Owen Cunningham Wilson (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor, writer, producer and screenwriter.
His older brother Andrew and his younger brother Luke are also actors. He has had a long association with filmmaker Wes Anderson, whom he shared writing and acting credits with for Bottle Rocket (1996) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), the latter being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also starred with Ben Stiller in ten films.
Wilson is best known for his roles in Bottle Rocket (1996), Shanghai Noon (2000), Zoolander (2001), Shanghai Knights (2003), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2006), Cars, The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Marley & Me (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Internship (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006, 2009 and 2014).
Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, to photographer Laura (née Cunningham) Wilson and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and operator of a public television station. He has an older brother, Andrew, and a younger brother, Luke. Both brothers are also involved in filmmaking. His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish decent . New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas at Austin, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English.
The 2002 release of the album C’mon C’mon by former girlfriend Sheryl Crow features the song “Safe and Sound”, which is dedicated to Wilson in the liner notes and is said to be an autobiographical account of Wilson and Crow’s relationship.
On August 26, 2007, Wilson was taken to St. John’s Health Center for what was rumored to be a suicide attempt. He was then transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His lawyer confirmed that he had been undergoing treatment for depression.
A few days after his hospitalization, Wilson withdrew from his role in Tropic Thunder, which was produced by and co-starred his friend and frequent collaborator Ben Stiller. He was replaced by Matthew McConaughey. After his hospital stay, Wilson participated in limited publicity and promotion for his films.
In 2008, it was reported that Wilson and girlfriend, Kate Hudson, were planning to marry. However, they did not marry, but instead repeatedly broke up and got together again during 2008 and 2009 before finally breaking it off for good.
On January 10, 2011, Wilson’s representative announced that Wilson and his girlfriend Jade Duell were expecting a baby. Four days later, on January 14, it was confirmed that Duell had given birth in Hawaii to a baby boy, Robert Ford Wilson. Wilson and Duell ended their relationship in June 2011.
In October 2013, Wilson’s representative confirmed that he was expecting a child with personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist, though they were not in a relationship and Lindqvist was in the process of divorcing her husband. Lindqvist gave birth to a son, Finn Lindqvist Wilson on January 30, 2014.
Wilson is a fan of several Dallas-area professional sports teams, and has been spotted at Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games.