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Reginald Owen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was an English character actor. He was known for his many roles in British and American films and later in television programmes. 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. 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. 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. He went to the United States in 1920 and worked originally on Broadway in New York, but later moved to Hollywood, where he began a lengthy film career. He was always 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). 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. Owen first played Watson in the film Sherlock Holmes (1932), and then Holmes himself in A Study in Scarlet (1933). 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 opposite James Garner in the television series Maverick in the episodes "The Belcastle Brand" (1957) and "Gun-Shy" (1958) and also guest starred in episodes of the series One Step Beyond and Bewitched. He was featured in the Walt Disney films Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). He had a small role in the 1962 Irwin Allen production of the Jules Verne novel Five Weeks in a Balloon. In August 1964, his Bel-Air mansion was rented out to the Beatles, who were performing at the Hollywood Bowl, when no hotel would book them.

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Aug 5, 1887 In Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Phroso 1922-01-13
Latest Project:
Movie The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes 1985-01-01
Known For
Poster of Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Poster of The Three Musketeers
Poster of Mrs. Miniver
Poster of Phroso
Movie The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (archive footage) 1985-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks Gen. Teagler 1971-10-07
Series McCloud Unknown 1970-02-17
Movie Rosie! Patrick 1967-11-22
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie Mary Poppins Admiral Boom 1964-08-27
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Movie Tammy and the Doctor Jason Tripp 1963-05-29
Movie The Thrill of It All Old Tom Fraleigh 1963-07-17
Movie Five Weeks in a Balloon Consul 1962-01-01
Movie Moochie of Pop Warner Football Unknown 1960-11-20
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Movie Moochie of the Little League J. Cecil Bennett 1959-10-02
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Movie The Great Diamond Robbery Bainbridge Gibbons 1954-01-29
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Red Garters Judge Wallace Winthrop 1954-02-09
Movie Grounds for Marriage Dely Delacorte 1951-01-12
Movie The Miniver Story Mr. Foley 1950-10-26
Movie Kim Father Victor 1950-12-07
Movie The Secret Garden Ben Weatherstaff 1949-04-30
Movie Challenge to Lassie Sergeant Davie 1949-10-31
Movie The Pirate l'avocat 1948-06-11
Movie Julia Misbehaves Benny Hawkins 1948-08-08
Movie Hills of Home Hopps 1948-11-25
Movie The Three Musketeers Treville 1948-10-19
Movie Thunder in the Valley James Moore 1947-11-01
Movie Green Dolphin Street Captain O'Hara 1947-01-15
Movie If Winter Comes Mr. Fortune 1947-12-31
Movie The Diary of a Chambermaid Captain Lanlaire 1946-02-15
Movie Piccadilly Incident Judge 1946-08-24
Movie Cluny Brown Henry Carmel 1946-05-01
Movie Monsieur Beaucaire King Louis XV 1946-09-04
Movie The Imperfect Lady Mr. Hopkins 1946-11-29
Movie The Valley of Decision McCready 1945-05-03
Movie National Velvet Farmer Ede 1945-01-26
Movie Kitty Duke of Malmunster 1945-10-16
Movie Captain Kidd Cary Shadwell 1945-11-22
Movie The Sailor Takes a Wife Mr. Amboy 1945-12-28
Movie She Went to the Races Dr. Pembroke 1945-11-04
Movie The Canterville Ghost Lord Canterville 1944-07-20
Movie Assignment in Brittany Col. Trane 1943-03-11
Movie Forever and a Day Simpson 1943-01-21
Movie Three Hearts for Julia John Girard 1943-05-21
Movie Above Suspicion Dr. Mespelbrunn 1943-05-31
Movie Salute to the Marines Mr. Henry Casper 1943-09-02
