40 Fun Facts: How Owen Wilson Got His Trademark Crooked Nose

Owen Wilson is an American actor known for his subtle humor and quirky roles in films like 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' 'Wedding Crashers' and 'Inherent Vice.'

  1. His full name is Owen Cunningham Wilson.

  2. He was born on November 18, 1968 in Dallas, Texas.

  3. His mom is Laura (née Cunningham) Wilson, a photographer, and father is Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and operator of a public television station.

  4. His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish descent.

  5. He has two brothers, Luke and Andrew, who are also actors.

  6. Wilson has a crooked nose which resulted from two accidents he had experienced, first in high school then in college yet it later has become his trademark instead.

  7. After being expelled from the St. Mark's School of Texas, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson School before attending the New Mexico Military Institute.

  8. He once worked at Blockbuster Video store before pursuing his acting career.

  9. While at the University of Texas at Austin, he met filmmaker Wes Anderson. The two teamed up to make the film Bottle Rocket in 1996, the first of several films they would work on together, which would include Rushmore, The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums.

  10. He studied English at the University of Texas. He was only two courses shy of graduating before he quit to go to Hollywood.

  11. He accidentally cut his chin while undergoing a scene in "The Haunting" (1999) in which his character attacks the portrait of Hugh Crane with a candlestick and so had to get some stitches on it.

  12. Wilson got his big break with the 2000 comedy action film Shanghai Noon, starring opposite Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. The film grossed nearly US$100 million worldwide.

  13. Wilson is a huge fan of Willie Nelson and Winston Churchill.

  14. He has done radio commercials for Heineken and Michelob Lite.

  15. Wilson lands his first part in a big budget action movie, playing geologist Oscar Choi in the asteroid thriller Armageddon with Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis. The critically panned but commercially successful Michael Bay film gives Wilson his biggest visibility to date.

  16. Wilson has appeared in several big-budget films with comedic actor (and good friend) Ben Stiller, including Meet the Parents (2000) and its two sequels, Zoolander (2001) and Starsky & Hutch (2004).

  17. In 1999, he had a relationship with singer Sheryl Crow. In her album C'mon C'mon, the song "Safe and Sound" was dedicated to Wilson and is said to be an autobiographical account of Wilson and Crow's relationship.

  18. Wilson is considered as one of 'The Frat Pack' members together with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, also his brother, Luke Wilson, and the first of it to be bestowed an Oscar nomination.

  19. He is left-handed.

  20. Wilson was born on the same date and month as David Ortiz, Chloe Sevigny, and Christina Vidal were.

  21. He has a tattoo of a clover with the word 'luck' written under it.

  22. For the 2005 blockbuster, Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn rehearsed improvisational lines over games of backgammon or Ping-Pong.

  23. Wilson contributed his voice to the animated smash hit Cars (2006) which was hugely popular.

  24. While filming You, Me and Dupree in 2006 which starred Kate Hudson, they began a romantic relationship offset. Unfortunately, the couple split in 2007.

  25. The breakup was unexpected and difficult to overcome. On August 26, 2007, Owen was taken from his Santa Monica, California home to the hospital after a call for medical assistance was made. Police reports later showed that they'd responded to a suicide attempt.

  26. Following the incident, Wilson canceled several appearances and dropped out of the film Tropic Thunder (2008), which would have reunited him with Stiller. He was replaced by Matthew McConaughey.

  27. He returned home after a week of being in hospital. He received support from his family and friends, including Wes Anderson and Woody Harrelson.

  28. In 2008, it was reported that Wilson and on-again 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.

  29. Following the dark moment, he appeared in the hit drama "Marley & Me" in 2008, alongside Jennifer Aniston as a couple that learns life lessons from their naughty dog. They later began a romantic relationship.

  30. Luke Wilson lived with Owen for a year, despite the fact that he owned his own place a mile away.

  31. On January 14, 2011, Wilson and his girlfriend Jade Duell welcomed a baby boy named Robert Ford Wilson in Hawaii.

  32. Wilson and Duell had ended their relationship by June 2011.

  33. 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 son, Finn Lindqvist Wilson on January 30, 2014.

  34. His films have grossed more than $2.25 billion domestically (United States and Canada), with an average of $75 million per film.

  35. Wilson is a fan of several Dallas-area professional sports teams, and has been spotted at Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games.

  36. Owen Wilson partially blames his mischievous streak on his father. "One of my earliest memories was my dad sneaking us into the state fair, saying he was with the Channel 4 news," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "It was pretty clear where we got this from."

  37. He likes playing table tennis also doing water-sports like body surfing and swimming.

  38. His net worth is $40 million.

  39. He appeared in the music video of The Wiseguys' "Start the Commotion."

  40. His favorite movies include "Scarface" (1983) and "Punch Drunk Love" (2002).


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