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Bill Owen (I) (1914–1999)

This English actor was born of humble, working class beginnings and became well-known for playing the same kind of blokes on both film and TV. Born William Rowbotham, he was the son of a tram driver and laundress. He knew early on that entertaining was the life for him. He worked in odd jobs as a printer's apprentice and band vocalist to make do ... See full bio »

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Last of the Summer Wine
Georgy Girl
O Lucky Man!
O Lucky Man! Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
Carry On Sergeant
Carry On Sergeant Corporal Bill Copping


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 1993 Performance (TV Series)
Billy Rice
 1990 The Handmaid's Tale
T.V. Announcer #2
 1984 Singleton's Pluck
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Moles (1982) ... Meakins
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
- Et in Arcadia Ego (1981) ... Lunt
 1979 Sally Ann (TV Series)
Brigadier Wells
- Put Out to Grass (1979) ... Brigadier Wells
 1978 The Comeback
Mr B
 1977 CBS Children's Film Festival (TV Series)
- Mischief (1977) ... Quarryman
 1976 La flûte à six schtroumpfs (1979 UK version, voice)
 1975 Angels (TV Series)
Harry Jamieson
- On the Mat (1975) ... Harry Jamieson
 1975 In Celebration
Mr. Shaw
 1973 Away from It All (TV Series)
- This Quiet Half Hour (1973) ... Robert
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
 1972 Kadoyng
Jack Flitton
 1972 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Time Passing (1972) ... William
 1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Milner
- Seventeen Percent Said Push Off (1972) ... Mr. Milner
 1972 The Challengers (TV Series)
Sir Joseph / Sir Joseph Conran
- History Does Not Pay the Rent ... Sir Joseph Conran
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Joe Burns
- The Colonel (1971) ... Joe Burns
 1971 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Charlie Dickinson
- Episode #1.1086 (1971) ... Charlie Dickinson
 1971 Catweazle (TV Series)
- Duck Halt (1971) ... Pickle
 1970 Unfair! (Short)
 1969 Mischief
 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Hanley
- An Hour of Love: The Bind (1969) ... Mr. Hanley
 1969 Scene (TV Series documentary)
- Terry (1969) ... Dad
 1968 Treasure Island (TV Series)
Billy Bones
- Episode dated 10 November 1968 (1968) ... Billy Bones
 1968 Headline Hunters
 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Lord Gormond
- The Bridge (1967) ... Lord Gormond
 1967 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
- Bug (1967) ... R.J.Smellies
 1967 Conflict (TV Series)
Michael Williams
- Henry V (1967) ... Michael Williams
 1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Jay
- R.S.V.P. (1967) ... Henry Jay
 1966 The Fighting Prince of Donegal
Officer Powell
 1966 Georgy Girl
 1964 The Masque of the Red Death
Male Dancer (uncredited)
 1964 Kiss Me Kate (TV Movie)
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
- Three Piece Suite (1964) ... Bill
 1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- The Last Word on Julie (1964) ... Ray
 1964 House of Glass (TV Movie)
Private Wilky
 1963 Carry on Cabby
Smiley Sims
 1956-1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Charlie Denchfield
- Birds in the Wilderness (1962) ... Charlie Denchfield
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Mr. Chapman
- Episode #4.6 (1962) ... Mr. Chapman
 1961 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Race Horse (1961)
 1961 Operation Snafu
Corporal Gittens
 1961 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
- Seagulls Over Sorrento (1961) ... Sparks
 1961 Carry on Regardless
Mike Weston
 1961 A Life of Bliss (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1961) ... Oily
 1957-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
George Scott / Joe Harris
- Hi Diddle Diddle (1961) ... George Scott
- Saloon Bar (1957) ... Joe Harris
 1961 The Hellfire Club
 1960 Man from Interpol (TV Series)
Tim Stout
- The Odds on Murder (1960) ... Tim Stout
 1960 The Shakedown
 1959 Never Die (TV Movie)
Nobby Clark
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- Dark as the Night (1959) ... Peters
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Percy 'Perc' Hickson
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Freddie Haldane
- A Mined Area (1959) ... Freddie Haldane
 1958 Carry On Sergeant
Corporal Bill Copping
 1958 Carve Her Name with Pride
N.C.O. Instructor
 1958 Davy
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
- The Assassin (1957) ... Otello
 1956 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Clip West
- Marooned (1956) ... Clip West
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
- The Hero (1956) ... Mark
 1955 Rum Punch (TV Movie)
 1955 PT Raiders
Birdie Dick
 1954 Thought to Kill
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
 1953 A Day to Remember
Shorty Sharpe
 1953 The Square Ring
Happy Burns
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur Preece
- The Parlour Trick (1953) ... Arthur Preece
 1951 Hotel Sahara
Private Binns
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Mr. Burton (uncredited)
 1949 Diamond City
 1949 The Gay Lady
Joe Jugg
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
Lag Gibbon
 1948 The Weaker Sex
Soldier with Chicken
 1948 My Brother's Keeper
Syd Evans
 1948 Trouble in the Air
1st Spiv (guest artiste)
 1948 Daybreak
 1948 The Players' Theatre Revue (TV Movie) (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1948 Easy Money
Lee (segment The Night Club Story)
 1947 When the Bough Breaks
Bill Collins
 1947 Holiday Camp
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1947 Dancing with Crime
Dave Robinson (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 Secret Flight
Paratroop Sergeant (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 The Middle Watch (TV Movie)
Corporal Duckett (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 The Thracian Horses (TV Movie)
The scavenger (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1945 A City Reborn (Short)
Will (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1945 Vacation from Marriage (uncredited)
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
'Nobby' Clarke (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1941 Tank Patrol (Short)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (16 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (11 credits)

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He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Henrik Ibsen's plays, "Hedda Gabler," and "Whale;" David Lan and Joshua Sobol's play, "Ghetto;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet;" Moliere's play, "The Misanthrope;" David Storey's... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bill Owen M.B.E. | Bill Rowbotham | William Rowbotham


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