Wilson attended St. Mark's School of Texas and Occidental College, where he was initially more interested in the school's athletics department than in drama or theater. He excelled at track and field at Occidental, and later at Texas Christian University, once he transferred.
After moving to Hollywood with his 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). 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.
A starring role opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde elevated him to a major name in Hollywood and was followed up by hits like Old School and The Royal Tenenbaums. Wilson also made a notable role in the television show That '70s Show, as Michael Kelso's charming and athletic brother Casey Kelso. He appeared sporadically on the show from 2002 through 2005.
In 2006, Wilson starred in Idiocracy, Mike Judge's first film since 1999's Office Space. Wilson portrayed an especially ordinary serviceman who is chosen for a cryogenics project. He awakes hundreds of years in the future where America is significantly less intelligent. The film was initially dropped by Fox Studios, but re-distributed in 2006. Wilson expressed his sentiments towards Fox's move as "total bullshit".
|1996||Bottle Rocket||Anthony Adams|
|Telling Lies in America||Henry|
|Best Men||Jesse Reilly|
|Scream 2||Stab Billy|
|Home Fries||Dorian Montier|
|Rushmore||Dr. Peter Flynn|
|1999||Kill the Man||Stanley Simon|
|2000||My Dog Skip||Dink Jenkins|
|Preston Tylk||Preston Tylk|
|Charlie's Angels||Pete Komisky|
|2001||Legally Blonde||Emmett Richmond|
|The Royal Tenenbaums||Richie Tenenbaum|
|2002||The Third Wheel||Stanley|
|2003||Masked and Anonymous||Bobby Cupid|
|Old School||Mitch Martin|
|Alex and Emma||Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley|
|Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Pete|
|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|
|2005||The Wendell Baker Story||Wendell Baker|
|The Family Stone||Ben Stone|
|2006||Jackass Number Two||Himself (cameo)|
|Mini's First Time||John Garson|
|Hoot||Officer David Delinko|
|My Super Ex-Girlfriend||Matt Saunders|
|Idiocracy||Pvt. Joe Bauers|
|2007||You Kill Me||Tom|
|Blades of Glory||Sex Addicts Help Group Leader|
|10 to Yuma||Zeke (Cameo)|
|2008||Henry Poole is Here||Henry Poole|
Fresh men; Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson are first-class clowns in the frat-house comedy "Old School.".(VARIETY / FREETIME)
Feb 21, 2003; Byline: Colin Covert; Staff Writer `Old School" is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is an enjoyable...