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Also Known As: Owen Cunningham Wilson Died:
Born: November 18, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, pool cleaner

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A comic actor whose talents spread to writing and producing, Owen Wilson teamed up with college roommate Wes Anderson to help put Austin on the filmmaking map with their debut film, "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Because of the offbeat comedy's success, Wilson snagged a number of roles in both small independents and studio blockbusters. Well known for being one of Hollywood's busiest lotharios off-screen, Wilson's amorous social life earned the actor the gratitude of tabloid editors and gossip columnists for years, though he publicly hit rock bottom in 2007 for a failed suicide attempt after battling depression. Onscreen, Wilson was a founding member of Hollywood's comedy "Frat Pack," a club which counted Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Wilson's brother, Luke, among its members. Meanwhile, Wilson starred in a number of successful stand-out films, including the action comedy "Shanghai Noon" (2001) co-starring Jackie Chan, the delightfully quirky ensemble comedy, "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), the box office smash comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), the animated crowd-pleaser "Cars" (2005), and the three's-a-crowd romp, "You, Me & Dupree" (2006). Following his suicide attempt, Wilson kept public...

A comic actor whose talents spread to writing and producing, Owen Wilson teamed up with college roommate Wes Anderson to help put Austin on the filmmaking map with their debut film, "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Because of the offbeat comedy's success, Wilson snagged a number of roles in both small independents and studio blockbusters. Well known for being one of Hollywood's busiest lotharios off-screen, Wilson's amorous social life earned the actor the gratitude of tabloid editors and gossip columnists for years, though he publicly hit rock bottom in 2007 for a failed suicide attempt after battling depression. Onscreen, Wilson was a founding member of Hollywood's comedy "Frat Pack," a club which counted Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Wilson's brother, Luke, among its members. Meanwhile, Wilson starred in a number of successful stand-out films, including the action comedy "Shanghai Noon" (2001) co-starring Jackie Chan, the delightfully quirky ensemble comedy, "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), the box office smash comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005), the animated crowd-pleaser "Cars" (2005), and the three's-a-crowd romp, "You, Me & Dupree" (2006). Following his suicide attempt, Wilson kept public appearances to a minimum, but did star in the hit "Marley & Me" (2008), "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009), and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" (2011), which provided him with one of the best roles of his career, while also proving that he was more than just a comedic actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zoolander 2 (2016)
2.
 Coup, The (2015)
3.
4.
 Loomis Fargo (2015)
5.
 Inherent Vice (2014)
6.
 You Are Here (2014)
9.
 Free Birds (2013)
10.
 Internship, The (2013)
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Born and raised in Texas
1992:
Co-wrote and co-starred with older brother Andrew and younger brother Luke in the short film "Bottle Rocket," directed by college pal Wes Anderson
1996:
Co-starred (with brother Luke) and co-scripted (with Anderson) the feature version of "Bottle Rocket"
1996:
Had small role in Ben Stiller's "The Cable Guy"
1997:
Acted in the Amazonian action thriller "Anaconda"
1997:
Served as associate producer of Brooks' Oscar-nominated "As Good As It Gets"
1998:
Appeared as one of the oil drillers sent to outer space to stop an oncoming asteroid in "Armageddon"
1998:
Played small supporting role in "Permanent Midnight," starring Ben Stiller
1998:
With Anderson, co-wrote and produced the comedy-drama "Rushmore," starring Bill Murray
1999:
Played a charming serial killer in "The Minus Man"
1999:
Co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lili Taylor in the remake "The Haunting"
1999:
Featured in Alan Rudolph's poorly received "Breakfast of Champions"
2000:
Starred with Jackie Chan in the Old West-set buddy actioner "Shanghai Noon"
2000:
Featured in Jay Roach's "Meet the Parents," starring Stiller and Robert De Niro
2001:
Reteamed with Ben Stiller to play a vacuous male model rival to Stiller's titular "Zoolander"
2001:
Starred opposite Gene Hackman in the war-themed drama "Behind Enemy Lines"
2001:
With Anderson, penned the screenplay for "The Royal Tenenbaums"; also co-starred with Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller
2002:
Paired with Eddie Murphy for the feature adaptation of the action comedy "I Spy"
2003:
Reteamed with Chan in the sequel "Shanghai Knights"
2004:
Starred as a con man in the comedy "The Big Bounce" with Morgan Freeman
2004:
Cast alongside Ben Stiller as Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson in the big screen version of the 1970s cop series "Starsky and Hutch"
2004:
Cast as Wilbur Wright in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
2004:
Co-starred in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" with Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett
2005:
Co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn in "Wedding Crashers," about two friends who crash weddings to pick up women
2006:
Voiced Lightning McQueen in the animated feature "Cars"
2006:
Cast as Matt Dillon's best man in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"
2006:
Re-teamed with Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"
2007:
Co-starred with brother Luke in "The Wendell Baker Story," a film co-directed by brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson; also penned by Luke
2007:
Reunited with director Wes Anderson in "The Darjeeling Limited"
2008:
Played a bodyguard for hire in the comedy "Drillbit Taylor"
2008:
Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in "Marley & Me"
2009:
Re-teamed with Ben Stiller for the sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
2009:
Lent his voice to Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2010:
Voiced the title character, a Great Dane, in the live-action film adaptation of the comic strip "Marmaduke"
2010:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"
2010:
Reprised role of Kevin Rawley for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
2011:
Co-starred with Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly Brothers' "Hall Pass"
2011:
Directed by Woody Allen in "Midnight in Paris"
2011:
Reprised role as Lightning McQueen in the animated feature "Cars 2"
2011:
Co-starred in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Jack Black and Steve Martin
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Education

