Reginald Owen

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For the British musician, see Reg Owen. Reginald Owen_sentence_0

For the bishop, see Reginald Owen (bishop). Reginald Owen_sentence_1

For the architect, see Reginald Wynn Owen. Reginald Owen_sentence_2

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BornReginald Owen_header_cell_0_1_0 John Reginald Owen

(1887-08-05)5 August 1887 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandReginald Owen_cell_0_1_1

DiedReginald Owen_header_cell_0_2_0 5 November 1972(1972-11-05) (aged 85)

Boise, Idaho, U.S.Reginald Owen_cell_0_2_1

Resting placeReginald Owen_header_cell_0_3_0 Morris Hill Cemetery, BoiseReginald Owen_cell_0_3_1
OccupationReginald Owen_header_cell_0_4_0 ActorReginald Owen_cell_0_4_1
Years activeReginald Owen_header_cell_0_5_0 1911–1972Reginald Owen_cell_0_5_1
Spouse(s)Reginald Owen_header_cell_0_6_0 Lydia Bilbrook

​ ​(m. 1909; div. 1923)​

Billie Austin

​ ​(m. 1934; died 1956)​

Barbara Haveman

​ ​(m. 1956)​Reginald Owen_cell_0_6_1

ChildrenReginald Owen_header_cell_0_7_0 2Reginald Owen_cell_0_7_1

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. Reginald Owen_sentence_3

Career Reginald Owen_section_0

The son of Joseph and Frances Owen, Reginald Owen studied at Sir Herbert Tree's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his professional debut in 1905. Reginald Owen_sentence_4

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_sentence_5

Reginald Owen had a few years earlier met the author Mrs. Reginald Owen_sentence_6 Clifford Mills 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. Reginald Owen_sentence_7

He co-authored the play with Mills using the pseudonym John Ramsey. Reginald Owen_sentence_8

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. Reginald Owen_sentence_9

He was a familiar face in many Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions. Reginald Owen_sentence_10

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. Reginald Owen_sentence_11

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). Reginald Owen_sentence_12

Howard Marion-Crawford played Holmes in a radio adaptation of "The Speckled Band" and later played Watson to Ronald Howard’s Holmes in the 1954-55 television series. Reginald Owen_sentence_13

Owen first played Watson in the film Sherlock Holmes (1932), and then Holmes in A Study in Scarlet (1933). Reginald Owen_sentence_14

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. Reginald Owen_sentence_15

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. Reginald Owen_sentence_16

He was featured in the Walt Disney films Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Reginald Owen_sentence_17

He had a small role in the 1962 Irwin Allen production of the Jules Verne novel Five Weeks in a Balloon. Reginald Owen_sentence_18

In August 1964, his mansion in Bel Air was rented to the Beatles, who were performing at the Hollywood Bowl, when no hotel would book them. Reginald Owen_sentence_19

Death Reginald Owen_section_1

Owen died from a heart attack at age 85 in Boise, Idaho, and eventually was buried at the Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise. Reginald Owen_sentence_20

Filmography Reginald Owen_section_2

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Owen.