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Jim Bowen (I) (1937–2018)

Jim Bowen is an English actor, stand-up comedian and TV personality. He is best known as the long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye, which he hosted from its beginning in September 1981 until the end of its 14th series in July 1995. Bowen has also appeared in TV dramas and comedies. He played a crooked accountant in ITV's 1982 drama Muck and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Bullseye Self - Presenter
Jonathan Creek Duggie Dawson
Muck and Brass Charles Sprowle / Charles Sprowl
The Afternoon Play MC Norman


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 2004 The Afternoon Play (TV Series)
MC Norman
- Viva Las Blackpool (2004) ... MC Norman
 2002 Phoenix Nights (TV Series)
Frank 'Hoss' Cartwright
- Brian Gets Everyone Back Together (2002) ... Frank 'Hoss' Cartwright
 1999 Jonathan Creek (TV Series)
Duggie Dawson
- Ghost's Forge (1999) ... Duggie Dawson
 1996 Philip's Flashing Finger (Short)
Stan Truman
 1988-1992 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
the Library Attendant / Man in street
- Happy Birthday, Howard (1992) ... the Library Attendant
- Ordeal by Trousers (1992) ... the Library Attendant
- Crums (1988) ... Man in street
 1988 Saturday Night Out (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1988)
 1988 News at Twelve (TV Series)
Henry Owen
- Episode #1.5 (1988) ... Henry Owen
 1987 Cue Gary (TV Series)
 1986 Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On (TV Movie)
Game show host
 1982 Foxy Lady (TV Series)
Orlando Cheetham
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Orlando Cheetham
 1982 Muck and Brass (TV Mini Series)
Charles Sprowle / Charles Sprowl
- Watered Stock (1982) ... Charles Sprowle
- World of Sport (1982) ... Charles Sprowl
- Open Government (1982) ... Charles Sprowle
 1982 The Jim Davidson Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.3 (1982)
 1981 Screenplay (TV Series)
- Happy Since I Met You (1981) ... Dad
 1974-1976 You Must Be Joking! (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1976) ... Various
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Various
- Pilot (1974) ... Various
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J. Bowen


5' 9½" (1.77 m)


Phyllis Owen  (his death)  (2 children)

Did You Know?


He was born Peter Williams, but he was adopted soon after he was born. His adoptive parents named him James Whittaker. He chose his stage surname as a composite, made up of the B from Brown, his mother's maiden name, followed by his wife's maiden name, Owen. See more »


His catchphrases: "Super, Smashing, Great", "You can't beat a bit of Bully!", "Let's look at what you could have won" and "Keep out of the black and in to the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed"

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