Thomas Jefferson High School: Dallas , Texas -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
New Mexico Military Institute: Roswell , New Mexico -
St. Marks School of Texas: Dallas , Texas -
University of Texas: Austin , Texas - 1991

Notes

"The way some people are good at figuring out equations in algebra, I like to think I'm good at figuring out why characters behave the way they do. I like the ones who are slightly cracked." --Owen Wilson to Los Angeles, July 1998.

Wilson on the the world view shared by himself and creative partner Wes Anderson: "There's a lack of cruelty or meanness to the stuff we like. We're interested in characters who have enthusiasm." --quoted in The New York Times, January 31, 1999.

Owen Wilson on the creative genesis of "Rushmore": "I was driving from Dallas to L.A. with the director, Wes Anderson, to work on the script for 'Bottle Rocket', and we thought that if we were meeting with agents we should have some other projects to talk about. So along the way we came up with this funny character Max Fischer, a megalomaniacal kid who doesn't have muchy irony or self-awareness--kind of like a Donald Trump book on tape." --to Details, March 1999.

Luke Wilson on his brother's work in both small independent and big studio films, quoted in Time Out New York (July 22-29, 1999): "I get the feeling people sometimes kind of think he's selling out, but [movies like 'Armageddon' and 'The Haunting'] are the kinds of movies we'd go to, the kinds of movies that as kids we loved. I like how he juggles both--it's the way that he is."

Wilson on working with Jackie Chan in "Shanghai Noon": "I decided if Jackie was doing all his own stunts, I wanted to be known as the actor who never did any." --quoted in USA Today, May 26, 2000.

Wilson on his creative input while acting: "For it to sound real to me, I have to change a little bit of stuff. Maybe that's my limitation--that I have a hard time sticking to the script." --quoted in US Weekly, June 19, 2000.

"I think there is a middle-child syndrome. I don't know quite what it is, but I think I suffer from it." --Owen Wilson quoted in US Weekly, June 19, 2000.

On "Shanghai Noon": "To be honest, I don't even know why they cast me. Maybe they were getting desperate. After a couple of days of filming, I think everyone realised that I was kind of awkward and probably better at delivering dialogue than action." --Wilson quoted in Empire, September 2000.

"I think of somebody like Gene Hackman, who's been in lots of stuff, who doesn't really change his appearance or voice too much, so it's kind of inspiring. Maybe I could do stuff like that, make it believable for myself while still dealing with my limitations." --Owen Wilson to New York Post, November 25, 2001.

Wilson on the differences between acting and writing: "You show up on the set, you make new friends, you get to be friends with the crew. Writing is more like having a term paper. You hole up and try to pull something out of nothing." --to Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Sheryl Crow. Musician, singer, actor. Met during filming of "The Minus Man"; began dating in August 1998; separated in 2000.
companion:
Carolina Cerisola. Dancer. Argentinean salsa dancer; dating early 2004; split october 2004.

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father:
Robert Wilson. Advertising executive. Born c. 1941; operated public TV station.
mother:
Laura Wilson. Photographer. Born c. 1939.
brother:
Andrew Wilson. Actor. Born in 1963; appeared in "Bottle Rocket".
brother:
Luke Wilson. Actor. Born on September 21, 1971; co-starred in "Bottle Rocket" and "The Royal Tenenbaums".
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