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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 September 1971Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NameLuke Cunningham Wilson
Nickname One-Take Wilson
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Handsome Texan Luke Cunningham Wilson was born in Dallas in 1971, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. The son of Laura (Cunningham), a photographer, and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive, he was raised with two brothers, Owen Wilson (the middle one) and Andrew Wilson (the eldest one). The three would all go on to make their careers in film, with Luke Wilson discovering his love of acting while a student at Occidental College. In 1993, the brothers Wilson collaborated with Wes Anderson to make Bottle Rocket (1994), which was initially a 13-minute short. The gleefully optimistic story of three Texans who aspire to become successful thieves, Bottle Rocket (1994) premiered at the 1993 Sundance Festival, where it attracted the attention of director James L. Brooks. With Brooks' help, the short became a full-length feature film released in 1996 under the same name, Bottle Rocket (1996). Afterwards, Wilson moved to Hollywood, setting up house with his two brothers and Anderson and the same year, Wilson also appeared in the coming-of-age drama Telling Lies in America (1997). After large roles in three 1998 comedies, Best Men (1997), Bongwater (1997), and Home Fries (1998) (the latter two co-starring Drew Barrymore), Wilson went on to star in another three comedies the following year. The first, Dog Park (1998), was a Canadian film directed by The Kids in the Hall (1988) alum Bruce McCulloch and featured Wilson as one of a group of twenty-something's undergoing the trials and tribulations of love. Blue Streak (1999) starred the actor as the sidekick of robber-turned-policeman Martin Lawrence, while Kill the Man (1999) (which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Festival) cast him as the owner of a small copy centre competing with a large chain store across the street. Though he would stick closely to comedy through 2001 with roles in Charlie's Angels (2000) and Legally Blonde (2001), Wilson took a turn for the sinister in the thrillers Bad Seed (2000) and Soul Survivors (2001) before reteaming with his brother Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson to give one of his most memorable performances as Richie in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). In 2003, Wilson reprised two past roles, appearing in both Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). That same year, he also scored a hit as one of the stars of Todd Phillips' Old School (2003). The year 2004 saw Wilson embark on The Wendell Baker Story (2005), a film he starred in, co-directed with brother Andrew Wilson.

Although he made his film debut in the acclaimed independent film Bottle Rocket (1996), he initially got more recognition for his real-life role as Drew Barrymore's boyfriend than for his acting. Fortunately for Wilson, his onscreen talents outlasted his relationship with Barrymore, and he has enjoyed steady employment and increasing visibility through substantial roles in a number of films

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Philip S. Christensen

Trade Mark (2)

Often works with his brother Owen Wilson.
Drawling voice

Trivia (14)

Younger brother of Owen Wilson and Andrew Wilson.
At Occidental College, Luke was at first more interested in the school's athletics department than in Drama or Theatre. He excelled at track and field, but eventually gave up sports after taking a drama class.
Attended the all-boys St. Mark's School of Dallas, also attended by Tommy Lee Jones and Stephen Dignan, where he holds top five all-time records in the 400m and 800m.
Member of Bel Air Country Club.
Is a member of, what the media refers to as, "The Frat Pack," along with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Steve Carell, and Ben Stiller. The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film, Old School (2003), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Wilson's "Frat Pack" films include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The Wendell Baker Story (2005), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
He and his brother Owen Wilson were originally meant to play the Malloy brothers in Ocean's Eleven (2001), but dropped out to make The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
Father was a PBS executive.
Is of Irish descent.
As a child, formed a yard care business called 'The Lawn Rangers' with one of his older brothers.
As of 2008, the only member of the Frat Pack to not have won an MTV Movie Award.
Owen and Luke's father was the first to bring Monty Python's Flying Circus to American TV where he managed KERA, a PBS station, in Dallas, TX.
Has two nephews; Joseph Wilson (b. 2003), via brother Andrew Wilson, and Ford Wilson (b. 2011), via brother Owen Wilson.
Although often associated with Texas, where he was born and grew up, both of his parents were Irish-American Massachusetts natives who moved to Texas due to his father's work.
Starring in an aggressive television advertising campaign on the part of AT&T to counteract Verizon's previous TV campaign.

Personal Quotes (10)

I went back to my high school in Texas about a month ago. I ended up spending five, six hours at the school meeting different kids. It was really fun because it made me think, "Wow, people are actually seeing these movies that I make!" When you're in Los Angeles, nobody bats an eye, they're so used to seeing actors, they just act really cool. But these kids were crazy. They had lots of questions, from "What was it like kissing Cameron Diaz?" to the little studious kids who said, "I really enjoyed The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
[on his quirks]: I have this weird thing where I feel exhilarated when I cast things off in my life. Let things go. Even things that are important to me. Sometimes I know I'm making the wrong decision, but I do it anyway. Like, I just lost this watch that really meant a lot to me. I bought it after Bottle Rocket (1996). The first nice thing I ever bought for myself and I lost it. Yet I have this feeling of being glad it's gone. I don't know why.
Having older brothers, I always had the benefit of inheriting clothes that were perfectly broken in. I like hand-me-downs.
I'm probably one of the worst people with numbers you've ever met. My brothers always kid that they think I'm counting cards in Vegas, but I'm just trying to add things up.
We don't want women to really know men, because then they'll find out how much we need them.
[in 2006] I'm a little older and fatter now, and I'm not exercising as much. My lifestyle these days involves a lot of beer and pasta. But there's something satisfying in letting your body go to hell. So maybe I won't get offered the same kind of role as before. So what? I'm happy to play the guy in his mid-30s who may be a little unhealthy. "Fat and arrogant" is what I'm bringing to the script.
To be honest, I'm not that good at staying friends. I like to move on after a relationship ends. If I break up with somebody, I don't want to see her or hear from her.
To me it comes naturally, the peaks and valleys, sadness with happiness. I've definitely had periods, maybe, where I haven't been happy. Whether it's from a breakup or the good, old-fashioned blues - but I wouldn't say clinically depressed.
(On living with his brother, Owen, for a long period of time) I actually lived with him for all of my 20s and some of my 30s. Yeah, it might've made a great TV reality show, but I don't know how funny it would've been. It might've just been depressing. Here's this guy who obviously can afford his own house, yet he chooses to live with his brother. It eventually got to the point where Owen said, "I want you out of here. Why don't you take your quirky, disheveled self down the road?" I told him, "I'm looking for places. It's harder than you think." I even bought a house and didn't move into it for almost a year. I just wasn't ready to make the change.
(On filming the Willie Nelson's video for "Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me).") There wasn't any marijuana on the set as far as I could tell. But I will say this: I lost a Rolex and my favorite windbreaker during the shoot. I'm not kidding. I have no idea what happened to them. That is the dark underbelly of Hollywood. It was a rite of passage. If you spend any time with Willie Nelson and walk away with everything you showed up with, you've done something wrong.

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