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Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an Americanmarker film actor. He is the younger brother of actors Owen and Andrew Wilson.

Early life

Wilson was born in Dallas, Texasmarker, the son of Robert Wilson and Laura Cunningham Wilson. His family is Irish Catholic. He attended St. Mark's School of Texasmarker in Dallas, Texas and Occidental Collegemarker in Los Angeles, CA.


Wilson's film acting career began with the lead role in the film Bottle Rocket in 1996, which was co-written by Wilson's older brother Owen and director Wes Anderson. Bottle Rocket was later made into a feature-length film, in 1996. After moving to Hollywood with his two brothers, he was cast opposite Calista Flockhart with romantic designs in Telling Lies in America and made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of Scream 2 (both 1997). Wilson filmed back-to-back romantic films opposite Drew Barrymore, Best Men, about a group of friends who pull off a heist on their way to a wedding, and Home Fries (both 1998), about two brothers interested in the same woman for very different reasons. (Off-screen, the actor won the girl; he and Barrymore became a couple, but parted ways in 1998.) Wilson remained in demand, playing the doctor beau of a schoolteacher in Rushmore (also 1998), directed by Anderson and co-written by brother Owen.

A starring role opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde elevated him to a major name in Hollywood and was followed up by hits like Old School and The Royal Tenenbaums. Wilson also made a notable role in the television show That '70s Show, as Michael Kelso's charming and athletic brother Casey Kelso. He appeared sporadically on the show from 2002 through 2005.

In 2006, Wilson starred in Idiocracy, Mike Judge's first film since 1999's Office Space. Wilson portrayed an especially ordinary serviceman who is chosen for a cryogenics project. He awakes hundreds of years in the future where America is significantly less intelligent. The film was initially dropped by Fox Studios, but re-distributed in 2006. Wilson expressed his sentiments towards Fox's move as "total bullshit".

In early 2007 Wilson took on a more serious role opposite Kate Beckinsale in the horror thriller Vacancy. In July 2007, he worked on Henry Poole is Here in La Miradamarker, Californiamarker.

Wilson is part of the Frat Pack, a group of actors that frequently work together. He is a member along with Owen Wilson (Luke's brother), Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell.

He is currently filming Tenure at Bryn Mawr Collegemarker in Pennsylvania.

AT&T vs. Verizon

He is also currently doing commercials with AT&T. AT&T is placing new commercials that take aim at Verizon (Verizon brags about five times more 3g coverage) with the help of Luke Wilson. Both new advertisements star Luke Wilson, the first is called “Two Phones” and focuses on the fact that you need two phones to talk and surf the Web at the same time unlike on the AT&T network where one phone can handle both tasks. The other commercial, “Postcards”, highlights AT&T’s network coverage using a large map that Wilson walks over.


Year Film Role
1996 Bottle Rocket Anthony Adams
1997 Bongwater David
Telling Lies in America Henry
Best Men Jesse Reilly
Scream 2 'Stab' Billy
1998 Dog Park Andy
Home Fries Dorian Montier
Rushmore Dr. Peter Flynn
1999 Kill the Man Stanley Simon
Blue Streak Carlson
2000 My Dog Skip Dink Jenkins
Committed Carl
Bad Seed Preston Tylk
Charlie's Angels Pete Komisky
2001 Legally Blonde Emmett Richmond
Soul Survivors Jude
The Royal Tenenbaums Richie Tenenbaum
2002 The Third Wheel Stanley
2003 Masked and Anonymous Bobby Cupid
Old School Mitch Martin
Alex and Emma Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Pete
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde Emmett Richmond
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Orville Wright (Cameo)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Frank Vitchard
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Wendell Baker
The Family Stone Ben Stone
2006 Jackass Number Two Himself (cameo)
Mini's First Time John Garson
Hoot Officer David Delinko
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Matt Saunders
Idiocracy Corporal Joe Bauers
2007 You Kill Me Tom
Blades of Glory Sex Addicts Help Group Leader
Vacancy David Fox
3:10 To Yuma Zeke (Cameo)
Battle for Terra Lt. James Stanton (voice)
Blonde Ambition Ben
2008 Henry Poole is Here Henry Poole
2009 Tenure Charlie Thurber
2010 Middle Men Jack Harris



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