Reginald Owen

Reginald Owen

  • Born on
    • August 5th, 1887
  • Died on
    • November 5th, 1972
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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Acting (66 Credits)

1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1971Bedknobs and Broomsticks as Gen. Teagler
1964Mary Poppins as Admiral Boom
1963The Thrill of It All as Old Tom Fraleigh
1963Tammy and the Doctor as Jason Tripp
1962Five Weeks in a Balloon as Consul
1950The Miniver Story as Mr. Foley
1950Kim as Father Victor
1949Challenge to Lassie as Sergeant Davie
1949The Secret Garden as Ben Weatherstaff
1948The Pirate as The Advocate
1948Hills of Home as Hopps
1948Julia Misbehaves as Benny Hawkins
1948The Three Musketeers as Treville
1947Green Dolphin Street as Captain O'Hara
1947If Winter Comes as Mr. Fortune
1946Cluny Brown as Henry Carmel
1946Monsieur Beaucaire as King Louis XV
1946The Diary of a Chambermaid as Captain Lanlaire
1945Kitty as Duke of Malmunster
1945Captain Kidd as Cary Shadwell
1945The Valley of Decision as McCready
1944The Canterville Ghost as Lord Canterville
1944National Velvet as Farmer Ede
1943Above Suspicion as Dr. Mespelbrunn
1943Madame Curie as Dr. Becquerel
1943Forever and a Day as Simpson
1942Woman of the Year as Clayton
1942Reunion in France as Schultz
1942Somewhere I'll Find You as Willie Manning
1942White Cargo as Skipper of the Congo Queen
1942Mrs. Miniver as Foley
1942Random Harvest as Biffer
1942I Married an Angel as 'Whiskers'
1941Tarzan's Secret Treasure as Professor Elliott
1941They Met in Bombay as The General
1941A Woman's Face as Bernard Dalvik
1941Charley's Aunt as Mr. Redcliffe
1941Lady Be Good as Max Milton
1939Fast and Loose as Vincent Charlton
1939The Real Glory as Capt. Steve Hartley
1939Remember? as Mr. Bronson
1938A Christmas Carol as Ebenezer Scrooge
1938Everybody Sing as Hillary Bellaire
1937Conquest as Tallyrand
1937Personal Property as Claude Dabney
1937The Bride Wore Red as Admiral Monti
1936Rose-Marie as Myerson
1936Adventure in Manhattan as Blackton Gregory
1936Love on the Run as Baron Otto Spandermann
1936The Great Ziegfeld as Sampston
1935A Tale of Two Cities as Stryver
1935The Good Fairy as Detlaff
1935Call of the Wild as Mr. Smith
1935Anna Karenina as Stiva
1934Fashions of 1934 as Oscar Baroque
1934Music in the Air as Ernst Weber
1934Of Human Bondage as Thorpe Athelny
1934Mandalay as Police Commissioner Col. Thomas Dawson
1934The House of Rothschild as Herries
1933A Study in Scarlet as Sherlock Holmes
1933Queen Christina as Charles
1933Double Harness as Freeman
1932Downstairs as Baron 'Nicky' von Burgen
1931Platinum Blonde as Dexter Grayson
1929The Letter as Robert Crosbie


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