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Luke Wilson



Although he made his film debut in the acclaimed independent film Bottle Rocket, actor Luke Wilson, born on September 21st, 1971, 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.



A native Texan, Wilson was born in Dallas in 1971. The son of an advertising executive and a photographer, he was raised with two brothers, Owen and Andrew. The three would all go on to make their careers in film, with 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, which was initially a 15-minute short. The gleefully optimistic story of three Texans who aspire to become successful thieves, Bottle Rocket 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. That same year, Wilson also appeared in the coming-of-age drama Telling Lies in America.



After large roles in three 1998 comedies, Bongwater, Home Fries, and Best Men (the latter two co-starring Barrymore), Wilson went on to star in another three comedies the following year. The first, Dog Park, was a Canadian film directed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch and featured Wilson as one of a group of twenty-somethings undergoing the trials and tribulations of love. Blue Streak starred the actor as the sidekick of robber-turned-policeman Martin Lawrence, while Kill the Man (which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Festival) cast him as the owner of a small copy center 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 Preston Tylk and Soul Survivors (both 2001), before reteaming with his brother Owen and Wes Anderson to give one of his most memorable performances as Richie, the suicidal tennis pro in The Royal Tenenbaums.



In 2003, Wilson reprised two past roles, appearing in both Charlies Angels: Full Throttle and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. That same year, he also scored a hit as one of the stars of Todd Phillips' Old School. 2004 saw Wilson embark on The Wendell Baker Story, a film he stars in, co-directs with brother Andrew Wilson, and co-writes with brother Owen Wilson. Laced with supporting roles and cameos from such iconic friends as Harry Dean Stanton, Kris Kristofferson, and Eddie Griffin, this quirky low-budgeter made the festival rounds in 2005-6 and the responses were encouragingly supportive; Variety's Joe Leydon observed, "The co-directing Wilson siblings smartly refrain from pushing anything too hard or too often, making the unpredictable eruptions of straight-faced absurdity all the more effective. Luke Wilson is extremely engaging in lead role." Many praised the Wilson brothers' directorial and scriptwriting intuition and their willingness to take risky-yet-triumphant gambles onscreen.



Wilson joined the cast of early 2006's box-office sleeper hit The Family Stone, a family drama with an ensemble that includes Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson and Sarah Jessica Parker; the remainder of the year sees Wilson appearing in a string of supporting roles in light and dark comedies. In a minor performance in May 2006's Hoot, Wilson plays Officer David Delinsky, who attempts to sabotage a plot by local children to blow up a pancake house. His appearance in July 2006's My Super Ex-Girlfriend marks director Ivan Reitman's return to the big screen since 2001's box-office disappointment Evolution; it stars Uma Thurman as a superhero who gets even with her ex-beau

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rock Dog
  • Bodi
2017
38% All We Had
  • Lee
2016
100% Tower
  • Executive Producer
2016
29% Outlaws and Angels
  • Josiah
2016
45% Approaching the Unknown
  • Louis 'Skinny' Skinner
2016
No Score Yet Dear Eleanor
  • Bob Potter
2016
60% Concussion
  • Roger Goodell
2015
100% Meadowland
  • Phil
2015
16% Playing It Cool
  • Samson
2015
48% Ride
  • Ian
2015
86% The Skeleton Twins
  • Lance
2014
No Score Yet Straight A's
  • William
2013
22% Meeting Evil
  • John
2012
40% Middle Men
  • Jack Harris
2010
41% Death at a Funeral
  • Derek
2010
48% Battle For Terra
  • Jim Stanton
2009
No Score Yet Tenure
  • Charlie Thurber
2009
39% Henry Poole Is Here
  • Henry Poole
2008
14% Blonde Ambition
  • Ben
2007
89% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Zeke
2007
78% You Kill Me
  • Tom
2007
56% Vacancy
  • David Fox
2007
69% Blades of Glory
  • Sex Class Counselor
2007
63% Jackass: Number Two
  • Luke Wilson
2006
74% Idiocracy
  • Pvt. Joe Bowers
2006
40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  • Matt Saunders
2006
54% Mini's First Time
  • Garson
2006
26% Hoot
  • David Delinko
2006
52% The Family Stone
  • Ben Stone
2005
40% The Wendell Baker Story
  • Director
  • Wendell Baker
  • Screenwriter
2005
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Frank Vitchard
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Orville Wright
2004
61% Stuck on You
  • Himself
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Bobby Cupid
2003
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • Pete
2003
11% Alex & Emma
  • Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley
2003
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Emmett Richmond
2003
60% Old School
  • Mitch Martin
2003
33% The Third Wheel
  • Stanley
2002
80% The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Richie Tenenbaum
2002
68% Legally Blonde
  • Emmett Richmond
2001
20% Bad Seed
  • Preston Tylk
2001
68% Charlie's Angels
  • Pete
2000
4% Soul Survivors
  • Father Jude
2000
45% Committed
  • Carl
2000
73% My Dog Skip
  • Dink Jenkins
2000
36% Blue Streak
  • Carlson
1999
No Score Yet Kill the Man
  • Stanley Simon
1999
31% Home Fries
  • Dorian
1998
89% Rushmore
  • Dr. Peter Flynn
1998
36% Dog Park
  • Andy
1998
13% Best Men
  • Jesse Chandler
1998
17% Bongwater
  • David
1998
81% Scream 2
  • `Stab' Billy
1997
63% Telling Lies in America
  • Henry
1997
85% Bottle Rocket
  • Anthony
1996
No Score Yet Bottle Rocket
  • Actor
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
36% Roadies
2016
  • Bill
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
86% Enlightened
2013
  • Levi
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Sheriff Hartwell
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer

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