12:25 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 02/24/2012 06:30PM
Fans recognize Patrick Wilson from his CBS drama A Gifted Man, but his friends know him as a die-hard Van Halen fan – with a family cover band to boot.
"You're defined by your older brothers or sisters' music," explains the actor, 38, who was turned on to the band decades ago by his elder brothers Paul and Mark. "It's always been this hilarious passion."
Driven by their love of music and all things Van Halen (Wilson says that his surgical hat in A Gifted Man is made from a Van Halen t-shirt!), the brothers formed their own cover band – dubbed, appropriately, Van Wilson – a few years ago, and play gigs whenever they can.
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