For the British musician, see Reg Owen.
For the bishop, see Reginald Owen (bishop).
For the architect, see Reginald Wynn Owen.
|Born||John Reginald Owen|
|Died||5 November 1972(1972-11-05) (aged 85)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
|Resting place||Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise|
(m. 1909; div. 1923)
(m. 1934; died 1956)
John Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was a British actor known for his many roles in British and American film along with television programs.
In 1911, he starred in the original production of Where the Rainbow Ends as Saint George which opened to very good reviews on 21 December 1911.
Reginald Owen had a few years earlier met the author Mrs. as a young actor, and it was he who on hearing her idea of a Rainbow Story persuaded her to turn it into a play, and thus Where the Rainbow Ends was born. Clifford Mills
He co-authored the play with Mills using the pseudonym John Ramsey.
He went to the United States in 1920 and worked originally on Broadway in New York City, and later moved to Hollywood, where he began a lengthy film career.
He was a familiar face in many Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions.
Owen is perhaps best known today for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 film version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a role he inherited from Lionel Barrymore, who had played the part of Scrooge on the radio every Christmas for years until Barrymore broke his hip in an accident.
Owen was one of only five actors to play both Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson (Jeremy Brett played Watson on stage in the United States prior to adopting the mantle of Holmes on British television, Carleton Hobbs played both roles in British radio adaptations while Patrick Macnee played both roles in US television films).
Having played Ebenezer Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Owen has the odd distinction of playing three classic characters of Victorian fiction only to live to see those characters be taken over and personified by other actors, namely Alastair Sim as Scrooge, Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson.
Later in his career, Owen appeared with James Garner in the television series Maverick in the episodes "The Belcastle Brand" (1957) and "Gun-Shy" (1958) and guest starred in episodes of the series One Step Beyond, Kentucky Jones, and Bewitched.
Owen died from a heart attack at age 85 in Boise, Idaho, and eventually was buried at the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.
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