Garry Owen (actor)

Garry Owen (February 18, 1902 – June 1, 1951) was an American actor, best known for his role as the taxi driver in Arsenic and Old Lace.[1][2] He appeared in more than 180 films between 1933 and 1952.[3]

Garry Owen
Born(1902-02-18)February 18, 1902
DiedJune 1, 1951(1951-06-01) (aged 49)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting placeChapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, California
Years active1933–1952


Year Title Role Notes
1933 Child of Manhattan Buddy (as Gary Owen)
1933 Hold Your Man Slim
1933 Flying Devils Carnival Ticket Seller Uncredited
1933 Knee Deep in Music Short
1933 Stage Mother Jerry - Stagehand Uncredited
1933 Saturday's Millions Football Announcer Uncredited
1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady Jake - Fight Promoter Uncredited
1933 Havana Widows Sphinx Club Croupier Uncredited
1933 Son of a Sailor Sailor Johnson Uncredited
1934 Bombay Mail Cuthbert Neal
1934 Good Dame Taxi Driver Uncredited
1934 The Thin Man Detective Uncredited
1934 Little Miss Marker Grinder (as Gary Owen)
1934 The Girl from Missouri Sailor Cupick - Kitty's Date Uncredited
1934 Contented Calves Breezy - Photographer Short (as Gary Owen)
1934 Death on the Diamond In-Studio Radio Announcer Uncredited
1934 No Ransom Archie DeWitt
1934 Evelyn Prentice Reporter #2 Uncredited
1934 The Gay Bride Reporter Uncredited
1935 Times Square Lady Newspaper Reporter Uncredited
1935 Hold 'Em Yale Laverty Uncredited
1935 Let 'Em Have It Ike Uncredited
1935 People Will Talk Second Reporter Uncredited
1935 Red Salute Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1935 Special Agent Carston's Henchman Uncredited
1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy (scenes deleted)
1935 I Live My Life Elevator Operator Uncredited
1935 Top Flat Garry, Patsy's friend Short (as Gary Owen)
1936 Ceiling Zero Mike Owens
1936 Boulder Dam Dam Worker Uncredited
1936 The Country Doctor Jerry Uncredited
1936 Florida Special Joe
1936 Bullets or Ballots The Spotter Uncredited
1936 The Return of Sophie Lang 'Nosey' Schwartz
1936 Rose Bowl Announcer Uncredited
1936 The Case of the Black Cat Paul Drake
1936 King of Hockey Jitters McCarthy, the Referee
1937 Devil's Playground Radio Man Uncredited
1937 Don't Tell the Wife Motorcycle Policeman Uncredited
1937 Racketeers in Exile Sy
1937 King of Gamblers Fred Uncredited
1937 San Quentin Dopey
1937 Bad Guy Ned Burns - Gambler Uncredited
1937 Double or Nothing Process Server Uncredited
1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich Policeman Uncredited
1937 This Way Please Reporter Uncredited
1937 You're Only Young Once Guide Uncredited
1937 True Confession Tony Krauch
1938 Start Cheering Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1938 Dangerous to Know Mike Tookey - Chauffeur Uncredited
1938 Test Pilot Pilot Uncredited
1938 Wide Open Faces Pineapple
1938 Call of the Yukon Conner
1938 Men with Wings Reporter Uncredited
1938 The Crowd Roars Cain's Henchman Uncredited
1938 Heart of the North Tom 'Tommy' Ryan
1939 Idiot's Delight Newsstand Vendor Uncredited
1939 Made for Each Other Denver Radio Operator Uncredited
1939 Within the Law Jenks' Associate Uncredited
1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder 'Lock' Man - Inventor Uncredited
1939 Lucky Night Willie Smith - the Bandit Uncredited
1939 Naughty But Nice Bartender Uncredited
1939 Angels Wash Their Faces Driver Whose Car Hit Sleepy Uncredited
1939 Dust Be My Destiny Milkman Uncredited
1939 A Child Is Born First Drugstore Clerk Uncredited
1940 Women Without Names Reporter Uncredited
1940 Grandpa Goes to Town Muggsy
1940 City for Conquest Reporter Uncredited
1941 High Sierra Joe - Velma's Guest Uncredited
1941 Footsteps in the Dark Horatio Jackson Uncredited
1941 Meet John Doe Sign Painter Uncredited
1941 The Devil and Miss Jones Drug Store Clerk Uncredited
1941 The Wagons Roll at Night Gus
1941 Affectionately Yours Taxi Driver Uncredited
1941 Blondie in Society The Carpenter Uncredited
1941 Here Comes the Cavalry Sergeant Hooker Short
1941 You'll Never Get Rich Robert's Guard Uncredited
1941 Sailors on Leave Thompson
1941 Appointment for Love Reporter Uncredited
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy Army Clerk Uncredited
1942 Lady in a Jam Man Uncredited
1942 The Pride of the Yankees Scorecard Vendor Uncredited
1942 The Gay Sisters Elevator Repairman Voice, uncredited
1942 A Night to Remember Mailman Uncredited
1943 Slightly Dangerous Detective Uncredited
1943 Watch on the Rhine Taxi Driver Uncredited
1943 Whistling in Brooklyn Taxi Driver #2 Uncredited
1943 The Woman of the Town Alhambra Dealer Uncredited
1944 Timber Queen Taxi Cab Driver Uncredited
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Taxi Driver #3 Uncredited
1944 Once Upon a Time Man Spouting Poetry Uncredited
