Roddy McDowall

Biography

Date of Birth 17 September 1928, Herne Hill, London, England, UK Date of Death 3 October 1998, Studio City, California, USA (lung cancer) Birth Name Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns. His mother brought Roddy and his sister to the US at the beginning of World War II, and he soon got the part of Huw, youngest child in a family of Welsh coal miners, in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941), acting alongside Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Donald Crisp in the film that won that year's best film Oscar. He went on to many other child roles, in films like My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943) until, at age 18, he moved to New York, where he played a long series of successful stage roles, both on Broadway and in such venues as Connecticut's Stratford Festival, where he did Shakespeare. In addition to making many more movies (over 150), McDowell acted in television, developed an extensive collection of movies and Hollywood memorabilia, and published five acclaimed books of his own photography. He died at his Los Angeles home, aged 70, of cancer.

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Birth Name

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall

Birth Place

Herne Hill, London, England, UK

Birth Date

9/17/1928

Death Date

10/3/1998
Known For
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Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Cornelius

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Caesar

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Caesar

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Cornelius (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Mr. Jelk

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Behind the Planet of the Apes

Himself - Host

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Fright Night

Peter Vincent

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Fright Night Part II

Peter Vincent

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The Legend of Hell House

Ben Fischer

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Class of 1984

Terry Corrigan

Starring In
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Spiral Farm

Thomas

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Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film

Himself (archive footage)

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Room 237

Benjamin Franklin Fischer (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Original Animated Series: Godzilla, Vol. 2

Dr. Hugh Trevor (1 episode, 1999)

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The Agatha Christie Code

Rex Brewster (archive footage)

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Chump Change

Acres (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)

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A Bug's Life

Mr. Soil (voice)

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Behind the Planet of the Apes

Himself - Host

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20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years

Himself

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The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo

King Murphy

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Star Hunter

Riecher

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The Grass Harp

Amos Legrand

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It's My Party

Damian Knowles

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Ein Weihnachtsengel auf Probe

Saint Peter

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Dead Man's Island

Trevor Dunnaway

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Last Summer in the Hamptons

Thomas

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The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen

Himself

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Unknown Origin

Dr. Henry Lazarus

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Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance

Dr. Lasky

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Angel 4: Undercover

Geoffrey Kagen

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Hart aber herzlich: Tod einer Freundin

Jeremy Sennet

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Himself (archive footage)

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Double Trouble

Philip Chamberlain

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Going Under

Secretary Neighbor

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Earth Angel

Mr. Tatum

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Deadly Game

Dr. Aaron

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Shakma

Sorenson

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Cutting Class

Mr. Dante

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The Big Picture

Judge

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Fright Night Part II

Peter Vincent

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Doin' Time on Planet Earth

Minister

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Overboard

Andrew

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Dead of Winter

Mr. Murray

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Alice in Wonderland

The March Hare

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Fright Night

Peter Vincent

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Class of 1984

Terry Corrigan

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Mae West

Rene Valentine

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Evil under the Sun

Rex Brewster

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Charlie Chan and The Curse of the Dragon Queen

Gillespie

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Back to the Planet of the Apes

Galen (archive footage)

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The Return of the King

Samwise Gamgee (voice)

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Scavenger Hunt

Jenkins

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The Black Hole

V.I.N.CENT. (Vital Information Necessary Centralized)

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Nutcracker Fantasy

Franz / Fritz (voice)

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The Cat from Outer Space

Mr. Stallwood

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Laserblast

Doctor Mellon (closing credits) (as Roddy McDowell)

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Circle of Iron

White Robe

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Rabbit Test

Gypsy Grandmother / Dr. D & C Fishbine (as Roddy Mc Dowall)

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Fantasy Island: The Complete First Season

Christopher Lantree / ... (5 episodes, 1979-1982)

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Embryo

Frank Riley

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Flood!

Mr. Franklin

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Funny Lady

Bobby

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Bad Brothas - Mean Muthas

Tony Da Vince

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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

George Stanton (uncredited)

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The Legend of Hell House

Ben Fischer

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Caesar

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Arnold

Robert

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The Poseidon Adventure

Acres

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Caesar

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Frank Gass

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Columbo Season 2 Disc 1 - Etude in Black & The Greenhouse Jungle

Roger Stanford

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A Taste of Evil

Dr. Lomas

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Mr. Jelk

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Cornelius

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Terror in the Sky

Dr. Ralph Baird

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Pretty Maids All in a Row

Mr. Proffer

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Cornelius (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Night Gallery

Jeremy Evans

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Midas Run

Wister

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Angel, Angel, Down We Go

Santoro

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Hello Down There

Nate Ashbury

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5 Card Stud

Nick Evers

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Planet of the Apes

Cornelius

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Cricket on the Hearth

Crocket Cricket (voice)

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Bullwhip Griffin

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It!

Arthur Pimm (as Roddy MacDowall)

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The Defector

Agent Adams (as Roddy Mc Dowall)

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Lord Love a Duck

Alan Musgrave

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That Darn Cat!

Gregory Benson

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Matthew

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Inside Daisy Clover

Walter Baines

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El Tercer Día

Oliver Parsons

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The Loved One

D.J. Jr.

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Shock Treatment

Martin Ashley

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Cleopatra

Octavian - Caesar Augustus

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The Longest Day

Pvt. Morris

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L'Ora Di Alfred Hitchcock - Stagione 1 - Vol. 2

George / ... (2 episodes, 1964)

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The Power and the Glory

Mestizo

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Midnight Lace

Malcolm Stanley

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The Tempest

Ariel

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The Steel Fist

Eric Kardin

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Macbeth

Malcolm

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Vacanze al Messico

Stanley Owen

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Thunderhead - Son of Flicka

Ken McLaughlin

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Molly and Me

Jimmy Graham

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The Keys of the Kingdom

Francis Chisholm, as a boy

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The White Cliffs of Dover

John Ashwood II as a Boy

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Lassie Come Home

Joe Carraclough

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My Friend Flicka

Ken McLaughlin

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On the Sunny Side

Hugh Aylesworth

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The Pied Piper

Ronnie Cavanaugh

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Son Of Fury: The Story Of Benjamin Blake

Benjamin - as a boy

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Confirm or Deny

Albert Perkins

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How Green Was My Valley

Huw

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Man Hunt

Vaner

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Poison Pen

Choirboy (uncredited)

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Hey! Hey! USA

Urchin on Dock (uncredited)

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Convict 99

Jimmy (uncredited)

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