Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson grew up in Texas with his
mother, Laura, a photographer; his father, an ad exec; and his brothers,
Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke Wilson
(the youngest). Expelled from St. Mark's Academy in Dallas Texas in the
tenth grade, Wilson finished his sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson
School and then headed to a military academy in New Mexico. He then
attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future
mentor and friend, Wes Anderson. They wrote a screenplay, Bottle Rocket (1996), and sent it to their family friend, screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, who sent it to producer Polly Platt, who gave it to James L. Brooks, who gave the Texans $5 million dollars to make it into a feature film. Despite critical praise, Bottle Rocket
(1996) only grossed one million dollars. After making the film, Wilson
moved to Hollywood, setting up house with his two brothers and Anderson.
Fairly quickly, Owen found himself acting in a series of big budget
films that scraped the bottom of the critical barrel, such as the
dreadful The Cable Guy (1996), The Haunting (1999), Anaconda (1997) and Breakfast of Champions (1999). This led to more work in slightly better fare, such as Shanghai Noon (2000), Meet the Parents (2000) and Behind Enemy Lines
(2001). He's known not only for his nose, which has been broken several
times, but also for his 'free wheeling ways' with a script. He co-wrote
the film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) with his oft partner Wes Anderson. He has been romantically linked with singer Sheryl Crow.