Glyn - an actor of many parts
9:36am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
DID this policeman-turned-actor from Bolton star in the first TV soap opera?
Glyn Griffith Owen was born in Bolton on March 6, 1928. He was the son of a Welsh railway guard and left school aged 14 to work in a telegraph office.
He completed his compulsory military service from 1946 to 1948, during which time he acted in the War Office’s amateur dramatic company.
For the next five years he was a police officer in London while continuing with his first love of amateur dramatics and training at the Actors’ Studio in St John’s Wood.
In 1955 he performed with the George Mitchell Singers in Blackpool with Lew Grade as his agent.
He made his TV debut in 1956 in The Trollenburg Terror, and went on to have roles in other household programmes such as Coronation Street, Oil Strike North, The Rat Catchers, The Brothers, Doctor Who and Ennal’s Point.
His TV career had kicked off and by 1957 he had a part of Dr Patrick “Paddy” Meara in the long-running ITV hospital drama Emergency — Ward 10.
He appeared in a 1978 episode of The Professionals, where he played a corrupt CI5 agent, and he drew on his experience as a policeman to play the role of Wally, an alcoholic expoliceman, in an episode of the Sweeney.
By the mid-1980s he was cast as Jack Rolfe, the headstrong director of the Mermaid Boatyard in the BBC series Howards’ Way.
Throughout his career he appeared regularly on the West End stage and in fringe theatre, as well as musicals and pantomime, including The Four Musketeers with Harry Secombe and Dick Whittington with Ken Dodd at the Manchester Palace Theatre.
He toured Canada and North America with the Royal Shakespheare Company, finishing at the Palace, New York.
He joined The National Theatre Company to appear as the father in Equus, and won an award for his portrayal of the father in Spring and Port Wine.
Glyn died of cancer in 2004, aged 76.
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