Luke Wilson

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Not to be confused with Luke Willson.
Luke Wilson
Wilson in 2009
Born Luke Cunningham Wilson
(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 43)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Notable work Corporal Joe Bauers in Idiocracy
Mitch Martin in Old School
Anthony Adams in Bottle Rocket
Richie Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums
Detective Carlson in Blue Streak
David in Bongwater
Emmett Richmond in Legally Blonde
Levi Callow in Enlightened
Parent(s) Robert Andrew Wilson
Laura Cunningham Wilson
Family Owen Wilson (brother)
Andrew Wilson (brother)

Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Idiocracy, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Bongwater, and Legally Blonde. He is the brother of actors Andrew and Owen Wilson. He was a member of the cast of the HBO television series Enlightened (2011–2013).

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, a son of Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and previously an executive at KERA,[1] a public television station, and Laura (Cunningham) Wilson, a photographer. His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish Catholic descent.[2] He is the younger brother of actors Andrew Wilson and Owen Wilson. All three boys attended St. Mark's School of Texas. According to his brother Owen, Luke was voted class president the first year he attended St. Mark's.[3]


Wilson's acting career began with the lead role in the short film Bottle Rocket in 1994, which was co-written by his older brother Owen Wilson and director Wes Anderson. It was remade as a feature-length film in 1996.[1] After moving to Hollywood with his two brothers, he was cast opposite Calista Flockhart in Telling Lies in America[1] and made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of Scream 2,[1] both in 1997. Wilson filmed back-to-back romantic films in 1998, opposite Drew Barrymore, Best Men, about a group of friends who pull off a heist on their way to a wedding,[1] and Home Fries, about two brothers interested in the same woman for different reasons.[1] He played the male nurse beau of a schoolteacher in Rushmore (also 1998), also directed by Anderson and co-written by brother Owen.[1]

In 1999, Blue Streak was released featuring Wilson as detective Carlson. He later starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde,[4] which was followed by Old School and The Royal Tenenbaums.[1] Wilson also had a role on That '70s Show, as Michael Kelso's older brother Casey Kelso, appearing sporadically from 2002 through 2005.[5]

In 2006, Wilson starred in Idiocracy, Mike Judge's first film since 1999's Office Space. He portrayed an ordinary serviceman chosen for a cryogenics project. He awakens after hundreds of years in an America which is significantly less intelligent. The film was initially dropped by Fox Studios, but re-distributed in 2006.[6]

In early 2007, Wilson starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller Vacancy.[7] In July 2007, he worked on Henry Poole is Here in La Mirada, California, which was released in 2008.[1] He starred in the film Tenure in 2009.[1][8] In 2010, he appeared in films Death at a Funeral and Middle Men.[1] From 2011 to 2013 he starred in the HBO TV series Enlightened.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson dated actress Drew Barrymore from 1996 to 1999. They appeared together in the movies Best Men, Home Fries, Charlie's Angels as well as its 2003 sequel.[1] He has been in a relationship with former basketball player Meg Simpson since 2008.[1][10]


Wilson in 2003
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bottle Rocket Anthony Adams
1997 Bongwater David
Telling Lies in America Henry
Best Men Jesse Reilly
Scream 2 'Stab' Billy
1998 Dog Park Andy
The X-Files Sheriff Hartwell TV Series: 1 Episode – Bad Blood
Home Fries Dorian Montier
Rushmore Dr. Peter Flynn
1999 Kill the Man Stanley Simon
Blue Streak Detective Carlson
2000 My Dog Skip Dink Jenkins
Committed Carl
Bad Seed Preston Tylk
Charlie's Angels Peter Kominsky
2001 Legally Blonde Emmett Richmond
Soul Survivors Jude
Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal Tenenbaums Richie Tenenbaum
2002 Third Wheel, TheThe Third Wheel Stanley
2002–2005 That '70s Show Casey Kelso TV Series: 6 Episodes
2003 Masked and Anonymous Bobby Cupid
Old School Mitch Martin
Stuck on You Himself
Alex and Emma Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Peter Kominsky
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde Emmett Richmond
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Orville Wright
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Frank Vitchard
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Direct-to-Video
Entourage Himself TV Series: 1 Episode
Saturday Night Live Host
2005 Wendell Baker Story, TheThe Wendell Baker Story Wendell Baker Also Writer/Producer/Director
Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone Ben Stone
2006 Hoot Officer David Delinko
Mini's First Time John Garson
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Matt Saunders
Idiocracy Corporal Joe Bauers
Jackass Number Two Himself
2007 You Kill Me Tom
Vacancy David Fox
3:10 to Yuma Zeke
Blades of Glory Sex Class Instructor
Battle for Terra Lt. James Stanton Voice Only
Blonde Ambition Ben
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Henry Poole
2009 Tenure Charlie Thurber
2010 Death at a Funeral Derek
Middle Men Jack Harris
2011–13 Enlightened Levi Callow TV Series: 15 Episodes
2012 Meeting Evil John
Straight A's William
Elvis & Nixon Sonny
2013 Drunk History Will Keith Kellogg TV Series: 1 Episode
Move Me Brightly The Interviewer Music documentary film
2014 The Skeleton Twins Lance
Ride Ian
Dear Eleanor Bob Potter
2015 Playing It Cool Samson
Meadowland Phil
Rock Dog Bodi Filming
The Ridiculous Six Danny
Concussion Roger Goodell Post-production


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Luke Wilson- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Stuever, Hank (July 20, 2006). "The Brothers Grin". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ audio commentary on Criterion Collection's Bottle Rocket DVD
  4. ^ ""Legally Blonde" Movie Review". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Everybody Loves Casey". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Idiocracy". empire online. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Vacancy's Luke Wilson ... Checks in About Brotherly Love—and the Other Kind Too!". people. May 7, 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "DVD Review: Luke Wilson in "Tenure"". Orlando Sentinel. April 23, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Patterson, Troy (October 14, 2011). "Laura Dern Is Enlightened". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Scoop: Luke Wilson's New Girlfriend". People. September 1, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 

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