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

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and illicit acts by a sadistic criminal, and must turn the tables to save their families.After the blackmail thriller came and went without much notice, Owen starred in Spike Lee's impressive genre piece, "Inside Man" (2006), playing a brilliant and cool-headed thief who remains one step ahead of a smooth-talking hostage negotiator (Denzel Washington) in an effort to pull off the perfect heist. Owen rounded out the year on a high note, starring in Alfonso Cuarón's multi-award nominated "Children of Men" (2006), a futuristic dystopian tale about a former political activist (Owen) turned down-and-out bureaucrat who is convinced by a former lover (Julianne Moore) to help transport a young woman pregnant (Clare-Hope Ashitey) with the infertile world's only child to the fabled Human Project in order to save the future. He was next cast as Sir Walter Raleigh in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007), Shekhar Kapur's follow up to "Elizabeth" (1998) in which the Virgin Queen (Cate Blanchett) becomes involved in a relationship with the famed poet and explorer during one of the British Empire's many entanglements with Spain.Proving himself comfortable in virtually any and all imaginable genres, Owen starred...

and illicit acts by a sadistic criminal, and must turn the tables to save their families.

After the blackmail thriller came and went without much notice, Owen starred in Spike Lee's impressive genre piece, "Inside Man" (2006), playing a brilliant and cool-headed thief who remains one step ahead of a smooth-talking hostage negotiator (Denzel Washington) in an effort to pull off the perfect heist. Owen rounded out the year on a high note, starring in Alfonso Cuarón's multi-award nominated "Children of Men" (2006), a futuristic dystopian tale about a former political activist (Owen) turned down-and-out bureaucrat who is convinced by a former lover (Julianne Moore) to help transport a young woman pregnant (Clare-Hope Ashitey) with the infertile world's only child to the fabled Human Project in order to save the future. He was next cast as Sir Walter Raleigh in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007), Shekhar Kapur's follow up to "Elizabeth" (1998) in which the Virgin Queen (Cate Blanchett) becomes involved in a relationship with the famed poet and explorer during one of the British Empire's many entanglements with Spain.

Proving himself comfortable in virtually any and all imaginable genres, Owen starred opposite a scenery-chewing Paul Giamatti in the cartoonishly violent "Shoot â¿¿Em Up" (2007), as a nameless, carrot-chomping gunslinger, united with a beautiful prostitute (Monica Bellucci) in the guardianship of an infant targeted by a ruthless criminal (Giamatti). Far more somber in its tone was the espionage thriller "The International" (2009), in which Owen played an Interpol agent investigating a global banking organization involved in money laundering, arms trading and murder. Also that year he demonstrated nearly irresistible chemistry with co-star Julie Roberts in the jaunty "Duplicity" (2009), a romantic comedy in which they played two corporate spies conning a pair of captains of industry, even as they alternately scammed and wooed each other. Working with actor-turned-director, David Schwimmer, Owen gave a heart-wrenching performance in the drama "Trust" (2010) as a father whose world is turned upside down after his teenage daughter (Liana Liberato) is stalked and later raped by a man she met on the Internet. Returning to pure action, he paired with Robert De Niro and Jason Statham for the thriller "Killer Elite" (2011), prior to working alongside actress Nicole Kidman in the lauded period biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO, 2012), which covered the great American writerâ¿¿s (Owen) love affair with war correspondent Gellhorn (Kidman) during the Spanish Civil War. His performance as Hemingway earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie â¿¿ the first such honor of his career. He also received a SAG nod in the same category.rous. That same year, he displayed his darker side as a psychopath in the BBC adaptation of "Precious Bane," which aired in America on PBS' "Mystery!" before turning roguishly heroic for the British TV series, "Chancer" (1990-91). Owen delivered a strong portrayal of an ambitious businessman who is seduced by his older sister (Saskia Reeves), then becomes obsessed when she tries to break the affair off in Stephen Poliakoff's excellent drama "Close My Eyes" (1991). Owen was tapped again by Poliakoff, this time to play a Jewish doctor who clashes with the head of a medical center (Charles Dance) in the period piece "Century" (1993).

