Owen Wilson is one of contemporary cinema’s most successful actors, having won great acclaim for his memorable turns in mainstream and independent films. In 2011, Wilson starred in Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated feature Midnight in Paris, alongside Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. Wilson’s performance as screenwriter and aspiring novelist Gil Pender garnered him a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Wilson was last seen reprising his role as Lightning McQueen in Cars 3 in June 2017.
Later this year, he will be starring in the adaptation of Raquel J. Palacio’s novel Wonder, alongside Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. The film will open domestically on November 17, 2017. He will also be featured in Warner Brothers and Lawrence Sher’s Father Figures alongside Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, and Glenn Close.
Wilson’s string of box office successes also include Little Fockers, the third installment of the blockbuster Fockers series, opposite Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro; Marley & Me, with Jennifer Aniston, based on the popular memoir by John Grogan; the Night At The Museum franchise opposite Robin Williams and Ben Stiller; the smash hit comedy Wedding Crashers, opposite Vince Vaughn; the romantic comedy You, Me And Dupree; and as the voice of Lightning McQueen in Disney’s Cars and Cars 2. Wilson was also featured in the 2014 Oscar nominated film,
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Wilson starred opposite Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed film The Darjeeling Limited, about brothers taking a spiritual journey through India to rekindle their bond. Wilson has collaborated with director Anderson seven times, including the Academy Award nominated The Grand Budapest Hotel; The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, co-starring Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston; The Royal Tenenbaums, for which he and Anderson were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; Rushmore, which Wilson co-wrote and co-executive produced; and Anderson’s directorial debut, Bottle Rocket, which Wilson starred in and co-wrote. Wilson also lent his voice to Anderson’s Academy Award-nominated animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Wilson’s additional acting credits include “She’s Funny That Way,” “No Escape,” “The Internship,” “Free Birds,” “Are You Here,” James L. Brooks’ romantic comedy “How Do You Know,” “The Big Year,” “Hall Pass,” “Marmaduke,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Zoolander,” “Drillbit Taylor,” “The Wendell Baker Story,” “Shanghai Noon,” “Behind Enemy Lines,” “I Spy,” “Shanghai Knights,” “Armageddon,” “The Minus Man” and “The Cable Guy.”
Ed Helms has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most exciting talents as an actor, writer, and comedian, dominating audiences with his scene-stealing roles on the big and small screen.
Helms is currently in production on a special he will topline and produce with Comedy Central, THE FAKE NEWS WITH TED NELMS. The comedy special will feature absurd, made-up news that closely resembles real news, delivered by an absurd, made-up guy who closely resembles Helms. Additionally, Helms recently wrapped production on Jeff Tomsic’s comedy, TAG, opposite Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher, and Jon Hamm. The film is based on a story by Russell Adams published by The Wall Street Journal in 2013, titled “Tag, He’s ‘It’ for Another Year,” about a group of friends who have been playing a cutthroat version of the children’s game for the last 30 years. The New Line film has been slated for June 29, 2018.
Helms will next be seen in the Warner Bros road comedy FATHER FIGURES opposite Owen Wilson, reuniting with Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher who is directing. Helms and Wilson play brothers whose mother (portrayed by Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young. The duo take off on a road trip to find their real father with evidence pointing to Terry Bradshaw (playing himself) and J.K. Simmons. The Warner Bros film has been slated for December 22, 2017.
Additionally, Helms will be seen in a handful of buzzworthy independent titles, including John Curran’s meticulous Ted Kennedy docudrama CHAPPAQUIDDICK opposite Jason Clarke and Kate Mara, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and Dito Montiel’s THE CLAPPER – where he also serves as a producer– opposite Amanda Seyfried, set to release early 2018 by Momentum Pictures.
Helms is best known for his standout performances in a diverse compilation of projects, including his prolific work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART; his memorable role as ‘Andy Bernard’ on NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy THE OFFICE alongside fellow DAILY SHOW alum, Steve Carell; and striking gold with his leading comedic role in THE HANGOVER trilogy alongside Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, which collectively grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.
Recent credits include David Soren’s adaptation of Davy Pilkey’s popular children’s book, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS opposite Kevin Hart and Nick Kroll; Lake Bell’s I DO…UNTIL I DON’T; Jessie Nelson’s LOVE THE COOPERS opposite Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and John Goodman; and VACATION opposite Christina Applegate from duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. He also served as an Executive Producer on Netflix’s film adaptation of Josh Karpe’s bestselling novel A FUTILE & STUPID GESTURE, as well as the Warner Bros box office hit CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Other notable film credits include David Wain’s satirical romantic comedy THEY CAME TOGETHER; the Duplass Brothers comedy JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME; Miguel Arteta’s CEDAR RAPIDS; Chris Renaud’s beloved THE LORAX; and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s WE ARE THE MILLERS. Helms has also appeared on numerous noteworthy series, including Fox’s cult comedy ARRESTED DEVELOPOMENT; Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV; and Yahoo’s original series created by Helms, TINY COMMANDO.
In addition to his thriving acting career, Helms has successfully produced a diverse slate of projects through his production venture, The Pacific Electric Picture Company, which he formed with Mike Falbo. The company has an array of films in the works, including Jonathan Krisel’s comedy MERMAIDS IN PARADISE; Armando Bo’s drama STANDY BY starring Jack Huston and Bel Powley; Dito Montiel’s comedy THE CLAPPER; and Lionsgate’s EPIC FAIL, a comedy from producer Nicky Weinstock, who co-developed the original idea with Helms.
Beyond acting and producing, Helms has worked closely with Malaria No More, a non-profit organization at the vanguard of the fight to eradicate malaria worldwide. He also sits on the advisory board for Education Through Music LA, which builds curriculum and funds music education in LA public schools.
Helms currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.