Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson

Oct. 26th, 1956
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 7

Rita Wilson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Midnight Caller TV Show
Midnight Caller
My Big Fat Greek Life TV Show
My Big Fat Greek Life
Legmen TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2009 - It's Complicated
2009 - Old Dogs
2009 - My Life In Ruins
2006 - Beautiful Ohio
2005 - The Chumscrubber
2004 - Raise Your Voice
2002 - Auto Focus
2001 - The Glass House
1999 - Runaway Bride
1999 - The Story of Us
1998 - Psycho
1996 - Jingle All the Way
1996 - That Thing You Do!
1995 - Now and Then
1994 - Mixed Nuts
1993 - Sleepless in Seattle
1990 - The Bonfire of the Vanities
1989 - Teen Witch
1985 - Volunteers
1980 - Cheech & Chong's Next Movie
1966 - Spinout

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Viola Walsh
Evie Michaels
Hester Crane
Nurse Lacey
Jess Gilchrist
Mary Ellen Klane
Carla McCabe
[Complete List]


  • Half Greek (mother Dorothy, born and raised in a Greek village on the Albanian border) and Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim) from Bulgaria (father, born in Greece and lived in Bulgaria and Turkey, and who worked at a racetrack).
  • Stepmother of 'Colin Hanks' (qv) and 'Elizabeth Hanks' (qv).
  • Made her Broadway debut as a Roxie Hart replacement in "Chicago".
  • Attended Hollywood High School in California and later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England.
  • Her name Margarita is Bulgarian. In Bulgarian Margarita means the flower daisy.
  • Older sister, Lily (teacher); and her younger brother, 'Chris Wilson (IX)' (qv) is the composer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Her niece, 'Carly Reeves' (qv), appears on-screen with her in the movie _Raise Your Voice (2004)_ (qv) starring 'Hilary Duff' (qv).
  • She is widely credited with landing 'Nia Vardalos (I)' (qv) a movie deal for _My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)_ (qv) (now the top money making independent film of all time, surpassing the $200 million mark), after seeing Vardalos perform her autobiographical one-woman show. She got her husband ('Tom Hanks' (qv)) to set up the film at his company, Playtone, which shopped it around to financiers and distributors on the strength of the Hanks-Wilson seal of approval. (Side note: Rita and Tom had a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" of their own in 1988).

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