Luke Wilson

Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Idiocracy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Ridiculous 6, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Bongwater, and Legally Blonde. He was a member of the cast of the HBO television series Enlightened (2011–2013) and currently stars as Pat Dugan / S.T.R.I.P.E. on the CW television series Stargirl (2020–present). He is the younger brother of actors Andrew Wilson and Owen Wilson.

Luke Wilson
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Wilson in 2016
Luke Cunningham Wilson

(1971-09-21) September 21, 1971 (age 49)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1995–present

Early lifeEdit

Wilson was born in Dallas the youngest of three sons of Laura Wilson (née Cunningham; born 1939), a photographer and Robert Andrew Wilson (1941–2017), an advertising executive and previously an executive at KERA,[1] a public television station. His family, originally from Massachusetts, is of Irish Catholic descent.[2] All three Wilson boys attended St. Mark's School of Texas. According to Owen, Luke was voted class president the first year he attended St. Mark's.[3] He later discovered his love of acting while a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles.[4][5]


Wilson in 2003

Wilson's acting career began with the lead role in the short film Bottle Rocket in 1994 which was co-written by his older brother Owen and director Wes Anderson. It was remade as a feature-length film in 1996.[1] After moving to Hollywood with his two brothers, he was cast opposite Calista Flockhart in Telling Lies in America[1] and made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of Scream 2,[1] both in 1997. Wilson filmed back-to-back romantic films in 1998, opposite Drew Barrymore, Best Men, about a group of friends who pull off a heist on their way to a wedding,[1] and Home Fries which is about two brothers interested in the same woman for different reasons.[1] He played the physician beau of a schoolteacher in Rushmore (also released in 1998) also directed by Anderson and co-written by his brother Owen.[1]

In 1999, Blue Streak was released featuring Wilson as Detective Carlson. He later starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde.[6] It was followed by Old School and The Royal Tenenbaums.[1] Wilson also had a role on That '70s Show, as Michael Kelso's older brother Casey Kelso appearing sporadically from 2002 through 2005.[7]

In 2006, Wilson starred in Idiocracy, Mike Judge's first film since 1999's Office Space. He portrayed an ordinary serviceman chosen for a cryogenics project. He awakens after hundreds of years in an America which is significantly less intelligent.[8]

In early 2007, Wilson starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller Vacancy.[9] In July 2007, he worked on Henry Poole is Here in La Mirada, California which was released in 2008.[1] He also starred in Blonde Ambition which is considered as a brilliant and cult film for its writing and the types of references it contains.[10][11][12] He starred in the film Tenure in 2009.[1][13] In 2010, he appeared in films Death at a Funeral and Middle Men.[1] From 2011 to 2013 he starred in the HBO TV series Enlightened.[14]

Wilson and brother Owen have co-written a Wright Brothers biopic, in which they also plan to star.[15]

In January 2019, it was announced that Wilson had been cast as former sidekick-turned-mechanic-turned superhero Pat Dugan / S.T.R.I.P.E. in the DC Universe/The CW series Stargirl.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bottle Rocket Anthony Adams
1997 Bongwater David
Telling Lies in America Henry
Best Men Jesse Reilly
Scream 2 Billy Plays a character in the film-within-a-film Stab.
1998 Dog Park Andy
Home Fries Dorian Montier
Rushmore Dr. Peter Flynn
1999 Kill the Man Stanley Simon
Blue Streak Detective Carlson
2000 My Dog Skip Dink Jenkins
Committed Carl
Bad Seed Preston Tylk
Charlie's Angels Peter Kominsky
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
Stuck on You Himself
Alex and Emma Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Peter Kominsky
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde Emmett Richmond
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Orville Wright
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Frank Vitchard
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Frank Vitchard
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Wendell Baker Also writer/producer/director
The Family Stone Ben Stone
2006 Hoot Officer David Delinko From The C.C.P.D. Company
Mini's First Time John Garson
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Matt Saunders
Idiocracy Corporal Joe Bauers
Jackass Number Two Himself
2007 You Kill Me Tom
Vacancy David Fox
3:10 to Yuma Zeke
Blades of Glory Sex Class Instructor
Battle for Terra Lt. James "Jim" Stanton Voice role
Blonde Ambition Ben
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Henry Poole
2009 Tenure Charlie Thurber
2010 Death at a Funeral Derek
Middle Men Jack Harris
2012 Meeting Evil John
Straight A's William
2013 Move Me Brightly The Interviewer Music documentary film
2014 The Skeleton Twins Lance
Ride Ian
Dear Eleanor Bob Potter
2015 Playing It Cool Samson
Meadowland Phil
The Ridiculous 6 Danny
Concussion Roger Goodell
2016 Outlaws and Angels Josiah
All We Had Lee
Rock Dog Bodi Voice role
Approaching the Unknown Louis Skinner
2017 Brad's Status Jason Hatfield
The Girl Who Invented Kissing Leo
2018 Arizona Scott
Measure of a Man Marty Marks
High Voltage Rick
2019 Berlin, I Love You Burke Linz
Guest of Honour Father Greg
The Goldfinch Larry Decker
Zombieland: Double Tap Albuquerque
2020 All the Bright Places James
Bobbleheads: The Movie Earl (voice) Direct-to-video
TBA 12 Mighty Orphans Rusty Russell
Cosmic Sin TBA


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The X-Files Sheriff Hartwell Episode: "Bad Blood"
2002–2005 That '70s Show Casey Kelso 6 episodes
2004 Entourage Himself Episode: "Talk Show"
Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Luke Wilson/U2"
2011–2013 Enlightened Levi Callow 11 episodes
2013 Drunk History Will Keith Kellogg Episode: "Detroit"
2016 Roadies Bill 10 episodes
2019 Room 104 Remus Episode: "The Plot"
2020–present Stargirl Pat Dugan / S.T.R.I.P.E. Main role
2020 Emergency Call Host

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Luke Wilson- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Stuever, Hank (July 20, 2006). "The Brothers Grin". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ audio commentary on Criterion Collection's Bottle Rocket DVD
  4. ^ Zoller Seitz, Matt (August 4, 2010). "Luke Wilson: How it feels to be America's boyfriend". Salon. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Luke Wilson Biography". IMDb. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  6. ^ ""Legally Blonde" Movie Review". Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Everybody Loves Casey". Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Idiocracy". empire online. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Vacancy's Luke Wilson ... Checks in About Brotherly Love—and the Other Kind Too!". people. May 7, 2007. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Rongar, Author Alosius (May 28, 2020). "Why i think that Blonde Ambition is a cult film". 24 Hours. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  11. ^ "Why i think that Blonde Ambition is a cult film – Global News". Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Why i think that Blonde Ambition is a cult film". Press and News. May 23, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "DVD Review: Luke Wilson in "Tenure"". Orlando Sentinel. April 23, 2010. Archived from the original on April 26, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  14. ^ Patterson, Troy (October 14, 2011). "Laura Dern Is Enlightened". Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  15. ^ Larry King (September 26, 2014). "Luke Wilson on "Larry King Now" - Full Episode in the U.S. on Ora.TV" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Boucher, Geoff (January 8, 2019). "'Stargirl': Luke Wilson Joins Cast of DC Universe Series". Deadline. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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