Luke Wilson

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Luke Wilson
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Wilson in 2009
Born Luke Cunningham Wilson
(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 46)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Parent(s) Laura Cunningham Wilson
Robert Andrew Wilson
Family Andrew Wilson (brother)
Owen 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 was a member of the cast of the HBO television series Enlightened (2011–13). He is the younger brother of actors Andrew Wilson and Owen Wilson.

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, the youngest of three sons of Laura Wilson (née Cunningham; born 1939), a photographer, and Robert Andrew Wilson (1941-2017), an advertising executive and previously an executive at KERA,[1] a public television station. His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish Catholic descent.[2] All three Wilson boys attended St. Mark's School of Texas. According to Owen, Luke was voted class president the first year he attended St. Mark's.[3]

Career[edit]

Wilson in 2003

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 physician 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.[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]

Wilson and brother Owen have co-written a Wright Brothers biopic, in which they also plan to star.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bottle Rocket Anthony Adams
1997 Bongwater David
1997 Telling Lies in America Henry
1997 Best Men Jesse Reilly
1997 Scream 2 'Stab' Billy
1998 Dog Park Andy
1998 Home Fries Dorian Montier
1998 Rushmore Dr. Peter Flynn
1999 Kill the Man Stanley Simon
1999 Blue Streak Detective Carlson
2000 My Dog Skip Dink Jenkins
2000 Committed Carl
2000 Bad Seed Preston Tylk
2000 Charlie's Angels Peter Kominsky
2001 Legally Blonde Emmett Richmond
2001 Soul Survivors Jude
2001 The Royal Tenenbaums Richie Tenenbaum
2002 The Third Wheel Stanley
2003 Masked and Anonymous Bobby Cupid
2003 Old School Mitch Martin
2003 Stuck on You Himself
2003 Alex and Emma Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Peter Kominsky
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde Emmett Richmond
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Orville Wright
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Frank Vitchard
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Frank Vitchard
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Wendell Baker Also writer/producer/director
2005 The Family Stone Ben Stone
2006 Hoot Officer David Delinko From The C.C.P.D. Company
2006 Mini's First Time John Garson
2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Matt Saunders
2006 Idiocracy Corporal Joe Bauers
2006 Jackass Number Two Himself
2007 You Kill Me Tom
2007 Vacancy David Fox
2007 3:10 to Yuma Zeke
2007 Blades of Glory Sex Class Instructor
2007 Battle for Terra Lt. James Stanton Voice only
2007 Blonde Ambition Ben
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Henry Poole
2009 Tenure Charlie Thurber
2010 Death at a Funeral Derek
2010 Middle Men Jack Harris
2012 Meeting Evil John
2012 Straight A's William
2013 Move Me Brightly The Interviewer Music documentary film
2014 The Skeleton Twins Lance
2014 Ride Ian
2014 Dear Eleanor Bob Potter
2015 Playing It Cool Samson
2015 Meadowland Phil
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Danny
2015 Concussion Roger Goodell
2016 Outlaws and Angels Josiah
2016 All We Had Lee
2016 Rock Dog Bodi Voice only
2016 Approaching the Unknown Louis Skinner
2017 Brad's Status Jason Hatfield
2018 Arizona Scott
2018 Measure of a Man Marty Marks
2019 The Goldfinch Larry Decker Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The X-Files Sheriff Hartwell Episode: "Bad Blood"
2002–05 That '70s Show Casey Kelso 6 episodes
2004 Entourage Himself Episode: "Talk Show"
2004 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Luke Wilson/U2"
2011–13 Enlightened Levi Callow 15 episodes
2013 Drunk History Will Keith Kellogg Episode: "Detroit"
2016 Roadies Bill Main role; 10 episodes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Luke Wilson- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved October 11, 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". about.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Everybody Loves Casey". tv.com. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Idiocracy". empire online. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. 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 October 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DVD Review: Luke Wilson in "Tenure"". Orlando Sentinel. April 23, 2010. Archived from the original on April 26, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Patterson, Troy (October 14, 2011). "Laura Dern Is Enlightened". slate.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Larry King (September 26, 2014). "Luke Wilson on "Larry King Now" - Full Episode in the U.S. on Ora.TV" – via YouTube. 

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