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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 3, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: West Midlands, England, GB Profession: actor, housecleaner

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After a decade of steady work on British television, actor Clive Owen broke out internationally with American art house success of the taut crime-thriller "Croupier" (2000). With his rugged good looks and low key charm, comparisons to the great Sean Connery seemed inevitable as he delivered a series of strong performances in such films as "Gosford Park" (2001) and "The Bourne Identity" (2002). Nearly unanimous praise was heaped on the actor for his wicked performance in Mike Nichols' brutal relationship drama, "Closer" (2005) - in a role he had originated on the stages of London - followed by a stylistic about-face as part of Robert Rodriguez's hyper-stylized neo-noir "Sin City" (2005), adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novel. His work in the intelligent, affecting and ultimately terrifying look into the near-future "Children of Men" (2006) secured Owen's status as one of Hollywood's top talents. He showed exceptional comic timing opposite Julia Roberts in the sexy satire "Duplicity" (2009) in addition to a willingness to tackle historical icons in acclaimed work like "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO, 2012). While harkening back to the leading men of film's golden era, Owen also brought to the table an...

After a decade of steady work on British television, actor Clive Owen broke out internationally with American art house success of the taut crime-thriller "Croupier" (2000). With his rugged good looks and low key charm, comparisons to the great Sean Connery seemed inevitable as he delivered a series of strong performances in such films as "Gosford Park" (2001) and "The Bourne Identity" (2002). Nearly unanimous praise was heaped on the actor for his wicked performance in Mike Nichols' brutal relationship drama, "Closer" (2005) - in a role he had originated on the stages of London - followed by a stylistic about-face as part of Robert Rodriguez's hyper-stylized neo-noir "Sin City" (2005), adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novel. His work in the intelligent, affecting and ultimately terrifying look into the near-future "Children of Men" (2006) secured Owen's status as one of Hollywood's top talents. He showed exceptional comic timing opposite Julia Roberts in the sexy satire "Duplicity" (2009) in addition to a willingness to tackle historical icons in acclaimed work like "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO, 2012). While harkening back to the leading men of film's golden era, Owen also brought to the table an unmistakably 21st-Century artistic sensibility, making him both an actor's actor and bona fide movie star.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Maggie's Plan (2015)
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 Blood Ties (2014)
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5.
 Survivor (2013)
6.
 Shadow Dancer (2012)
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 Trust (2010)
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Became a member of the Young Vic, performing in several plays, such as "Romeo and Juliet"
1988:
Feature film debut, "Vroom"
1989:
Made American TV debut in "Precious Bane," a two-part segment of the PBS series "Mystery!"
1990:
Played the series lead in "Chancer"
1991:
Won praise for his performance as an incestuous brother in Steven Poliakoff's "Close My Eyes"
1993:
Directed by Poliakoff in "Century"
1996:
First major Hollywood film, "The Rich Man's Wife"
1996:
Starred on the ITV series "Sharman"
1997:
Played the leading role in the film adaptation of Martin Sherman's "Bent"
1999:
Received international acclaim for his role in Mike Hodges' "Croupier"
1999:
Appeared on the BBC series "Second Sight" as Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (aired on PBS in the US)
2000:
Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Greenfingers"
2001:
Appeared in a series of advertisements for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com
2001:
Played a valet in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park"; second collaboration with Helen Mirren
2002:
Played a villain opposite Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity"
2004:
Re-teamed with Hodges for "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
2004:
Played the title role in Antoine Fuqua's version of "King Arthur"
2004:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and Jude Law in "Closer"; directed by Mike Nichols and based on the play by Patrick Marber; earned first Academy Award nomination
2005:
Cast as Dwight in the adaptation of comic book icon Frank Miller's uber-noir series, "Sin City"; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2005:
Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the thriller "Derailed"
2006:
Played a mysterious bank robber in Spike Lee's "Inside Man"
2006:
Starred in Alfonso Cuaron's highly acclaimed "Children of Men"; worked on the screenplay, although he was uncredited
2007:
Starred alongside Paul Giamatti in the film "Shoot 'Em Up"
2007:
Appeared as Sir Walter Raleigh opposite Cate Blanchett in the film "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
2009:
Teamed with Naomi Watts and director Tom Tykwer for "The International"
2009:
Re-teamed with Julia Roberts to play corporate spies in "Duplicity"
2009:
Played a grieving single parent trying to raise his equally grieving son in "The Boys are Back"
2011:
Played the father of a young girl targeted by an online sexual predator in "Trust"
2011:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Jason Statham in the action feature "Killer Elite"
2012:
Starred in the horror thriller "Intruders"
2012:
Portrayed Ernest Hemingway opposite Nicole Kidman in HBO romantic drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1984 - 1987

Notes

On his role in "The Rich Man's Wife", Owen was quoted: "It was an amazing experience. I was there for three months and was given the complete Hollywood treatment. It was a real treat to go to the States and work in L.A., but Hollywood's a crazy place. I wouldn't like to live there but equally I wouldn't have missed the opportunity for anything."

"Parenthood and family come first for me... when I'm not working I'm cool with the 'Teletubbies.'"---Owen to Biography, Summer 2004.

"When I got into drama school," he says. "I really felt like someone plucked me out of the life I was in and put me on the path to somewhere else."---Owen to GQ, March 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sarah-Jane Fenton. Paternal; hauled borax out of Death Valley, earned enough to buy timberland and establish a sawmill in 1873 on Peckinpah Mountain in Sierra Nevada; sold sawmill and bought general store and way station.
wife:
Sarah-Jane Fenton. Actor. Met when they appeared together as "Romeo and Juliet"; married 1995.

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daughter:
Hannah Owen. Born in 1997.
daughter:
Hannah Owen. Had one; survived him.
daughter:
Eve Owen. Born in September 1999.
daughter:
Eve Owen. Has eight younger.
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