How much is Owen Wilson worth?
|Net Worth:||$75 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 18, 1968|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)|
The roots of actor, producer, and writer Owen Wilson’s steady climb to fame and fortune trace back to his days in college at the University of Texas in Austin. Wilson was born in 1968 in Dallas, Texas and is the second of three sons of Robert and Laura Wilson. Andrew, his older brother, is also an actor and director, and younger sibling Luke is also a prominent actor in his own right. The brothers all began their careers-Andrew had two previous acting credits- on a low budget 1996 crime comedy film called “Bottle Rocket.” The movie was director Wes Anderson’s debut, and, having been college roommates with Owen, the two co-wrote the script as well.
“Bottle Rocket” had originally been a short film of just thirteen minutes made in 1992. It was featured in the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it drew the attention of Gracie Films co-founder James Brooks, who decided to offer a budget to make a full length feature. Released in 1996 at the cost of $5 million, the movie was critically popular but poorly received in theaters, earning just $560,000 during its run. Owen became discouraged by the reception, and for a time considered trading acting for enlistment in the marines.
Ultimately, Owen decided to continue acting, and while he and his college buddy Anderson would continue collaborating on projects, Wilson also took acting roles in a number of dark comedy, horror and thriller movies in the interim. During this period, he appeared in films such as “The Cable Guy, Armageddon, Anaconda, The Minus Man and Shanghai Noon.” In the course of steadily building a resume, Owen was also making significant contacts in the world of show business. Notably among his counterparts were the likes of Gene Hackman, Jim Carrey, Lucy Liu, Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Most notably, however, was Owen’s work on “The Cable Guy” that would begin his work relationship with the film’s directer, Ben Stiller. In short order, Wilson and Stiller joined forces for what would become both actors’ launchpad to stardom. While Wilson had been gaining exposure and putting together a solid if unspectacular filmography, Stiller, having been from a family chock with credentials, had garnered a moderate amount of success to date.
When the two actors were chosen to star in “Meet the Parents”, little did they know the 2000 comedy film would be the vehicle to superstardom and household name recognition. Also starring Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner, “Meet the Parents” would go on to earn more than $330 million and spawn two sequels.
The impact and success of “Meet the Parents” afforded Owen the ability to pick and choose further roles. His next two films also starred Stiller, 2001’s “Zoolander” and one of many reunions with Wes Anderson in “The Royal Tenenbaums”, a personal favorite of mine, in that same year. Together, the two films raked in over $130 million, and further solidified Owen’s track record and reputation as a bankable actor in Hollywood.
Wilson has sharpened his skills by taking roles in many different genres of film, but his most memorable parts have been in comedic efforts. During the 2000s, his collaborative work alongside fellow heavy hitters earned him a spot in the informal group of comedy actors known as the “Frat Pack.” Others included in the Pack are the aforementioned Stiller, his brother Luke, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Throughout the decade, this group worked together in various combinations to create some of the best received and lucrative comedies of the period.
In addition to his acting, Wilson has done numerous voiceover roles for tv and video games. At present, his career of more than twenty five years has earned him approximately $70 million. In a business as volatile as movie making, it’s of vital importance that an actor stay ahead of the game. In Wilson’s case, his experience and breadth of networking savvy in the industry has served him very well.
It’s impossible to miss Owens’ boyish charm and slight southern drawl, and through his experience he’s become adept at flavoring any type of movie with his natural qualities, while not being redundant or stereotypical. In an early role in “The Minus Man”, Wilson brings the same innocent demeanor and charisma to a plot that debates whether or not his character is a serial killer., and he brilliantly keeps the viewer guessing throughout. In “Tenenbaums”, he straddles the line between genius writer and unrequited lover, while in the midst of an early midlife crisis as he’s tripping on hallucinogens! Each role becomes plausible and believable due to Wilson’s extraordinary talent at being natural and down to earth.
To say that Wilson has capitalized on his talent would be an understatement. The string of hit movies throughout his career have no doubt been supported by an all star list of equally talented cast members. But more than that, directors cast him and viewers take to him because he’s consistently reliable and solid in his work.
As a big fan of Wilson myself, it’s been enjoyable to watch his career path to stardom, and the many incarnations on display in his evolution as an actor. His story is steeped in persistence and keen regard for his craft. He can easily assume the role of likable guy next door, leading man or the lovelorn jealous ex-boyfriend who still has a thing for the girl who now belongs to someone else.
Now 54, he continues working with Wes Anderson and both his brothers, and he has transitioned into the middle age of his life and career with aplomb. He’s been nominated for an Oscar for his writing, and for a Golden Globe for his performance in “Midnight in Paris”, among many nominations. Now, after so many years filled with blockbuster films, it’s hard to fathom that he considered abandoning his love of acting for the armed services. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and we can look forward to many more deadpan quips and endearing charm in the movies to come!