- 09:11 AM, Jan 20
British actor Clive Owen was born in Coventry, England on October 3, 1964. His father was a country and western singer who abandoned his family when Clive was only 3, let him and his four brothers raised by his mother and stepfather. Owen's two brothers, Alan and Lee, eventually became musicians and were known for their single called "Heartbeat." Owen got his early education at Binley Park Comprehensive School, and at his 13, after playing the scene-stealing role of the Artful Dodger in a production of "Oliver!" he joined the youth theater. Completed his education there, in 1984 Owen attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he spent his three years building up classical resume, including roles in "Henry IV, Part I" and "The Lady from the Sea."
After that, he joined the Young Vic Theatre Company where he, in 1988, played the role of Romeo who in reality finally in love with his co-star Juliet performed by Sarah Jane Fenton, mothered his two daughters, Hannah and Eve, after their marriage on March 6, 1995.
1988 was the year when Owen got his film debut, playing in the British-made "Vroom" co-starring David Thewlis as two fellows who restore a classic American car and take off on the road. Two years passed by and he established his acting career even more for the role of devishly handsome rogue Stephen Crane he portrayed in "Chancer." His next film, "Close My Eyes" (1991), in which he played a brother who acts on his incestuous desires for his older sister, had attracted public attention that they then dedicated more admiration on him.
Unfortunately, in the next two years, the lovable shyster Owen lost a handful profitable commercial endorsements and film offers. It seemed that he really needed hard work to no longer be a timid actor before he ended the difficult two years pursuing stage roles, one most important was playing a bisexual in Noel Coward's production named "Design For Living." This was the starting point for Owen to return to TV and play number of roles in both mini-movies and series, one that had a hit on the London stage in 1997 was the ensemble contemporary piece about relationships, entitled "Closer" (2004). Still in the year of 1997, many controversies arose in the film role of Max, a brash, reckless homosexual lothario in decadent pre-war Germany who finds unexpected love while interned