Date of Birth : Nov 18th 1968
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura, a photographer; his father, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke (the youngest). Expelled from St. Mark’s Academy in Dallas Texas in the tenth grade, Wilson finished his sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson School and then headed to a military academy in New Mexico. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future mentor and friend, Wes Anderson.
Anderson and Wilson wrote a screenplay – Bottle Rocket (1996) and sent it to their family friend screenwriter Kit Carson, who sent it to producer Polly Platt, who gave it to James L. Brooks, who gave the Texans $5 million dollars to make it into a feature film. Despite critical praise, ‘Rocket’ only grossed one million dollars.
After making the film, Wilson moved to Hollywood, setting up house with his two brothers and Anderson. Fairly quickly, Owen found himself acting in a series of big budget films that scraped the bottom of the critical barrel, such as the dreadful Cable Guy, The (1996), Haunting, The (1999), Anaconda (1997) and Breakfast of Champions (1999). This led to more work in slightly better fare, such as Shanghai Noon (2000), Meet the Parents (2000) and Behind Enemy Lines (2001). He’s known not only for his nose, which has been broken several times, but also for his ‘free wheeling ways’ with a script. Recently he cowrote the film Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) with his oft partner Wes Anderson. He has been romanticly linked with singer Sheryl Crow.