Owen Wilson, born on November 18, 1968, is a multifaceted American actor known for his extensive body of work that spans comedy, drama, and action films. He gained prominence through his long-standing collaboration with filmmaker Wes Anderson, co-writing and starring in several films such as “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Wilson’s other notable works with Anderson include “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” and “The French Dispatch.”
Wilson has also garnered acclaim for his role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and for his performances in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” and Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way.” He’s a significant part of the comedy ensemble known as the Frat Pack, starring in hits like “Shanghai Noon,” “Zoolander,” “Wedding Crashers,” and “The Internship.” Wilson has made a mark in family films as well, most notably voicing Lightning McQueen in the “Cars” series and starring in the “Night at the Museum” franchise.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Wilson is the middle of three sons born to a photographer mother and an advertising executive father. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met Wes Anderson, initiating a long-term professional relationship. Early in his career, Wilson gained attention for co-writing Anderson’s films and took on various roles in action films like “Anaconda” and “Armageddon,” as well as comedies with frequent collaborator Ben Stiller.
His most recent roles include starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series “Loki” and a film adaptation of “The Haunted Mansion.”
Personal challenges include a suicide attempt in 2007 and subsequent battle with depression.