Tom Owen, Last of the Summer Wine Star, dies aged 73

Tom Owen better known as Tom Owen, was a British actor better known for his role as Tom Simmonite in the world’s longest-running comedy Last of the Summer Wine. He was the son of Bill Owen, who portrayed William “Compo” Simmonite (Tom Simmonite’s father) on the program.

The actor from Last of the Summer Wine Tom Owen died at the age of 73.

Actor Tom Owen from The Last of the Summer Wine passed away on November 8, 2022, at the age of 73. So yet, other information about his death is not known.

Tom’s family confirmed his death in a statement,

“He passed away peacefully and is survived by his two children, James and William, and ex-wife, Mary.”

Early Life

Tom Owen was born on 8 April 1949(73 years old) in Marylebone, London, England. He holds British nationality and he belongs to the white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Aries.

In 1966, Tom Owen served as a student assistant stage manager at Leatherhead Theatre. He has vast repertory experience as both a performer and a director. Owen portrayed Farley in ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’ in 1969, a character originally performed by John Mills in the original production. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing on Broadway in ‘London Assurance.’

Tom Owen Family

His portrayal of Krapp in Fiona Baddeley’s production of Beckett’s masterwork ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ was compared to those of Michael Gambon, John Hurt, and Harold Pinter. He has featured in the West End production of ‘Lulu.’ He has appeared in nearly a dozen pantomimes.

Owen made his television debut in 1968 as Bill Cowan in Southern Television’s breakthrough series Freewheelers, where he appeared in 52 episodes. Tottering Towers, Wreckers at Deadeye, Horse in the House, and The Piglet Files were among the many television shows that followed.


Later in his career, he featured in series such as The Hello Goodbye Man, Z Cars, Upstairs Downstairs, The Bill, Minder, and Our Mutual Friend. Owen made his Last Of The Summer Wine debut as a bank client at a cash dispenser in the episode “Situations Vacant” in 1991.

Following the death of his father, Bill, who had portrayed Compo for twenty-seven years, Tom became a regular on Last of the Summer Wine and lasted with the program until it ended in 2010. Owen featured in Queenie with Kirk Douglas, Great Expectations with Michael York, and Unman, Wittering, and Zigo with David Hemmings.

In 2018, Owen had two films released: ‘The Bromley Boys and ‘Guernsey.’

Personal Life

In 1978, Tom Owen married Mary Bernadette Therese Moylan, with whom he had two sons, James and William.

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