|Date of Birth||14 March 1914 , Acton, Middlesex, England, UK|
|Date of Death||12 July 1999 , Highgate, London, England, UK (pancreatic cancer)|
|Birth Name||William John Owen Rowbotham|
|Height||5' 4" (1.63 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
TV stardom and a sense of renewed career came late after copping the role of "Compo" in the BBC's Last of the Summer Wine (1973) series in 1973, his scruffy, mischievous charm endearing audiences for decades. He was awarded the MBE in 1976 for his steadfast work for the National Association of Boys Clubs and for his role as chairman of the Performing Arts Advising Panel. He was also awarded an honorary degree by Bradford University in 1998. For the rest of his life, Bill would be identified with the lovable scamp "Compo", complete with woolly hat and threadbare jacket.
Most fittingly, when he died of pancreatic cancer in 1999, he asked to be buried in the Yorkshire village of Holmfirth, where the TV series was filmed and the townspeople had taken him close to their hearts. Married twice, his actor/son Tom Owen joined the "Last of the Summer Wine" series in 2000.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / email@example.com
|Kathleen O'Donoghue||(1977 - 12 July 1999) (his death)|
|Edith Stevenson||(1946 - 1964) (divorced) (2 children)|