Owen Wilson's Iconic Nose Has Been the Source of Fan Questions for Ages — the Story


Dec. 5 2023, Updated 4:14 p.m. ET

Owen Wilson attends Paramount+'s 'Secret Headquarters' New York premiere.
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The Gist:

  • Owen Wilson made his debut in film in 1996 with Bottle Rocket.
  • He has since grown to become one of the most favored actors thanks to his roles in movies like Zoolander, Wedding Crashers, and Wonder.
  • Despite how talented and entertaining Owen might be, people can't seem to look past his distinctly shaped nose.
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Comedic actor Owen Wilson has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades, culminating in recent forays into the superhero genre with his TV show Loki. Owen frequently plays the lead in romantic comedies, and one of more recent ventures, Marry Me, stirred up an age-old discussion about what happened to his nose. And people can't seem to let it go.

So, what the heck happened to Owen Wilson's nose? Over the years, many fans have asked the same question, but his answer is actually simple. Here's what we know about Owen's nose.

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Owen Wilson attends the Los Angeles Premiere of IFC Films' 'Paint'.
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So, what happened to Owen Wilson's nose?

In a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Owen discusses his iconic nose and how it became crooked. Owen broke his nose twice, both times before he entered an acting career. First, he injured his nose as a teen during a fight at St. Mark's High School in Dallas, Texas. The second time he injured his nose was the result of a football injury.

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At the time, he divulged to the L.A. Times how frequently people commented on his nose, telling him it looked, "kind of odd, disfigured," but Owen himself was unbothered. In fact, he remarked, "my nose wouldn't have been that great even if it hadn't been broken."

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While plenty have served up a fresh, hot plate of criticism regarding Owen's nose, others have taken a liking to it. Truth be told, we couldn't imagine Owen with a different one!

And Owen's interesting history doesn't end with his nose.

After being reportedly kicked out of high school for fighting, his parents enrolled him at the New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated and would later attend the University of Texas. It was at the University of Texas where he met frequent collaborator and legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson.

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Owen Wilson attends the 'The French Dispatch' screening during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival.
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Owen Wilson (and his nose) returned to romantic comedy films with 'Marry Me'.

After a brief stint exploring the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Owen returned to romantic comedies with the film Marry Me. In Marry Me, Owen plays Charlie Gilbert, a divorced math teacher who attends a Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) concert with his daughter and friend. When Kat, who intended to marry her musical partner Bastian (Maluma), discovers she has been cheated on, she elects to marry a stranger from the crowd instead.

The pair's unlikely romance is at the center of the film, accompanied by new music created and performed by Jennifer Lopez. The flick is available to stream on multiple platforms like Hulu, Starz, and Apple TV, though you'll need a paid subscription to watch it.

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