Owen Wilson has opened up for the first time about his father's battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bob wilson, his father is a popular public television executive. His mother Laura Wilson is a photographer and he has two acting brothers, Luke and Andrew Wilson.
Now 74, Bob Wilson took charge of Dallas' public television affiliate KERA in 1967. He hired Jim Lehrer from the Dallas Times Herald and put him in charge of public affairs programing, which led to the creation of the local news program, "Newsroom," the forerunner of "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer."
The 49-year-old actor feels closer to his dad than before as he himself has become a father of two children aged 1 and 4.
"It's one of those things where if somebody had said 10 years ago, when my dad and I were joking around, having a putting match, that this is the position your dad's going to be in, where he basically needs 24-hour care, you'd think, Gosh, I won't be able to handle that. That's just not possible. But it does happen. Such things just happen in life. You just have to do your best to deal with it. You've got no choice but to accept it. And then, you sort of still look for the things to be grateful for. He is at home, taken care of, and he has people around that love him," said Wilson.
"For me and my brothers, there just wasn't a bigger influence on us. Maybe it sounds trite or something, but I really believe that his spirit gets carried on through me, the way I like to joke around," he added.