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Owen Wilson

Wilson at the London premiere of You, Me and Dupree, 2006
Born Owen Cunningham Wilson
November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18) (age 51)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994-present

Owen Cunningham Wilson (born November 18, 1968)[1] is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and screenwriter.

Early life

Wilson was born in Dallas, to photographer Laura (Cunningham) Wilson and Robert Andrew Wilson. He has an older brother, Andrew, and a younger brother, Luke. Both brothers are also involved in movie making.[2]

Wilson went to the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[3]

Personal life

The Sheryl Crow album C'mon C'mon has the song "Safe and Sound". The liner notes say it is about Wilson and Crow's relationship.

On August 26, 2007, Wilson was taken to St. John's Health Center. It was reported as a suicide attempt. He was later moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[4] His lawyer later said that Wilson had depression.[5] A few days later, Wilson withdrew from starring in Tropic Thunder.

He dated Kate Hudson in 2006. The pair broke up. It was widely reported that he tried to commit suicide in 2007 after the relationship with Hudson ended. In 2008, it was reported the pair were to marry.[6] However the two would again break up and make up a number of times over 2008 and 2009.[7]

On January 10, 2011, Wilson's representative said that Wilson and his girlfriend, Jade Duell, were expecting a baby.[8] Just four days later, on January 14, it was Duell gave birth in Hawaii to a baby boy, Robert Ford Wilson.[9][10]

Wilson is a fan of several Dallas-area professional sports teams. He has been spotted at Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games.[11][12] He is also a supporter of the English football team Chelsea F.C..

Wilson's bumped nose is because he broke it twice. Once was during a high school fight, and once playing football with friends.[13]


Year Movie Role Notes
1996 Bottle Rocket Dignan Also short from 1994 of the same name
The Cable Guy Robin's date
1997 Anaconda Gary Dixon
Permanent Midnight Nicky
Armageddon Oscar Choi
1999 Heat Vision and Jack Heat Vision/Doug (voice) TV
The Haunting Luke Sanderson
Breakfast of Champions Monte Rapid
The Minus Man Vann Siegert
2000 Meet the Parents Kevin Rawley
Shanghai Noon Roy O'Bannon
2001 Behind Enemy Lines Lt. Chris Burnett
The Royal Tenenbaums[14] Eli Cash Oscar nomination (writing)
Zoolander Hansel McDonald
2002 I Spy Alex Scott
2003 Shanghai Knights Roy O'Bannon
Yeah Right! Owen Wilson Cameo
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Ned Plimpton
Meet the Fockers Kevin Rawley Cameo
Around the World in 80 Days Wilbur Wright Cameo
Starsky & Hutch Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson
The Big Bounce Jack Ryan
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Neil King
Wedding Crashers John Beckwith
2006 Night at the Museum Jedediah Smith Uncredited
You, Me and Dupree Randolph Dupree Also Produced
Cars Lightning McQueen Voice
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Francis Whitman
2008 Drillbit Taylor Drillbit Taylor
2009 Marley & Me[15] John Grogan
2009 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Jedediah Smith
Fantastic Mr. Fox Coach Skip Voice Only
2010 How Do You Know Matty Reynolds
Little Fockers Kevin Rawley
Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff: The Moive [sic] Hella Jeff
Marmaduke Marmaduke Voice Only
2011 Hall Pass Rick
Cars 2 Lightning McQueen Voice Only
Nominated – Peoples Choice Awards - Favorite Animated Voice
Midnight in Paris Gil Nominated - Comedy Award for Comedy Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[16]

Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture[17]

The Big Year Kenny Bostick
2013 Turkeys[18][19] Reggie Voice only


  1. "Today in history: November 18". 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  2. biography
  3. "Owen Wilson: Snapshot".
  4. Owen Wilson Suicide Attempt Confirmed
  5. "Owen Wilson: Battling Depression". Newsweek. 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  6. "Owen Wilson to wed Kate Hudson - a year after he 'tried to kill himself' when she dumped him". Daily Mail (London). 2008-05-11.
  7. The Sun claims Kate Hudson & Owen Wilson are trying to get pregnant
  8. Hammel, Sara. "Baby on the Way for Owen Wilson", People, January 10, 2011.
  9. "Owen Wilson becomes a father". USA Today. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  10. "Revealed: Owen Wilson Names Son Robert Ford". People. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  11. Dallas actor Owen Wilson's 'Midnight in Paris' earns best picture Oscar nod
  12. Actor Wilson drops in on Rangers' 'pen
  13. Owen Wilson
  14. "Owen Wilson, Academy Award-nominated writer". Amritt. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  15. Fleming, Michael (2007-08-19). "Wilson, Aniston fetch Fox feature Pair to star in 'Marley & Me'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
  16. "Nominations & Winners". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  17. "The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  18. Kit, Borys (March 17, 2010). "Granat, Reel FX form Bedrock Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  19. DiGiovanni, Chris. "Chris (Maddog) DiGiovanni". LinkedIn. Retrieved December 27, 2011.