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Real Name:  Owen Wilson
Birthday: 11/18/1968

 

Biography And Filmography:

Texas born Owen Wilson has starred in a number of smash hit films, among them, “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), the 2005 hit romantic comedy, "Wedding Crashers," the Pixar animated favorite "Cars" (2005), and the hilarious, "You, Me & Dupree" (2006), co-starring Matt Dillon and Wilson's life girlfriend Kate Hudson.

Born on Nov. 18, 1968 in Dallas, Texas, and was the second child of Robert and Laura. Growing up as a middle child between his two brothers, Andrew (the oldest) and Luke (the youngest), he looked for attention by acting out and getting into trouble. Expelled from St. Mark's Academy in Dallas his sophomore year, Wilson finished his schooling at Thomas Jefferson School before leaving for a military academy in New Mexico. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future writing and directing partner and bet friend, Wes Anderson. Together, the two worked on a script which would become the feature “Bottle Rocket” (1996). 

Relocating to Los Angeles during the 1990s, Owen quickly found work in a small part as a horrible date for leading lady Leslie Mann in Ben Stiller's "The Cable Guy" (1996) with Jim Carrey and Jack Black, before becoming snake food in "Anaconda" (1997). After working as an associate producer on the Oscar nominated "As Good As It Gets" (1997), he was cast to play the character of Oscar Choi, the most peculiar member of a group of oil drillers sent into outer space to save the planet from an asteroid in the summer big budget blockbuster, "Armageddon" (1998) working with  an all-star cast including Bruce Willis. 

That same year he had a small cameo role in "Permanent Midnight," portraying the drug addicted friend who encourages a writer to enter into a green card scam marriage. Though his part was small, he made an impression with a great performance with lots of drive.

He next worked with Wes Anderson on 1998's "Rushmore,” a dark comedy which he co-wrote and e produced, and starred Bill Murray as an affluent man in a debate with a young teenager (Jason Schwartzman) for the love of a school teacher. Following "Rushmore," Owen returned with a starring role as a serial killer in the dramatic, "The Minus Man" (1999) about a cold-blooded serial killer who floats around the country and carefully selects his victims. He was next seen in "The Haunting" (1999) and wrapped his year with a small part in "Breakfast of Champions".

In 2000, Wilson starred in "Shanghai Noon” with Lucy Liu and action hero and Hollywood celebrity Jackie Chan. Chan played a Chinese Imperial guard sent to save a kidnapped Princess, and Wilson as Chan's halfhearted partner. Also that year, he was cast with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in the comedy "Meet the Parents.” In 2001, he played Hansel, the extreme sportsman rival of Ben Stiller's "Zoolander” featuring David Duchovny. 

The actor next became an action hero, starring in the war-themed feature "Behind Enemy Lines", about a Navy navigator who is shot down over enemy territory and is hunted by a secret police enforcer and the enemy troops.

Wilson then starred with Gene Hackman and Gwyneth Paltrow in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001), both writing and producing the project as well as playing a lead character. "The Royal Tenenbaums" story revolved around a dysfunctional family of former child prodigies who are reunited by the news of their father’s critical illness.  In 2002, the actor hit super star status in two action comedies – teamed with Eddie Murphy in "I Spy", and then again working with Jackie Chan in the sequel "Shanghai Knights" (2003). 

He next appeared in the film, "The Big Bounce" (2004) with Morgan Freeman, and then again with Stiller to play television cop Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in the big screen parody of the 1970s cop drama "Starsky & Hutch" featuring Carmen Electra and Vince Vaughn. That same year, he had a  cameo with his brother Luke playing the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright in "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004). 

In the sequel “Meet the Fockers” (2004), he again played the role of ex-boyfriend, and the movie became a box office smash hit. The actors hot streak continued with the film "Wedding Crashers" (2005), where he and Vince Vaughn played a pair of goofy but lovable friends who storm strangers' weddings to pick up desperate single women. He continued his run of hit movies lending his distinctive voice talents to the character of Lightning McQueen, a big time race car stuck in a small town in Pixar’s animated smash hit “Cars” (2006). 

Wilson then starred in the comedy hit “You, Me and Dupree” (2006) with Michael Douglas, playing a homeless bum taken in by his best friend Carl (Matt Dillon), then deciding to never leave while keeping the peace with his lighthearted charm. More comedy followed with "Night at the Museum" (2006) with Robin Williams and Ben Stiller, about a newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History who discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. Next was the little-seen "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007) featuring Natalie Portman, and then the summer favorite and smash hit "Drillbit Taylor" (2008), a funny story about three kids who hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully. 

In 2007, Owen appeared in a supporting role in “The Wendell Baker Story” with Eva Mendes. a story of a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel where three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption. 

In an surprising turn of events, Owen Wilson was hospitalized on Aug. 26, 2007 after police were called by brother Luke to his Santa Monica, California home due to an attempted suicide report. Wilson was taken by ambulance to Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, and later transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After being upgraded to good condition the next day, his publicist released a statement that said, "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 comedy films at the time, “Marley & Me,” co-starring Jennifer Aniston, about a family that learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. Owen then wrapped his year with the expected sequel "Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian" (2009).

 

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