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)
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer 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."