TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)
|Also Known As:||Luke Cunningham Wilson||Died:|
|Born:||September 21, 1971||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Dallas, Texas, USA||Profession:||actor|
Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY
Thurman for "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006), in which Wilson learns his girlfriend is a superhero and breaks up with her when she gets too controlling and neurotic, prompting her to use her powers to exact revenge by tormenting and embarrassing him. Meanwhile, he co-starred in the family-friendly "Hoot" (2006), a children's mystery about a young boy who moves to Florida and encounters strange events while trying to save a group of endangered owls.The typically comedy-oriented actor next made a rare appearance in the horror genre, starring opposite Kate Beckinsale in "Vacancy" (2007), another in a long line of suspense thrillers released by the Hollywood meat grinder. In this all-too-obvious take on "Psycho," Wilson played the soon-to-be ex-husband of a woman (Beckinsale) who is forced to spend the night at a seedy motel run by an odd, but seemingly harmless proprietor (Frank Whaley). But when the couple discovers a cache of homemade slasher flicks that were noticeably shot in the very room in which they are staying - both must put aside their differences and work together to survive. To be fair, while most horror thrillers of this ilk were typically brushed off by critics for being redundant and...
Thurman for "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006), in which Wilson learns his girlfriend is a superhero and breaks up with her when she gets too controlling and neurotic, prompting her to use her powers to exact revenge by tormenting and embarrassing him. Meanwhile, he co-starred in the family-friendly "Hoot" (2006), a children's mystery about a young boy who moves to Florida and encounters strange events while trying to save a group of endangered owls.
The typically comedy-oriented actor next made a rare appearance in the horror genre, starring opposite Kate Beckinsale in "Vacancy" (2007), another in a long line of suspense thrillers released by the Hollywood meat grinder. In this all-too-obvious take on "Psycho," Wilson played the soon-to-be ex-husband of a woman (Beckinsale) who is forced to spend the night at a seedy motel run by an odd, but seemingly harmless proprietor (Frank Whaley). But when the couple discovers a cache of homemade slasher flicks that were noticeably shot in the very room in which they are staying - both must put aside their differences and work together to survive. To be fair, while most horror thrillers of this ilk were typically brushed off by critics for being redundant and tedious, "Vacancy" at least received its fair share of positive reviews.
Wilson's follow-up, a supporting role in John Dahl's dark comedy, "You Kill Me" (2007), starring Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni, was also well-received by film critics. Wilson's busy year also included a cameo in the Will Ferrell figure-skating comedy "Blades of Glory" (2007), another in James Mangold's revisited Western "3:10 to Yuma" (2007), a voice-over role in the animated sci-fi film "The Battle for Terra" (2007), and an unfortunate starring role opposite Jessica Simpson in the embarrassing "Blonde Ambition" (2007). Wilson rebounded by making his debut as writer and co-director of "The Wendell Baker Story" (2007) in which he starred as a good-hearted ex-con attempting to go straight with a job at a retirement hotel that is populated by great aging film actors including Seymour Cassel and Harry Dean Stanton. A true Wilson family affair, the film also co-starred Owen Wilson and was co-directed by oldest Wilson brother, Andrew. Later that summer, Wilson's happiness with life and career was cut short when news came that brother Owen had been hospitalized following a suicide attempt at his Santa Monica home. The family closed ranks and remained tight-lipped about the incident, asking the press for privacy to allow Owen, who was being treated for depression, time to recuperate. After months out of sight, Owen made his first public appearance in October at the premiere of Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007), but preferred to not discuss the incident, while his beloved brothers also followed suit.
