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Bill Owen
Original name: William Rowbotham
Birth: Mar. 14, 1914
Death: Jul. 12, 1999

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
St John the Evangelist Churchyard
Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees
West Yorkshire, England
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 02, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 19285
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 Added: Mar. 24, 2015
Happy Birthday........................
- a sincere fan
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
Oh, Compo,What an entertaining character you were. I really miss you.
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
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