Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Owen Wilson. Check it out!
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Cunningham Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke Wilson (the youngest). Expelled from St. Mark’s School of Texas (Dallas, TX) 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. They wrote a screenplay, Bottle Rocket (1996), and sent it to their family friend, screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, who sent it to producer Polly Platt, who gave it to James L. Brooks, who gave the Texans $5 million to make it into a feature film. Despite critical praise, Bottle Rocket (1996) 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, such as The Cable Guy (1996), The Haunting (1999), Anaconda (1997) and Breakfast of Champions (1999). This led to more work, 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. He co-wrote the film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) with his oft partner Wes Anderson.
Interesting Facts about Owen Wilson
- Has an Australian cattle dog named Garcia.
- Cut his chin and had to get stitches during the making of The Haunting (1999) in the scene where his character Luke is attacking the portrait of Hugh Crane with a candlestick.
- Usually declines to discuss the source of his distinctive-looking nose, which was broken twice. The broken nose was apparently the result of a football injury attained while on the football team in high school (all three Wilson brothers had played high school football, the elder Andrew with the greatest success).
- Currently dubbing his voice in Disney’s Pixar Animation film Cars (2006). [May 2005]
- Is expecting a child with his personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist. Lindqvist revealed that the two of them are not in a relationship, but they are just close friends who decided to have a baby together. Lindqvist filed for divorce from her estranged husband, when she found out she was pregnant with Wilson’s child. [October 2013]
- Is a member of what the media refers to as “The Frat Pack,” along with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, and Luke Wilson. The “Frat Pack” name is a reference to the film Old School (2003), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, and to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Wilson’s “Frat Pack” films include Zoolander (2001), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Cable Guy (1996), and Starsky & Hutch (2004).
- Filming Night at the Museum 2 (2009) in Vancouver, Canada. [September 2008]
- Has been in a relationship with Kate Hudson twice. They originally began a relationship in August 2006, having met on the set of You, Me and Dupree (2006), but they broke up in May 2007. They reconciled in March 2008, only to separate a second time in May 2008.
- Became a father for the 1st time at age 42 when his girlfriend Jade Duell gave birth to their son Robert Ford Wilson on January 14, 2011.
- Was the best man at the wedding of his brother, Andrew Wilson.
- Vacationed for a week with Stephen Dorff in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [November 2012]
- Despite being grateful of his success as an actor, he still considers himself a writer at heart and wishes he devoted more time to that rather than acting. Due to a busy schedule as an actor, he sadly had to miss contributing to the script for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), despite that he co-wrote Anderson’s 3 previous films.
Personal Quotes by Owen Wilson
I think the way it works is that when you’re casting a movie, you usually want to work with people that you believe in.- Owen Wilson
You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors – they’re the cool seniors.- Owen Wilson
Movies I liked growing up were like Francis Ford Coppolla movies and Scorsese movies.- Owen Wilson
I definitely would like to do some more dramatic roles.- Owen Wilson
I have never taken myself that seriously as an actor.- Owen Wilson