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Luke Wilson
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Birthdate: September 21, 1971
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Occupation: Actor
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Claim to Fame: Plots a half-baked heist with his hapless buddy, Dignan, played by brother, Owen Wilson, in Bottle Rocket (1996).

Significant Other(s):
Gwyneth Paltrow, actress; appeared together in The Royal Tenenbaums; dated 2001
Drew Barrymore, actress; appeared together in Best Men and Home Fries; dated 1996-98

Father: Robert Wilson, advertising executive; operated a public TV station
Mother: Laura Wilson, photographer
Brother: Andrew, actor; appeared in Bottle Rocket
Brother: Owen (aka Owen C. Wilson), actor, screenwriter; wrote and costarred in Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums

This tall, dark-haired actor owes the genesis of his career to his blond older brother Owen Wilson, who co-wrote and co-starred in the 1992 short "Bottle Rocket", a 13-minute film about two Texans with too much time on their hands. The short played the festival circuit and was championed by screenwriter L M 'Kit' Carson who brought it to the attention of Polly Platt and James L Brooks. Four years later, an expanded feature version with the same title, focusing on a pair of drifters who get drawn into a life of crime, opened to mostly positive reviews and established the careers of the Wilson brothers and the film's director Wes Anderson. Luke Wilson was more interested in sports until he took a college course that sparked his interest in acting. After working with his brother and Anderson, he went on to play Calista Flockhart's co-worker with romantic designs in "Telling Lies in America" and made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of "Scream 2" (both 1997). Wilson filmed back-to-back romantic films opposite Drew Barrymore, "Best Men", about a group of friends who pull off a heist on their way to a wedding, and "Home Fries" (both 1998), about two brothers interested in the same woman for very different reasons. (Off-screen, the actor won the girl; he and Barrymore became a couple.) Wilson remained in demand, playing the doctor beau of a schoolteacher in "Rushmore" (also 1998), directed by Anderson and co-written by brother Owen.

The Third Wheel (2002)
The Bad Seed (2001)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Soul Survivors (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
My Dog Skip (2000)
Committed (2000)
Preston Tylk (2000)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Kill The Man (1999)
Blue Streak (1999)
Best Men (1998)
Bongwater (1998)
Home Fries (1998)
Dog Park (1998)
Telling Lies In America (1997)
Bottle Rocket (1996)

1998: Made TV acting debut as a sheriff in an episode of The X-Files

Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

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