Owen Wilson is one of the most popular comic actors in contemporary Hollywood – and he will forever hold a special place in the hearts of movie lovers for his contributions in the industry. He has appeared in several comedic blockbusters including Zoolander, Wedding Crashers, and Shanghai Noon. Asides from comedy, Wilson has also featured in serious projects such as Behind Enemy Lines and No Escape – he is also a budding filmmaker.
While many can list tons of acting works credited to the Texas native, a lot of people don’t know any more about him – or his family. The comedian has two brothers who are also in the performing arts industry as well. Known as the Wilson Brothers, the trio is a talented bunch.
Owen Wilson’s Brothers Are Hollywood Stars As Well
In case you didn’t know, Andrew and Luke Wilson are Owen Wilson’s brothers from the same parents. The Zoolander star is the middle child among the three children born to Irish parents Laura Wilson (mother) and Robert Wilson (father). The brothers discovered their penchant for the arts around the same time – the early 1990s, and have since grown their craft to the top. They have also collaborated on a few occasions to create films in different capacities, including as actors and directors.
No doubt, the Wilson Brothers are among the outstanding family of thespians making the rounds in Hollywood, much like the Walhlbergs, Hemsworths, and the Baldwins.
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— Owen Wilson (@owenwilson1) December 2, 2015
Andrew Wilson is an Actor and Director
The first of the Wilson siblings, Andrew Wilson was born on the 22nd of August 1964, in Dallas, Texas. The older Wilson is also an actor but his acting career has been largely limited to minor characters in several productions. You can say he is the least popular among the brothers. The genesis of his acting career can be traced to 1993, a few years ahead of his brothers. He apparently set the pace for them even though their career seems to have gained more traction over the years. Notwithstanding, Andrew has a few credits to his name both as an actor and director.
Some of his most prominent works include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Merlin: The Return, Chicks, Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Big Year, Hall Pass, How Do You Know, and Fever Pitch etc. Though Andrew Wilson is mostly a film actor, he is also a budding director. He made his directorial debut in the 2005 comedy, The Wendell Baker Story. The 2005 comedy film revolves around Wendell Baker, a career conman who decides to change his ways after a prison stint.
The Wendell Baker Story featured the likes of Luke Wilson (in the title role) and Eva Mendes. Owen Wilson depicted Neil King in the film, making it one of the projects in which the three brothers worked together. The comedy film premiered at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival.
You Might Recognise Luke Wilson from My Super Ex-Girlfriend And Legally Blonde
Luke Wilson is Owen Wilson’s younger brother. He was born on the 21st of September 1971 in Dallas, Texas. He attended St Marks School of Texas alongside his brothers and was voted class president during his first year in the school. Luke decided to give his passion for the arts a try while at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He subsequently made his debut in the 1996 crime drama, Bottle Rocket. He has since gone on to appear in several movies and TV series. On the small screen, Luke Wilson has featured in Roadies, Drunk History, Entourage, That 70’s Show, The X-Files, and Enlightened.
The latter is an HBO comedy-drama series that debuted in 2011. The TV series revolves around Amy Jellicoe, a successful executive whose career implodes after her self-destructive behavior took over. Amy subsequently spends three months in rehab and comes out enlightened. Enlightened featured Laura Dern as Amy while Luke Wilson portrayed her ex-husband who struggles with drug abuse.
On the big screen, Owen Wilson’s younger brother has featured in Telling Lies in America, Best Men, Home Fries, Blue Streak, Legally Blonde, The Royal Tenenbaum, Idiocracy, Tenure, Middlemen, Death at a Funeral, and Vacancy.
Another one of his acclaimed projects is My Super Ex-Girlfriend, a 2006 American superhero romantic comedy-drama film. Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, and Wanda Sykes, among others, brought the characters to life. And while the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was applauded by a generous section of viewers.
The Wilson Brothers Are Doing Well Financially
From Owen to Luke to Andrew, the Wilson Brothers are not just in Hollywood to make good movies, they are also securing the bag. The last estimate on his earnings shows that Owen Wilson has a net worth of $70 million with many works in the pipeline.
Luke, who is the next most famous person in the family is hot on his heels with a fortune calculated in excess of $50 million. He also has many ongoing projects both on the small and big screens, including Stargirl, All the Bright Places, 12 Mighty Orphans, and Cosmic Sin.
Andrew, on the other hand, is also making it big with his net worth estimated at $2 million. He hasn’t done any major work since 2017 when he played Hopper and Hotel Desk Clerk in Time Trap and Father Figures respectively.
Meet The Other Members Of The Wilson Family
Owen Wilson is from a family of five which means asides his brothers, the rest of the family members include his parents who are quite accomplished people as well. His father, Robert Wilson (now late), was an accomplished advertising executive. He also worked in the broadcast industry.
On the other hand, Wilson’s mother, Laura is a renowned photographer. She initially hoped to become a painter and majored in painting at the Connecticut College. She, however, couldn’t achieve much with three rambunctious sons to take care of. Her photographs have been utilized by publications such as Vanity Fair, GQ, Washington Post, and the New York Times.
She has also lectured at prestigious institutions, including Harvard and the University of Texas at Austin. Laura Wilson is also the author of five books. These books combine text and photography and often documents isolated communities as she is easily attracted to them. Her written works include Watt Matthews of Lambshead (1989), Hutterites of Montana (2000), Avedon at Work: In The American West (2003), Grit and Glory: Six-Man Football (2003).
Overall, the Wilsons are high achievers who don’t relent in pursuing their dreams.