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Owen McGiveney
Owen McGiveney
Role Charles the Butler
Biographical Information
Birth Name Owen McGiveney
Birthdate May 4, 1884
Birthplace Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death Date July 31, 1967 (age 83)
Death Place Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Owen McGiveney played Charles the Butler in the second season episode, "The Girl With the Golden Nose" (1966).


Owen McGiveney was born on May 4, 1884, in Preston, Lancashire, and was an actor of stage, television and film. He began in vaudeville as a quick-change artist, but was known as a “protean” performer, meaning he [did not] just change costumes rapidly, but also acted little monologues and scenes in the various characters. He was therefore an actor as much as an illusionist.

McGiveney began as an actor around the age of twenty, gradually developing his act. One of his specialties was a version of Oliver Twist in which he played several of the characters. He came to the States in 1910 and played the Palace the first year it opened, appearing on the same bill as Sarah Bernhardt. When vaudeville died, he went back to England to work the halls for awhile, until Ken Murray called him back to perform in his Blackouts in 1946. After that McGiveney worked as a character actor in Hollywood for his last two decades, not only appearing in films like Pat and Mike, Brigadoon and Raintree County, but also television shows such as Batman, The Monkees and Bewitched.[2]

McGiveney and his American wife Elizabeth Hughes had two sons and a daughter, Mary, who would forge her own screen career as a comedian, singer and actress under the stage name Maura McGiveney.[3]

McGiveney died on July 31, 1967, in Los Angeles, California. He was 83.


  1. Owen McGiveney on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on April 15, 2022.
  2. "Owen McGiveney: Protean Professional", Travalanche, circa 2011. Retrieved on April 16, 2022, edited.
  3. Hill, Mike. "Preston actor who made it in Hollywood", Lancashire Post, May 8, 2021. Retrieved on October 24, 2021, edited.