Owen crossed the Atlantic to appear in the ABC drama "Class of '61" (1993), as an Irish graduate of West Point who goes off to fight in the Civil War. Owen received strong notices for his seductive hedonist in "The Return of the Native" (CBS, 1994) and as Halle Berry's lover in "The Rich Man's Wife" (1996). After starring as a British private investigator in the series "Sharman" (1996), Owen essayed his most challenging role to date, playing a concentration camp inmate in Sean Matthias' film version of "Bent" (1997). As Max, the actor gave a powerful performance, skillfully negotiating the characters evolution from selfish and debonair decadent to caring individual. Owen and co-star Lothaire Bluteau worked off one another to great effect, with both delivering star-making performances.

After co-starring on the London stage in "Closer" (1997), the actor appeared opposite Alex Kingston in director Mike Hodges' absorbing crime drama "The Croupier" (1999), the film that would provide his breakthrough role. As a hard-boiled dealer who conspires to defraud a casino, Owens' performances prompted critic Roger Ebert to compare his steely reserve to that of Sean Connery, noting "he doesn't give himself wholly to the action, but seems to be keeping a part of his mind outside of it, measuring and calculating." Not surprisingly, Owen quickly began topping the lists of potential successors to the James Bond role after Pierce Brosnan. Meanwhile, the actor's popularity increased when he starred in a series of four "Second Sight" telepics for the BBC, playing hot shot British detective Ross Tanner in 1999 and 2000, and he became an icon of cool as The Driver in a series of avant-garde action shorts sponsored by BMW and helmed by directors John Woo, Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, Tony Scott, Joe Carnahan and John Frankenheimer.

On the big screen, Owen again impressed with his turn in "Gosford Park" (2001), director Robert Altman's delightful ensemble riff on British drawing room murder mysteries, playing the brooding Robert Park, who emerges as a central figure in the storyline. Off that success, he was cast in the big budget studio adaptation of Robert Ludlum's spy thriller "The Bourne Identity" (2002) as the ruthless, steel-nerved assassin, The Professor. Owen next starred opposite Angelina Jolie in the disappointing melodrama "Beyond Borders" (2003), the story of a disaster-relief worker who falls in love with a socially conscious wealthy woman. He rebounded strongly, however, when he reunited with Hodges for the noirish "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (2004), playing a retired British gangster who emerges from his secluded countryside life to investigate the death of his brother.

Next up was Antoine Fuqua's supposedly "demystified" retelling of the legend of "King Arthur" (2004), a big budget, action-oriented film that cast Owen as England's once and future king, this time set in a more historically correct context, if indeed a King Arthur actually existed. Owen's next role made him an overnight star in the States. The highly literate, often romantically brutal drama "Closer," directed by Mike Nichols followed the complex relationships between two couples (Owen, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Jude Law) who become messily intertwined in a love/sex gender war. Despite such starpower, it was the relatively unknown Owen's hard-edged performance that was the most heavily cited by critics and viewers. Not surprisingly, Owen took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor and was nominated for an Oscar in the same category.

Amid furious rumors that he was being courted to become the next James Bond â¿¿ he later admitted he wasn't interested in the role, which ultimately went to Daniel Craig â¿¿ Owen appeared to splendid effect in director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller's co-venture "Sin City" (2005), a visceral, visually stunning adaptation of Miller's crime noir comic book series. Headlining the segment drawn from Miller's story arc "The Big Fat Kill," Owen played the hard-edged but noble Dwight McCarthy, who becomes embroiled in a sudden, violent battle over control of Sin City's Old Town, where prostitutes armed to the teeth reign. A portion of Owen's storyline, the eerie sequence in which he drives the talking corpse of the corrupt cop Jackie Boy (Benicio del Toro) was also directed by Quentin Tarantino. Next was the thriller "Derailed" (2005), which cast Owen and Jennifer Aniston as two married business executives having an affair who are forced into violent

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 Valerian (2017)
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 Maggie's Plan (2015)
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 Survivor (2015)
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 Blood Ties (2014)
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 Shadow Dancer (2012)
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 Trust (2010)
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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.

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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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