Tudor Owen (actor)

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Tudor Owen
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Owen in screenshot from Perils of the Jungle
Roy Tudor Owen

(1898-01-20)20 January 1898
Died13 March 1979(1979-03-13) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1926–1965
Gladys Virginia Bennett Paterno
(m. 1953;died 1979)

Roy Tudor Owen (20 January 1898 – 13 March 1979), known professionally as just Tudor Owen, was a Welsh character actor. Owen was most famous for voicing the role of Towser in the 1961 Disney movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians .

Welsh people nation and ethnic group native to Wales

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<i>One Hundred and One Dalmatians</i> 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often abbreviated as 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. The 17th Disney animated feature film, the film tells the story of a litter of Dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil, who wants to use their fur to make into coats. Their parents, Pongo and Perdita, set out to save their children from Cruella, all the while rescuing 84 additional puppies that were bought in pet shops, bringing the total of Dalmatians to 101.


Early life and career

Owen was born on 20 January 1898 in the Welsh town of Penarth, Glamorgan.

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Penarth town in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales

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Glamorgan one of the thirteen historic counties and a former administrative county of Wales

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After serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War I he went to RADA in London.

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He began his career in the 1926 silent film Bride of the Storm as Funeral Harry. [1] His next film role was 22 years later in the 1948 film Up in Central Park . [2]

Silent film film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

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Bride of the Storm (1926) is a silent historical adventure made at Warner Brothers, directed by J. Stuart Blackton, and starring Tyrone Power, Sr. and Dolores Costello. Sheldon Lewis plays Tyrone Power's son in this picture even though in real life, Lewis was a year older than Power.

<i>Up in Central Park</i> (film) 1948 film by William A. Seiter

Up in Central Park is a 1948 American musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna Durbin, Dick Haymes and Vincent Price. Based on the play Up in Central Park by Herbert Fields with a screenplay by Karl Tunberg, the film is about a newspaper reporter and the daughter of an immigrant maintenance man who help expose political corruption in New York City in the 1870s.

Owen also became involved in the radio industry during the 1940s and 1950s, teaming up with producer and director Jack Webb in several radio programs. The first of those programs was the radio drama Pat Novak, for Hire . He played the role of Novak's drunk ex-doctor friend "Jocko" Madigan. [3] He played this role from 1946–1949. [4] He again co-starred with Webb in the radio series Johnny Modero, Pier 23 in 1947. Owen would co-star in a radio series with Webb just one more time. That last time was on the radio version of the Pete Kelly franchise. He played the role of Barney Rickett for the series' summer run in 1951. [5] In 1951, he played the title character's editor in Alias Jane Doe . [3] :21 His last radio appearance was in 1953, leaving behind such radio credits as University Theatre, Escape , Suspense , Family Theater , Lux Radio Theatre , Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar , Crime Classics and The Lone Ranger . Owen also played 'Dusty' in the 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger titled 'Greed for Gold'.

Jack Webb American actor, producer, director, author

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Radio drama dramatized, purely acoustic performance

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Pat Novak, for Hire is an old-time radio detective drama series which aired from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional program and in 1949 as a nationwide program for ABC. The regional version originally starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by his roommate Richard L. Breen. When Webb and Breen moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to work on an extremely similar nationwide series, Johnny Madero, Pier 23, for the Mutual network, Webb was replaced by Ben Morris and Breen by other writers. In the later network version, Jack Webb resumed the Novak role, and Breen his duties as scriptwriter. The series is popular among fans for its fast-paced, hard-boiled dialogue and action and witty one-liners.

Shortly after Owen's last appearance in radio, he made his first appearance in television on the TV series The Unexpected in 1953.

The Unexpected, aka Time Square Playhouse is a 30-minute US television anthology series produced by Ziv Television Programs, Inc. for first-run syndication. Thirty-nine episodes aired from March 10, 1952 to December 10, 1952.

As his presence became wanted more and more in the television field, his presence became less wanted in the film industry. Although he did find success in film it was not as much success as in previous years. His most successful film during this time was in the 1961 Disney animated cartoon One Hundred and One Dalmatians where Owen voiced the role of Towser. Some of his other film credits include Montana , The Black Castle , Back to God's Country , Perils of the Jungle , Brigadoon , The Oklahoma Woman , Congo Crossing and Jack the Giant Killer . [6]

Owen's television career expanded during the 1950s and 1960s which included recurring roles in Perry Mason and a starring role in a television series. From 1954–55, Owen co-starred alongside actors Thomas Mitchell and Kathleen Freeman in the sitcom Mayor of the Town . He played the role of Joe Ainsley in the series. [7] He retired from show business after a 1965 guest appearance on the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea .


Owen died on 13 March 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 81. He is entombed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Selected filmography

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