cowboy Jedediah.
Wilson has starred with Ben Stiller in twelve films, including The Cable Guy, Permanent Midnight, Meet the Parents, Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums, Starsky & Hutch, Meet the Fockers, Night at the Museum, and the sequels ', Little Fockers, ' and Zoolander 2.
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. This was selected for a DVD and Blu-ray release by The Criterion Collection in October 2010. 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, co-starring Jennifer Aniston.
He provided the voice for the Whackbat Coach Skip in Wes Anderson's 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. The film was released in October 2011 by 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. Wilson made a guest appearance on the NBC comedy Community with fellow Frat Pack member Jack Black.


In 2011, Wilson starred as a nostalgia-seized writer in the romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen. The film premiered at the 64th Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Wilson earned a Golden Globe Award for his performance. The film became was Allen's highest grossing thus far, and was also well received by critics.
Wilson returned to voice McQueen in Cars 2. In March 2012, Wilson was signed to star in the John Erick Dowdle thriller The Coup, later renamed "No Escape", in which he played the role of the father of 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. The film was not released until 2015, and was Wilson's return to the action genre for the first time since Behind Enemy Lines in 2001. He also voiced turkey Reggie in Reel FX's first animated film, Free Birds.
In 2014, Wilson appeared in Wes Anderson's acclaimed ensemble comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel and in Paul Thomas Anderson's book adaptation of Inherent Vice. In 2015, he starred with Jennifer Aniston in Peter Bogdanovich's film She's Funny That Way, and in the action thriller film No Escape alongside Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan. Wilson's films have grossed more than 2.25 billion domestically, with an average of 75M per film. In 2017, Wilson again voiced Lightning McQueen in Cars 3, played a suburban father in the drama Wonder, and co-starred with Ed Helms in the comedy Father Figures.
In November 2017, Wilson became the face of a new £20 million advertising campaign for the UK sofa retailer Sofology. He returned to work with Sofology in 2019 for a second advertising campaign.

Upcoming projects

Wilson will next appear in The French Dispatch, directed by Wes Anderson, Bliss, directed by Mike Cahill opposite Salma Hayek for Amazon Studios, and Marry Me, alongside Jennifer Lopez directed by Kat Coiro for Universal Pictures.
Wilson is attached to a sequel to Shanghai Knights, marking his third collaboration with Jackie Chan.
Wilson is to appear in the Loki series on Disney+, though his role has yet to be revealed.

Personal life

Wilson's distinctive nose is the result of an unexplained injury in his youth. While not exactly specified, Wilson has hinted that it was the result of either his rowdy behavior or from playing football. He nevertheless admits that he is proud of his features.
In April 2002, the 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 account of Wilson and Crow's relationship.
In August 2007, Wilson attempted suicide and was subsequently treated for depression at St. John's Health Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A few days after his hospitalization, Wilson withdrew from his role in Tropic Thunder, which was produced by and co-starred his friend and frequent collaborator Ben Stiller, and was replaced by Matthew McConaughey. The incident resulted in much unwanted publicity for Wilson and he has been wary of doing interviews ever since.
In January 2011, Wilson and his girlfriend Jade Duell had a son. Wilson and Duell ended their relationship later that year. In January 2014, Caroline Lindqvist gave birth to Wilson's second son. He had a third child, a daughter, in October 2018, with ex-girlfriend Varunie Vongsvirates. According to Vongsvirates, Wilson has never met his daughter as of November 2019.



1996Bottle RocketDignanAlso writer
1996The Cable GuyRobin's Date
1997AnacondaGary Dixon
1997As Good as It GetsAssociate producer
1998ArmageddonOscar Choice
1998Permanent MidnightNicky
1998RushmoreCo-writer; Wilson also appeared in a photograph in the film.
1999The HauntingLuke Sanderson
1999Breakfast of ChampionsMonte Rapid
1999The Minus ManVann Siegert
2000Shanghai NoonRoy O'Bannon
2000Meet the ParentsKevin Rawley
2001ZoolanderHansel McDonald
2001The Royal TenenbaumsEli CashAlso writer
2001Behind Enemy LinesLt. Chris Burnett
2002I SpyAlex Scott
2002The SweatboxHimselfArchive footage; haven't been released to the public
2003Shanghai KnightsRoy O'Bannon
2003Yeah Right!HimselfCameo
2004The Big BounceJack Ryan
2004Starsky & HutchKen Hutchinson
2004Around the World in 80 DaysWilbur Wright
2004The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouNed Plimpton
2004Meet the FockersKevin Rawley
2005The Wendell Baker StoryNeil King
2005Wedding CrashersJohn Beckwith
2006CarsLightning McQueenVoice
2006Mater and the GhostlightLightning McQueenVoice; Short
2006You, Me and DupreeRandolph DupreeAlso producer
2006Night at the MuseumJedediahUncredited
2007The Darjeeling LimitedFrancis Whitman
2008Drillbit TaylorDrillbit Taylor
2008Marley & MeJohn Grogan
2008Over Her Dead BodyGuy on PhoneUncredited
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxCoach SkipVoice
2010How Do You KnowMatty Reynolds
2010Little FockersKevin Rawley
2011Hall PassRichard "Rick" Mills
2011Midnight in ParisGil Pender
2011Cars 2Lightning McQueenVoice
2011The Big YearKenny Bostick
2013The InternshipNick Campbell
2013Free BirdsReggieVoice
2013Are You HereSteve Dallas
2014The Grand Budapest HotelM. Chuck
2014The Hero of Color CityRicky The DragonVoice
2014Inherent ViceCoy Harlingen
2015She's Funny That WayArnold Albertson
2015No EscapeJack Dwyer
2016Zoolander 2Hansel McDonald
2016MastermindsSteve Chambers
2017Lost in LondonHimself
2017Cars 3Lightning McQueenVoice
2017WonderNate Pullman
2017Father FiguresKyle Reynolds
2020The French DispatchHerbsaint SalzeracPost-production
TBAMarry MeCharlie GilbertPost-production


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