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Also Known As: Luke Cunningham Wilson Died:
Born: September 21, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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While Luke Wilson looked more the Hollywood leading man than older brother Owen, his tendency toward independent films with smaller audiences often put him in his sibling's shadow. Both brothers got their start in college friend Wes Anderson's student film-turned-cult favorite "Bottle Rocket" (1996), and from the critical success of that fresh and funny heist flick, they were courted by Hollywood. Wilson's significant talent for bringing depth and charm to intellectual melancholics was reduced to roles as all-around good guys - including subcategories of dimwits and cuckolded men - in mainstream comedies like "Legally Blonde" (2001), "Old School" (2003), "The Family Stone" (2005) and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006). His more soulful achievements were lesser-seen, with Wilson re-teaming with Anderson to play an adrift former child prodigy in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and earning critical favor for the period family drama "My Dog Skip" (2000) and John Dahl's "You Kill Me" (2006). Wilson managed to recreate some of the spark of his screen debut as writer, director and co-star (alongside brother Owen) of the smart comedy "The Wendell Baker Story" (2005), generally remaining below the radar for a...

While Luke Wilson looked more the Hollywood leading man than older brother Owen, his tendency toward independent films with smaller audiences often put him in his sibling's shadow. Both brothers got their start in college friend Wes Anderson's student film-turned-cult favorite "Bottle Rocket" (1996), and from the critical success of that fresh and funny heist flick, they were courted by Hollywood. Wilson's significant talent for bringing depth and charm to intellectual melancholics was reduced to roles as all-around good guys - including subcategories of dimwits and cuckolded men - in mainstream comedies like "Legally Blonde" (2001), "Old School" (2003), "The Family Stone" (2005) and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006). His more soulful achievements were lesser-seen, with Wilson re-teaming with Anderson to play an adrift former child prodigy in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and earning critical favor for the period family drama "My Dog Skip" (2000) and John Dahl's "You Kill Me" (2006). Wilson managed to recreate some of the spark of his screen debut as writer, director and co-star (alongside brother Owen) of the smart comedy "The Wendell Baker Story" (2005), generally remaining below the radar for a string of independent comedies and surfacing every few years to lend support in broad comedies.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Meadowland (2015)
2.
 Invitation, The (2015)
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 Ride (2014)
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 Ad Inexplorata (2014)
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 Straight A's (2013)
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 Middle Men (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Dallas, Texas
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Became interested in acting after taking a class in college
1992:
Co-starred with brother Owen in the short "Bottle Rocket"; directed by Wes Anderson
1996:
Made feature acting debut in full length version of Anderson's "Bottle Rocket"
1997:
Had supporting role of Calista Flockhart's co-worker in "Telling Lies in America"
1997:
Made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of "Scream 2"
1998:
TV acting debut as a sheriff in an episode of "The X-Files" (FOX)
1998:
Appeared in back-to-back romantic films opposite Drew Barrymore, "Best Men" and "Home Fries"
1998:
Played the doctor beau of a schoolteacher in "Rushmore"; directed by Anderson and co-written by brother Owen
1999:
First leading role in the comedy "Dog Park" (released theatrically in 2001)
1999:
Was featured in the Sundance-screened comedy "Kill the Man"
2000:
Appeared in the sleeper hit "My Dog Skip"
2000:
Featured as Cameron Diaz's love interest in "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Cast as Reese Witherspoon's romantic interest in the comedy hit "Legally Blonde"
2001:
Co-starred in Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" as a troubled tennis prodigy; also co-starred brother Owen
2002:
Made rare TV appearance as Ashton Kutchner's older brother in "That '70s Show" (FOX)
2003:
Reprised role for the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2003:
Again played Emmett in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde"
2003:
Acted alongside Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the frat house comedy "Old School"; directed by Todd Phillips
2004:
Cast as Orville Wright in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"; also co-starred Owen
2005:
Played the slacker brother of Dermot Mulroney's character in the holiday comedy "The Family Stone"
2006:
Starred as a regular guy who dumps his superhero girlfriend in Ivan Reitman's comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend"
2006:
Portrayed an especially ordinary serviceman who is chosen for a cryogenics project in Mike Judge's "Idiocracy"
2007:
Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the horror film, "Vacancy"
2007:
Co-directed with brother Andrew and played the title character in "The Wendell Baker Story"; also wrote and co-starred brother Owen
2008:
Starred in Mark Pellington's "Henry Poole is Here"
2010:
Starred as Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, in the crime film "Middle Men"
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Education

Occidental College: Los Angeles , California -
Texas Christian University: Fort Worth , Texas -
St. Mark's School of Texas: Dallas , Texas -

Notes

"I never thought of acting professionally until 'Bottle Rocket'. I liked writing and acting, only it was like the NFL: Other people did it, but it wasn't me." --Luke Wilson to Boston Herald, November 26, 1998.

Wilson on "My Dog Skip": "Skip was one of the most professional beings I've ever worked with. He's played by that dog from 'Frasier'. A smart little guy. His trailer was bigger than mine." --to Details, March 1999.

Wilson on his acting debut, "Bottle Rocket": "I've never been so excited. When we shot the short, if we made a mistake, Wes would have us keep going. On 'Bottle Rocket', James Caan hated when I did that. One time when I missed a line, he said 'Cut,' but I kept going on. He was like, 'What's with this kid? You can throw a plate of shit in this face and he would keep talking!'". --quoted in Movieline, July 1999.

"Rushmore" co-star Jason Schwartzman on Wilson: "[Luke] always seems like he has it together -- all those goddamned Wilsons do. With that jawline, he can do anything." -- to Time Out New York, December 6-13, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Drew Barrymore. Actor. Appeared together in "Best Men" and "Home Fries"; together from 1996 to c. 1998.
companion:
Gwyneth Paltrow. Actor. Began dating as of spring 2001; met during filming of "The Royal Tenenbaums"; no longer together.
companion:
Soundis. French model. Reportedly dating as of June 2003; met at a P.Diddy MTV bash.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Wilson. Advertising executive. Born c. 1941; operated a public TV station.
mother:
Laura Wilson. Photographer. Born c. 1939.
brother:
Andrew Wilson. Actor. Born in 1963; appeared in "Bottle Rocket".
brother:
Owen Wilson. Actor, screenwriter. Born in 1968; wrote and co-starred in "Bottle Rocket" and "The Royal Tenenbaums".
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