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|Also Known As:||Owen Cunningham Wilson||Died:|
|Born:||November 18, 1968||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Dallas, Texas, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor screenwriter pool cleaner|
vely, in "Around the World in 80s Days" (2004). In the sequel "Meet the Fockers" (2004), Wilson revived the role of Teri Polo's too-perfect ex-boyfriend, and just like its predecessor, the movie became a box office hit, despite lukewarm reviews. His hot streak continued with the roundly hilarious comedy "Wedding Crashers" (2005) in which he and Vince Vaughn played a pair of lovable cads who invade strangers' weddings to pick up lonely, vulnerable women. It was with this latter film that Wilson proved he could hold his own comedically, as well as touch hearts with his tender, believable love scenes with co-star Rachel McAdams.
By the time of "Wedding Crashers," Wilson was clearly established as a central figure in what many characterized as a comedic Rat Pack-style clique of comic actors who frequently teamed up and/or cameoed in each other's films; the group also included brother Luke, Stiller, Vaughn, Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell. That same year Wilson inked a deal to write and executive produce "Bert & Dickie," a half-hour comedy for HBO which followed an odd-couple stand-up comedy team who discover success is always elusive. Meanwhile, Wilson continued his steady and successful presence on the big screen, providing the voice of Lightning McQueen, a hotshot race car stuck in a sleepy Route 66 town in Pixar's eye-popping CGI-animated hit, "Cars" (2006). He then starred in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree" (2006), playing a homeless slacker taken in by his best friend, Carl (Matt Dillon), only to become a permanent fixture while winning over Carl's wife (Kate Hudson) and family with his carefree charm, frustrating his friend to no end. It was after the film's release that rumors he had fallen for his recently separated co-star Hudson began to pop up in tabloids. By early 2007, the towheaded pair â¿¿ though not officially announcing their coupledom â¿¿ was photographed around the country in various states of romantic bliss. Wilson's brother Luke even began acknowledging their romance during interviews.
Owen earned ink for more than just the Hudson romance when he appeared in a supporting role in "The Wendell Baker Story" (2007). Actually filmed in 2005, this independently financed comedy was written by and starred younger brother, Luke, and was co-directed by his older brother, Andrew, while being shot entirely on location in their native Texas. In an unexpected turn of events, Wilson was hospitalized on Aug. 26, 2007 after police were called by Luke to Wilsonâ¿¿s Santa Monica, CA home due to an attempted suicide. Wilson was taken by ambulance to Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, then later transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. After being listed in good condition the following day, Wilson's publicist released a statement from the actor that said in part, "I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time." Wilson was involved in two new comedies at the time, "Marley & Me," co-starring Jennifer Aniston, and "Tropic Thunder," directed by pal Ben Stiller. Wilson dropped out of the latter project in which he had a small role that had yet to be filmed. But he did forge ahead with "Marley & Me" (2008), a comedy-drama about a young couple (Wilson and Aniston) who adopt a destructive Labrador who turns their home into a disaster area. Despite some mixed reviews, "Marley & Me" was a surprisingly big hit at the box office.
Following another collaboration with Anderson, "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007), Wilson starred in the poorly received comedy "Drillbit Taylor" (2008) before voicing Coach Skip in Andersonâ¿¿s inventive animated feature, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009). After playing Jedediah in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009) and reprising his ex-fiancÃ© role for "Little Fockers" (2010), he returned to animation to voice the title character in "Marmaduke" (2010) and reprised Lightning McQueen in "Cars 2" (2011). That same year, Wilson delivered one of his best performances in "Midnight in Paris" (2011), Woody Allenâ¿¿s highly-praised romantic comedy that proved to be the biggest hit of the directorâ¿¿s career. Wilson played a successful Hollywood screenwriter who dreams of writing an important novel. The role earned Wilson a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor â¿¿ Musical or Comedy.
Unfortunately, Wilson's next major role, a reunion with Vaughn set at Google's corporate headquarters called "The Internship" (2013), was a critical and box-office disappointment, while the comedy-drama "Are You Here" (2013), written and directed by "Mad Men" (AMC 2007-2015) creator Matthew Weiner, did not expand beyond a small art house run. Following a cameo in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014), Wilson starred with Imogen Poots and Jennifer Aniston in Peter Bogdanovich's "She's Funny That Way" (2014). Wilson worked with Paul Thomas Anderson on the writer/director's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" (2014) as mysterious surf-rock saxophonist Coy Harlingen. After concluding the series with "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" (2014), Wilson starred with Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell in the action thriller "No Escape."onally expressive outlaw. His verbally adept brand of comedy proved the perfect foil for Chan's remarkable physical talents. Later that year, the actor was featured alongside Robert De Niro and frequent co-star Ben Stiller in Jay Roach's black comedy "Meet the Parents." His hilariously droll performance as the successful, well-adjusted ex-boyfriend offered a nice counterpoint to the film's very broad antics. In 2001, Wilson played Hansel, the New Age, extreme sportsman nemesis of Stiller's "Zoolander." The actor's unflinching portrayal of the over-the-top up-and-comer who spews garbled Eastern philosophy and makes tracks on his high-tech scooter, proving he would not let vanity get in the way of a laugh. By the end of that year, Wilson picked up the mantle of action hero, carrying the compelling war-themed adventure "Behind Enemy Lines." His vulnerable but ultimately heroic take on seemingly doomed Navy pilot Lt. Burnett brought some humanity to the genre, and the actor held his own admirably alongside legendary co-star Gene Hackman.
Wilson was next featured with Hackman in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), taking writing, producing and acting credits in this Wes Anderson film. An affectionate portrayal of quirky but likable characters in the tradition of their previous efforts, "The Royal Tenenbaums" focused on a splintered family of former child prodigies (Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson) who are brought together by news of their father's (Hackman) grave illness. Wilson got many laughs with his colorful supporting role as off-kilter novelist Eli Cash, neighbor and lifelong family friend who must face the fact that he is a misfit even among the misfit Tenenbaums. In 2002, the actor attained star status, in two action comedies: matched with Eddie Murphy in a feature adaptation of "I Spy" and reuniting with Jackie Chan for the sequel "Shanghai Knights" (2003). In both features, Wilson demonstrated both his exceptional ability to develop strong chemistry with wildly divergent co-stars with different onscreen styles, and his ability to mine throwaway lines for comedic gold by playing deconstructed versions of stereotypical movie types like the secret agent and the cowboy.
Despite demonstrating his enviable timing and mastery of dialogue, the actor had less success when he starred as a beach bum-turned-heist artist in the Elmore Leonard-derived caper film, "The Big Bounce" (2004). He also re-teamed with frequent collaborator Ben Stiller to play TV cop Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in the parody-minded big screen adaptation of the 1970s ABC cop drama "Starsky & Hutch." That same year, he enjoyed a lighthearted cameo with his brother Luke, playing the flying brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, respecti
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