Luke Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas to Irish American
parents. The son of an advertising executive and a photographer,
he is the youngest of three brothers along with fellow actors
Owen and Andrew (the eldest). He attended St. Mark's School of
Texas, where he continues to hold the school records for the 400
meter and 800 meter runs.
At Occidental College, Luke was initially more interested in the school's athletics department than he was in drama or theater. He excelled at track and field, but eventually gave up sports after taking a drama class.
Luke Wilson's film acting career began with the lead role in the short film Bottle Rocket in 1994, 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 Luke Wilson's 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).
Luke 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.
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