Movie Madame Curie Dr. Becquerel 1943-12-16
Movie Mrs. Miniver Foley 1942-07-03
Movie We Were Dancing Maj. Tyler-Blane 1942-04-30
Movie Woman of the Year Clayton 1942-02-05
Movie I Married an Angel 'Whiskers' 1942-07-09
Movie Pierre of the Plains Noah Glenkins 1942-07-29
Movie Reunion in France Schultz 1942-12-25
Movie Random Harvest Biffer 1942-12-17
Movie White Cargo Skipper of the Congo Queen 1942-12-12
Movie Somewhere I'll Find You Willie Manning 1942-08-27
Movie Cairo Philo Cobson 1942-08-17
Movie A Woman's Face Bernard Dalvik 1941-05-09
Movie Free and Easy Sir George Kelvin 1941-02-28
Movie They Met in Bombay The General 1941-06-27
Movie Blonde Inspiration Reginald Mason 1941-02-07
Movie Charley's Aunt Mr. Redcliffe 1941-08-01
Movie Tarzan's Secret Treasure Professor Elliott 1941-12-01
Movie Lady Be Good Max Milton 1941-09-18
Movie The Earl of Chicago Gervase Gonwell 1940-01-05
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Hemingway 1940-03-08
Movie Florian Emperor Franz Josef 1940-06-05
Movie Hullabaloo 'Buzz' Foster 1940-10-25
Movie Hotel Imperial General Videnko 1939-05-11
Movie Fast and Loose Vincent Charlton 1939-02-17
Movie Bridal Suite Sir Horace Bragdon 1939-05-26
Movie Remember? Mr. Bronson 1939-12-19
Movie The Real Glory Capt. Steve Hartley 1939-09-29
Movie Bad Little Angel Edwards, Marvin's Valet 1939-10-27
Movie Paradise for Three Johann Kesselhut 1938-06-04
Movie Three Loves Has Nancy William, the Butler 1938-09-02
Movie Everybody Sing Hillary Bellaire 1938-01-01
Movie Kidnapped Capt. Hoseason 1938-05-27
Movie Vacation from Love John Hodge Lawson 1938-09-29
Movie A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge 1938-12-16
Movie The Girl Downstairs Charlie Grump 1938-12-23
Movie Dangerous Number William 1937-01-22
Movie Personal Property Claude Dabney 1937-03-19
Movie Madame X Maurice Dourel 1937-10-01
Movie Conquest Tallyrand 1937-10-22
Movie Rosalie Chancellor 1937-12-24
Movie The Bride Wore Red Admiral Monti 1937-10-08
Movie The Great Ziegfeld Sampston 1936-04-08
Movie Petticoat Fever Sir James Felton 1936-03-20
Movie Rose Marie Myerson 1936-01-31
Movie Trouble for Two President of Club 1936-05-29
Movie Love on the Run Baron Otto Spandermann 1936-11-20
Movie Yours for the Asking Dictionary McKinney 1936-07-23
Movie Adventure in Manhattan Blackton Gregory 1936-10-08
Movie The Girl on the Front Page Archie Biddle 1936-09-26
Movie The Good Fairy Detlaff 1935-02-18
Movie Escapade Paul 1935-07-05
Movie Enchanted April Henry Arbuthnot 1935-02-01
Movie A Tale of Two Cities Stryver 1935-12-25
Movie Call of the Wild Mr. Smith 1935-08-09
Movie The Bishop Misbehaves Guy Waller 1935-09-13
Movie Anna Karenina Stiva 1935-08-30
Movie The Countess of Monte Cristo The Baron 1934-03-18
Movie The House of Rothschild Herries 1934-04-07
Movie Fashions of 1934 Oscar Baroque 1934-02-14
Movie Queen Christina Charles 1934-02-09
Movie Where Sinners Meet Leonard 1934-05-17
Movie Mandalay Police Commissioner Col. Thomas Dawson 1934-02-10
Movie Nana Bordenave 1934-02-01
Movie Here Is My Heart Prince Vladimir / Vova 1934-12-28
Movie Stingaree The Governor-General 1934-05-24
Movie Music in the Air Ernst Weber 1934-12-13
Movie Madame Du Barry King Louis XV 1934-10-13
Movie Of Human Bondage Thorpe Athelny 1934-07-20
Movie The Human Side James Dalton 1934-09-01
Movie The Narrow Corner Mr. Frith 1933-07-08
Movie Double Harness Freeman 1933-07-21
Movie A Study in Scarlet Sherlock Holmes 1933-05-14
Movie The Big Brain Lord Darlington 1933-08-04
Movie Voltaire King Louis XV 1933-08-05
Movie A Woman Commands The Prime Minister 1932-02-12
Movie Lovers Courageous Lord Jimmy 1932-01-23
Movie The Man Called Back Dr. Herbert Atkins 1932-07-16
Movie Downstairs Baron 'Nicky' von Burgen 1932-08-06
Movie Robbers' Roost Cecil Herrick 1932-12-30
Movie Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson 1932-11-05
Movie The Man in Possession Claude Dabney 1931-07-04
Movie Platinum Blonde Dexter Grayson 1931-10-31
Movie The Letter Robert Crosbie 1929-03-17
Movie Phroso Lord Wheatley 1922-01-13