1944 Song of the Open Road Assistant Director Uncredited
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace Taxi Driver
1944 Something for the Boys Corporal O'Neill Uncredited
1944 The Thin Man Goes Home Pool Player Uncredited
1944 Nothing But Trouble Clerk Uncredited
1944 Music for Millions Soldier Waiter Uncredited
1945 Roughly Speaking Barber Uncredited
1945 Without Love Soldier Uncredited
1945 The Clock Bus Fare Collector Uncredited
1945 The Last Installment Jake Short, Uncredited
1945 The Phantom Speaks Louis Fabian
1945 Honeymoon Ahead Announcer Uncredited
1945 Captain Eddie Reporter Uncredited
1945 Anchors Aweigh 2nd Soldier at USO Uncredited
1945 Incendiary Blonde Garry - Dance Director Uncredited
1945 Ziegfeld Follies 1st Subway Policeman ('Limehouse Blues'), Uncredited
1945 Mildred Pierce Policeman on Pier Uncredited
1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Taxi Driver Uncredited
1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Director's Assistant Uncredited
1945 Fallen Angel Waiter Uncredited
1945 The Tiger Woman Bartender
1945 Adventure Jabbo Unconfirmed
1946 Up Goes Maisie Elevator Operator Uncredited
1946 A Letter for Evie Fireman Uncredited
1946 Idea Girl Howard Uncredited
1946 Crime of the Century Taxi Driver
1946 The Hoodlum Saint Cop Arresting Snarp at Poolroom Uncredited
1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice Truck Driver Uncredited
1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up Bellboy Uncredited
1946 Night and Day Joer Uncredited
1946 Courage of Lassie Cook Swenson - Sailor helping Smitty Uncredited
1946 Notorious Motorcycle Policeman Uncredited
1946 The Missing Lady Johnson (scenes deleted)
1946 The Killers Joe Smalley Uncredited
1946 Two Years Before the Mast Rough Sailor Uncredited
1946 Three Wise Fools Uncredited
1946 No Leave, No Love Military Policeman at Union Station Uncredited
1946 The Dark Mirror Franklin (as Gary Owen)
1946 Lady Chaser Herman
1946 Gallant Bess 'Doc' the Pharmacist Mate Uncredited
1946 Swell Guy Ernie - the Cab Driver Uncredited
1946 It's a Wonderful Life Bill-Poster Uncredited
1947 Blondie's Big Moment Cab Driver Uncredited
1947 Dead Reckoning Reporter Uncredited
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses The Chestnut's Handler Uncredited
1947 My Favorite Brunette Reporter Uncredited
1947 Millie's Daughter Ticket Agent Uncredited
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue Detective Uncredited
1947 The Long Night Library Lecturer Uncredited
1947 That's My Man Worker Uncredited
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Tom - Cop at Airport Uncredited
1947 Driftwood Gas Station Attendant Uncredited
1947 Magic Town Cigar Counter Clerk Uncredited
1947 The Flame Detective
1947 It Had to Be You Second Cab Driver Uncredited
1948 I Love Trouble Gus Uncredited
1948 My Girl Tisa Policeman Uncredited
1948 The Bride Goes Wild Joe (scenes deleted)
1948 The Inside Story Jim - Bank Teller Uncredited
1948 Here Comes Trouble Sports Editor Uncredited
1948 The Big Clock Cab Driver Uncredited
1948 State of the Union Brooklynite Uncredited
1948 Money Madness Vance - Reporter Uncredited
1948 On an Island with You Reporter Uncredited
1948 The Fuller Brush Man Creamy Uncredited
1948 The Checkered Coat Prince
1948 A Southern Yankee Confederate Soldier Uncredited
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number Bingo Caller Uncredited
1948 Good Sam Taxi Triver Uncredited
1948 The Return of October Charlie Uncredited
1948 Let's Live a Little Elevator-Starter Uncredited
1949 Criss Cross Johnny Uncredited
1949 Act of Violence Auto Rental Co. Attendant Uncredited
1949 Knock on Any Door Larry - Barber Uncredited
1949 I Cheated the Law Jerry
1949 The Life of Riley Bill Collector Uncredited
1949 The Stratton Story Cab Driver Uncredited
1949 The Crooked Way Man from Green Acres Mortuary
1949 Flamingo Road Mailman Uncredited
1949 Manhandled Police Photographer Uncredited
1949 Too Late for Tears Police Officer at Switchboard Uncredited
1949 Mighty Joe Young Second Bartender Uncredited
1949 The Doctor and the Girl Patient Uncredited
1949 Bride for Sale Al Uncredited
1949 A Kiss for Corliss Cop at Archers Uncredited
1950 The Flying Saucer Bartender at Ernie's
1950 The File on Thelma Jordon Bailiff Uncredited
1950 The Good Humor Man Elevator Starter Uncredited
1950 The Yellow Cab Man Demolition Engineer Uncredited
1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Bubble-ola Delivery Man Uncredited
1950 Riding High Harry Uncredited
1950 The Admiral Was a Lady Watson Jones (private detective)
1950 The Milkman Irving
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Bus Passenger Behind Sailor Uncredited
1952 Scandal Sheet Bum in Heeney's Bar Uncredited, (final film role)


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