1. He has had a long association with filmmaker Wes Anderson, whom he shared writing and acting credits with for Bottle Rocket , the latter being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
2. Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, to photographer Laura , an advertising executive and operator of a public television station.
3. He has an older brother, Andrew, and a younger brother, Luke.
4. Wilson then landed a role in The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller, an early admirer of Bottle Rocket.
5. After appearing in minor roles in action films like Anaconda, Armageddon and The Haunting, Wilson appeared in two dramatic roles: a supporting role in Permanent Midnight, which starred Stiller as a drug-addicted TV writer; and the lead role in The Minus Man, in which his future girlfriend, singer Sheryl Crow, was a co-star.
6. He made a cameo appearance in the Girl Skateboards video Yeah Right! in 2003.
7. Wilson starred in the 2000 comedy action film Shanghai Noon, with Jackie Chan.
8. His fame continued to rise after starring alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell in the 2001 film Zoolander.
9. Also in 2001, Wilson and Anderson collaborated on their third film, The Royal Tenenbaums, a financial and critical success.
10. The film earned the writing team an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
11. This big-screen remake of the television series flopped at the box office.
12. Wilson partnered with Vince Vaughn in the 2005 film Wedding Crashers, which grossed over US$200M in the U.S. alone.
13. Also in 2005, Owen collaborated with his brothers by appearing in The Wendell Baker Story, written by brother Luke, directed by Luke and brother Andrew. In the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars, Wilson voiced Lightning McQueen, starred in You, Me and Dupree with Kate Hudson, and appeared with Stiller in Night at the Museum as cowboy Jedediah.
14. Wilson starred with Ben Stiller in eleven films, including The Cable Guy .
15. Wilson appeared in another Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited, which screened at the 45th annual New York Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and opened September 30, 2007, co-starring Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody. Wilson next starred in the Judd Apatow comedy, Drillbit Taylor, released in March 2008.