In the 1950s, and later, he directed a number of plays. He also had a cameo appearance in Brideshead Revisted as Lunt, Charles Ryder’s   scout during his days Oxford University. William John Owen Rowbotham (Bill Owen), actor, director and writer, born March 14, … Owen also branded Peter Sallis (Cleggy) a "rude old devil" at times. Connect any celebrity with Bill Owen to see how closely they are linked... romantically! Owen's char­ac­ter is a scruffy work­ing-class pen­sioner, often ex­ploited by the bossy char­ac­ters played by Michael Bates, Brian Wilde, Michael Aldridge and Frank Thorn­ton for dirty jobs, stunts and es­capades, while their in­domitably docile friend Nor­man Clegg, played by Peter Sal­lis, fol­low… He was also awarded an honorary degree by Bradford University in 1998. Kathleen, aged 69 years, of Grindleton.

… He was George in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, finding inspiration for the necessary domestic venom just before opening night after a row with his wife. Edith Stevenson (1946–64) (divorced) Kathleen O'Donoghue (1977–99) (his death) Children: 2, including the actor Tom Owen. He was awarded the MBE He died in July 1999, his last appearance on-screen being shown in April 2000. He also featured in several Lindsay Anderson films including O Lucky Man! Born in Lon­don, Owen made his first film ap­pear­ance in 1944, but did not achieve last­ing fame until 1973, when he took the star­ring role of William "Compo" Sim­monite in the long-run­ning British sit­com Last of the Sum­mer Wine.
Kathleen O'Donoghue (1977–99) (his death) Children: 2, including the actor Tom Owen. It was a copy of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, that classic story of capitalist chicanery and abuse of the working class, given him on his 14th birthday by his father, that first articulated Owen's radical leanings. He also had a cameo appearance in Brideshead Revisited as Lunt, Charles Ryder's scout during his days at the University of Oxford. After going back to Unity, he took over from Alfie Bass as Gunner Cohen in Mr Balfry. playing George Chambers, Thelma’s Father. About British Actor Bill Owen was born William John Owen Rowbotham on 14th March, 1914 in Acton, Middlesex, England, UK and passed away on 12th Jul 1999 Highgate, London, England, UK aged 85. Owen also recorded a novelty song with Kathy Staff in 1983 called "Nora Batty's Stockings". [3] The threesome of Compo, Clegg and Foggy (this third character was initially Blamire, played by Michael Bates, and when Brian Wilde's Foggy took a hiatus, replaced by Michael Aldridge's, Seymour Utterthwaite) remains the most popular group of three the show ever produced.

This mind-set stood him in good stead in playing the foul-mouthed, dirty, smelly and nihilistic Compo - once, with his woolly hat, dirty wellies and holed trousers tied up with string, voted the scruffiest character on television. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date?

It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. He also featured in several Lindsay Anderson films including O Lucky Man! However it would be as Compo Simmonite in the long running sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine for which he would be best remembered.

Compo had to reply to old ladies who fancied him, and to open fetes. At this time he also collaborated with songwriter Tony Russell on the musical The Matchgirls about the London matchgirls strike of 1888. His co-star Peter Sallis was buried next to him after his death aged 96 in June 2017.[7]. and more from, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. The series ran for more than two decades, and the real Bill Owen virtually disappeared.

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