Wilson made a return to more emotionally complex material the following year with his starring role as a terminally ill man forced to consider spirituality when his home is unwittingly turned into a religious shrine by a zealous neighbor (Adriana Barraza) in "Henry Poole is Here" (2008). The offbeat but poignant film met with a positive reception and Wilson went on to star as a college professor competing with his colleagues (Gretchen Mol, Dave Koechner) for a tenured post in the low budget comedy, "Tenure," from first-time feature director, Mike Million. That fall, Wilson also donned suit and tie to play a successful Internet pioneer whose life is in turmoil in "Middle Men" (2009). After a role in the American remake of the French farce "Death at a Funeral" (2010), WIlson co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller "Meeting Evil" (2012) and appeared on TV in Mike White's cult comedy-drama "Enlightened" (HBO 2011-13). Wilson co-starred in the indie drama "Straight A's" (2013) and garnered good notices in the breakout hit "The Skeleton Twins" (2014) starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.of TV's biggest hits nonetheless. That same year, he was featured as a pot-dealing artist in the independent "Bongwater" and played the surgeon who battles both Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman for the affections of Olivia Williams in Wes Anderson's masterpiece, "Rushmore" (co-scripted by Owen Wilson) (1998). Though this role was significantly smaller than his starring turn in "Bottle Rocket," Wilson added quite a bit to the film, reportedly even contributing to the script the priceless three-line exchange in which O.R. scrubs serve as a riotous pun. In 1999, Wilson played a newly single man who spends custodial visits with his pooch while trying to meet women at the "Dog Park" and teamed up with Martin Lawrence in the action comedy "Blue Streak" - one of his few forays into more commercially viable fare.
By 2000, the actor had begun to make a name for himself, no longer only mentioned in reference to his brother or his former girlfriend. A co-starring turn in the charming but little-seen comedy "Committed" cast him as the husband Heather Graham is determined to win back. His supporting role in "Charlie's Angels" certainly reached a wider audience, but it was Wilson's turn in that year's "My Dog Skip" that most impressed. Wilson lent great empathy and depth to his portrayal, breathing life into the football hero-cum-World War II deserter who befriends a young boy and his dog in this honestly affecting period drama. After heading up the cast of the independent psychodrama "Bad Seed" (2000) as wrongly accused fugitive Preston Tylk, the actor was somewhat underused in both the misfire thriller "Soul Survivors" (as a priest) and the winning comedy "Legally Blonde" (both 2001) - leaving him to casually walk through his thankless role as Reese Witherspoon's love interest in the latter hit. Later that year, he reunited with Wes Anderson and brother Owen, starring as a thoughtful tennis prodigy in turmoil in the creative pair's "The Royal Tenenbaums," a weird but warm look at a family of failed geniuses. It was his portrait of Richie Tenenbaum - the headband-sporting, hawk-loving brother - which provided the most sophisticated outlet for Wilson's talents to date.
While brother Owen broke open the box office in 2003 with his "Shanghai Noon" follow-up, "Shanghai Knights," Luke took a leading role in "Old School" - a film which also co-starred Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn and for which few held high expectations. The trio played middle-age men who desperately try to recapture the irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their own off-campus frat. Although he was the main character, Wilson's charms did not translate and he made for a ho-hum leading man in the otherwise raucous hit comedy that made Ferrell a star. Also in 2003, Wilson managed to land reprisal roles in two blockbuster sequels, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Legally Blonde 2," while still making time to co-star with Kate Hudson in the romantic comedy misfire, "Alex and Emma," as a blocked writer gradually falling for the sassy stenographer he hires to help put his ideas on paper.
In 2004, he enjoyed a lighthearted cameo with his brother Owen, playing the flying brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, respectively, in "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004), as well as having a memorable walk-on in Will Ferrell's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004). By this time, Wilson was clearly established as a central figure in what many characterized as a comedic Rat Pack-style clique of actors - called "The Frat Pack" - who frequently teamed up and/or came d in each other's films-the group also including his brother Owen, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.
Wilson next appeared in the all-star ensemble of "The Family Stone" (2005), as one of the offspring of a tight-knit, Bohemian New England clan whose holiday season and family dynamic is upended when his brother (Dermot Mulroney) brings home his uptight girlfriend (Claire Danes). He then joined Uma
Filmographyclose complete filmography
CAST: (feature film)
Milestones close milestones
"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
Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.Click here to contribute