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"The director made that decision not to use my butt... I don't know how to interpret that."
Actor Owen Cunningham Wilson was born on November 18, 1968 in Dallas, Texas. The son of a photographer and an advertising executive, Wilson is best known for his smooth, subdued comedic personas and his rakishly crooked nose.
After being expelled from the St. Mark's School of Texas, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson School before attending the New Mexico Military Institute. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, he met future filmmaker Wes Anderson.
Wilson and Anderson's first feature film partnership was 1996's Bottle Rocket, which was created from a short film shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Soon after, Wilson moved to Hollywood with his two brothers, Andrew and Luke. While there, he went on to co-write three other films with Anderson, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums, the latter of which earned the duo an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
In addition to his collaborations with Anderson Wilson has appeared in numerous big budget films, including several with comedic actor Ben Stiller. He scored one of his biggest box office successes with 2005's Wedding Crashers starring opposite Vince Vaughn.
Wilson also contributed his voice to the animated smash hit Cars (2006). Also around this time, he was romantically linked to his Me, You, and Dupree co-star Kate Hudson, but the couple broke up in May 2007. Wilson was previously romantically linked to Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, and Shery Crowe.
On August 26, 2007, Owen was taken from his Santa Monica, California, home to the hospital after a call from medical assistance was made from the home. Police reports show that they responded to a suicide attempt. From the hospital, Wilson issued a statement asking for privacy so that he may "receive care and heal in private during this difficult time." During his hospital stay, he was visited by his family and friends, including Wes Anderson and Woody Harrelson. Wilson went home less than a week later.
Wilson cancelled several appearances and dropped out of the film Tropic Thunder, which would have reunited him with longtime friend and co-star Ben Stiller.
Owen Wilson stepped back into the spotlight in October 2007, when he attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Darjeeling Limited, in which he was a co-star.
In 2008, he starred in the comedy Drillbit Taylor, and in the film Marley & Me. In recent years, Owen Wilson voiced animated characters in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Marmaduke, Cars 2 and Free Birds as well as several other comedy films.
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Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson met while filming romantic comedy You, Me and Dupree. Their six-month affair reportedly ended Hudson's marriage to rocker Chris Robinson, and they split in May 2007. In August Wilson, who has battled with addiction and depression in the past, attempted suicide. The relationship was on-and-off throughout 2009.
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