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 Bill Owen

Bill Owen

Original Name William Rowbotham
Birth
Acton, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
Death 12 Jul 1999 (aged 85)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Upperthong, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Memorial ID 19285 · View Source
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Actor. Born in London, England, he was a cockney drama performer and songwriter, best-loved for his role as the mischievous Compo, in BBC’s TV series “One's Last of the Summer Wine”. He was a professional entertainer for 63 year’s and spent 26 of those years as the little man in a woolly hat. He also appeared in 46 feature films, such as “When the Bough Breaks”, “Once a Jolly Swagman”, “Georgy Girl”, “Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man” and many of the early “Carry Ons” films. As a songwriter in partnership with Mike Sammes, he wrote the lyrics for dozens of pop songs for the artist Engelbert Humperdinck, Harry Secombe, Sacha Distel Pat Boone and Sir Cliff Richard's 1960s hit, “Marianne”. He died at age 85 in Highgate, England.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


Inscription

Small stone
"BILL OWEN MBE
Love and Miss You
TOM, MARY
JAMES and WILLIAM"

On top step behind Wellies
"Thank you for your tributes to BILL OWEN"

Large black marker
"Here Lies
Wm. J. Owen Rowbotham
Actor Playwright
R.I.P.
Dedicated by his wife
Katie"
"n.m.n."


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 2 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19285
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bill Owen (14 Mar 1914–12 Jul 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19285, citing St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Upperthong, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .