Biography Of Movie Actor Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson is a successful screenwriter and actor who has collaborated with Wes Anderson and Ben Stiller to create some touching and funny movies.

Owen Wilson was born on November 18, 1968 in Dallas, Texas. His father was an advertising executive, and his mother was a photographer. In addition to himself and his parents he has two brothers, Luke and Andrew.

Owen had a normal childhood until his teen years, when his rebelliousness forced him to switch to several schools before he finally graduated from a military academy in New Mexico.After graduating from high school, Owen moved on to the University of Texas at Austin. It was there where he fortuitously met Wes Anderson in a playwriting class. The two became tight friends and wrote a screenplay, Bottle Rocket, together. They were able to get this short 13 minute film played at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was seen by filmmaker and film executive James Brooks, director of Terms of Endearment and As Good as it Gets.Brooks agreed to finance an extended version of the film. Owen, along with his brothers, appeared in the film, and Anderson directed. Although the film was not a great financial success, it was well regarded critically, and Owen's leap to stardom had begun.

After Bottle Rocket, Owen had a series of small roles in The Cable Guy, Anaconda, and Permanent Midnight. The Cable Guy and Permanent Midnight highlighted another relationship that would be as important to his career as the one he had formed with Wes Anderson; that of his onscreen buddy extraordinaire, Ben Stiller. Permanent Midnight also highlighted Wilson's penchant to juxtapose more thoughtful roles with comedic turns. In Permanent Midnight he was a convincing junkie buddy of Stiller's Jerry Stahl. With The Minus Man he would take this willingness to undertake dark roles even further by playing a serial killer.

In 1998 Wilson again collaborated on a script with Wes Anderson, producing the dark teen comedy, Rushmore. This film was even more well regarded than Bottle Rocket. In addition to being a commercial success, the film offered a career-resurrecting role to Bill Murray, and would be generally be regarded as Murray's best performance until the release of Lost in Translation.

After Rushmore, Owen's acting career took off, forcing him to prioritize his acting over his writing career. He co-starred in the action comedy Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan, and the movie was a huge blockbuster. He would co-write The Royal Tenenbaums with Anderson, a complex movie about a family of troubled geniuses, and star in it with his good friend Stiller; however, Owen would not be able to co-write with Wes Anderson their fourth movie together, The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zhissou. The success of Shanghai Noon prompted the very lucrative sequel Shanghai Nights.

In 2001, Owen starred in the military thriller Behind Enemy Lines, another success. He also appeared in the Stiller-directed and written Zoolander, where he played the mentally vacuous, but good-hearted male model Hansel. Wilson was so hilarious as Hansel that the critical consensus was that he stole the movie from Stiller. He would star again with Stiller in 2004 in the successful Starsky and Hutch.

Wilson has a stable comedic career, and has shown his ability to play the action lead effectively in Behind Enemy Lines. With his proven track record and his capacity to make good choices, he should be a force in Hollywood for years to come. If he can find time away from his movie stardom to pen a few more scripts with his good friend Wes Anderson, that much better for fans and discerning moviegoers!

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