- Attended college on a basketball scholarship.
- Appeared on the cover of Life magazine on May 12, 1967, with his In Cold Blood costar Robert Blake and the book's author, Truman Capote.
- Was offered the opportunity to join the TV series The Walking Dead, which shoots in Senoia, GA, when he was visiting Atlanta in 2011 for his mother's 97th birthday.
- Played Polish saint Brother Albert in Our God's Brother, a film adapted from a drama written by Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II and granted Wilson a private audience.
- Received the Exemplary Achievement Award from the Floating Film Festival in 2006.
- Received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2007.