Owen was most famous for voicing the role of Towser in the 1961 Disney movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Owen began his career in the 1926 silent film Bride of the Storm as Funeral Harry. His next movie role was 22 years later in the 1948 film Up in Central Park.
Owen also became involved in the radio industry during the 1940s and 1950s, teaming up with producer and director Jack Webb in several radio programs.
The first of those programs was the radio drama Pat Novak, for Hire. He played the role of Novak"s, (played by Webb), drunk ex-doctor friend "Jocko" Madigan.
He played this role from 1946–1949. The series also starred Raymond Burr as Inspector Hellman.
He again co-starred with Webb in the radio series Johnny Modero, Pier 23 in 1947.
Owen would co-star in a radio series with Webb just one more time. That last time was on the radio version of the Pete Kelly franchise. He played the role of Barney Rickett for the series" summer run in 1951.
His last radio appearance was in 1953, leaving behind such radio credits as University Theatre, Escape, Suspense, Family Theater, Lux Radio Theatre, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Crime Classics and The Lone Ranger.
Shortly after Owen"s last appearance in radio, he made his first appearance in television on the television series The Unexpected in 1953. As his presence became wanted more and more in the television field, his presence became less wanted in the film industry.
Although he did find success in the film industry, it was not as much success as in recent years. His most successful film during this time was in the 1961 Disney animated movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians where Owen voiced the role of Towser.
Some of his other movie credits include Montana, The Black Castle, Back to God"s Country, Perils of the Jungle, Brigadoon, The Oklahoma Woman, Congo Crossing, and Jack the Giant Killer.
Owen"s television career expanded during the 1950s and 1960s which included recurring roles in Perry Mason and a starring role in a television series. From 1954–1955, Owen co-starred alongside actors Thomas Mitchell and Kathleen Freeman in the sitcom Mayor of the Town. He played the role of Joe Ainsley in the series.
He retired from show business after a 1965 guest appearance on the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Owen died on 13 March 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 81. Owen is entombed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.