Owen Wilson has revealed that his father, Bob Wilson, is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
The Dallas-born actor, 46 spoke publicly about his 74-year-old father’s illness for the first time to the Dallas Morning News, admitting that it’s been tough on the whole family.
“It’s been a rough thing,” said the No Escape actor. “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.’ ”
He added: “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.”
Wilson, a father of two, says his father, a successful TV executive, is still the one person he and his brothers Luke, 43 and Andrew, 51, both actors, turn to for advice and comfort.
“For me and my brothers, there just wasn’t a bigger influence on us.”