Malcolm McDowell

Actor, Producer, Bartender
Of his four decades on screen, Malcolm McDowell's most notorious performance was inarguably that of the twisted, disturbingly jubilant sociopath at the center of Stanley Kubrick's surreal satire, "A Clockwork Orange" ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1943 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (170)

Cut Off 2014 (Movie)

James Burton (Actor)

Franklin & Bash 2010 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Island of the Dead 2014 (Movie)

Rupert King (Actor)

Mind's Eye 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mozart in the Jungle 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2006 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Richard the Lionheart 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tempo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Unleashed 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Void 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wing Commander III: The Heart of the Tiger 2014 (Movie)

Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn (Actor)

A Green Story 2013 (Movie)

Barton (Actor)

Antiviral 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Abendroth (Actor)

Community 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Fall 2013 (Movie)

Thaddius Gault (Actor)

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mischief Night 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Smiles (Actor)

The Employer 2013 (Movie)

The Employer (Actor)

The Mentalist 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Excision 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Justice League Unlimited 1996 - 1999, 2005 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Metalocalypse 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 2012 (Movie)

Leonard Wolf (Actor)

Silent Night 2012 (Movie)

Sheriff Cooper (Actor)

Superman 1996 - 1999, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Annoying Orange 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Philadelphia Experiment 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

Vlad (Actor)

Entourage 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Golf in the Kingdom 2011 (Movie)

Julian Lange (Actor)

Psych 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suing the Devil 2011 (Movie)

Satan (Actor)

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

The Butler (Actor)

Barry Munday 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Farley (Actor)

Easy A 2010 (Movie)

Principal Gibbons (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Halloween 2 2009 (Movie)

Dr Samuel Loomis (Actor)

Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bolt 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Dr. Calico (Actor)

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Raius (Actor)

Doomsday 2008 (Movie)

Kane (Actor)

Heroes 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mirror Wars 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Roses and Petrol 2008 (Movie)

Enda Doyle (Actor)

Suck 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Sam Loomis (Actor)

Masters of Science Fiction 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The List 2007 (Movie)

Desmond Larochette (Actor)

Bye Bye Blackbird 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rag Tale 2005 (Movie)

Richard "The Chief" Morton (Actor)

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius 2004 (Movie)

O.B. Keeler (Actor)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2004 (Movie)

Boad (Actor)

Teen Titans 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tempesta 2004 (Movie)

Paul Valenzin (Actor)

The Monster of Rostov 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Company 2003 (Movie)

Alberto Antonelli (Actor)

Between Strangers 2002 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Firestarter: Rekindled 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Gangster No. 1 2002 (Movie)

Gangster 55 (Actor)

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

Arnold Gundars (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Visiting 2001 (Movie)

Wizard (Actor)

The Barber 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Faces of Evil 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Great White Down Under 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Saint Patrick, the Irish Legend 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Lies Bleeding 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

Uncle Morris (Actor)

Sharks of the Deep Blue 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Southern Cross 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wing Commander 1999 (Movie)

Admiral Tolwyn (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminal Countdown 1998 (Movie)

Seward (Actor)

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Aladdin 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

CBS Discovery Channel Special: The Lion's Pride 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

Austin Cloquet (Actor)

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tales From a Parallel Universe: Giga Shadow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The First 9 1/2 Weeks 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gardener 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Where Truth Lies 1997 (Movie)

Dr Vernon Renquist (Actor)

Wing Commander Academy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Exquisite Tenderness 1995 (Movie)

Dr Roger Stein (Actor)

Hydrosphere 1995 (Movie)

Sean Murdoch (Actor)

Tank Girl 1995 (Movie)

Kesslee (Actor)

The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyborg 3 The Recycler 1994 (Movie)

Lord Talon (Actor)

Dangerous Indiscretion 1994 (Movie)

Roger Everett (Actor)

Fatal Pursuit 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frasier 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kids of the Round Table 1994 (Movie)

Merlin the Magician (Actor)

Milk Money 1994 (Movie)

Waltzer (Actor)

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

Soren (Actor)

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

De Villiers (Actor)

Chain of Desire 1993 (Movie)

Hubert Bailey (Actor)

East Wind 1993 (Movie)

General Smyslowosky (Actor)

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Lord Maliss (Voice)

Night Train to Venice 1992 (Movie)

Stranger (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told 1992 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Assassin of the Tsar 1991 (Movie)

Yurovsky (Actor)

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Class of 1999 1990 (Movie)

Dr Miles Langford (Actor)

Disturbed 1990 (Movie)

Dr Russell (Actor)

In the Eye of the Snake 1990 (Movie)

Professor Baldwin (Actor)

Jezebel's Kiss 1990 (Movie)

Ben Faberson (Actor)

Moon 44 1990 (Movie)

Major Lee (Actor)

Schweitzer 1990 (Movie)

Dr Albert Schweitzer (Actor)

Buy and Cell 1989 (Movie)

Warden Tennant (Actor)

Il Maestro 1989 (Movie)

Goldberg (Actor)

Maggio Musicale 1989 (Movie)

PF (Actor)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Alfie Alperin (Actor)

Monte Carlo 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Caller 1986 (Movie)

The Caller (Actor)

The Compleat Beatles 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Blue Thunder 1983 (Movie)

Colonel Cochrane (Actor)

Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Get Crazy 1983 (Movie)

Reggie Wanker (Actor)

Cat People 1982 (Movie)

Paul Gallier (Actor)

Cross Creek 1982 (Movie)

Maxwell Perkins (Actor)

The Passage 1979 (Movie)

Captain Von Berkow (Actor)

Time After Time 1979 (Movie)

H G Wells (Actor)

Caligula 1978 (Movie)

Caligula (Actor)

Tigers Are Better Looking 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aces High 1977 (Movie)

Major John Gresham (Actor)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

Flashman (Actor)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Max Gunther (Actor)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

Mick (Actor)

A Clockwork Orange 1971 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Figures in a Landscape 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Raging Moon 1969 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

If... 1968 (Movie)

Mick Travers (Actor)

Arthur the King (TV Show)

Actor

Asylum (TV Show)

Actor

Can of Worms (TV Show)

Voice

Coco Chanel (TV Show)

Actor

Fist of the North Star (TV Show)

Actor

Gulag (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Actor

Jaws of the Pacific (TV Show)

Narrator

Kids of the Round Table (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor

Pound of Flesh (Movie)

Noah Melville (Actor)

Princess of Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV Show)

Voice

Seasons of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

She Fell Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

The David Cassidy Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Riders (TV Show)

Actor

Vivaldi (Movie)

(Actor)

Yesterday's Target (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

I Cloned My Pet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Suing the Devil 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pound of Flesh (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson 2008 (Movie)

(Based on the writings of Lindsay Anderson, David Sherwin.) (Source Material)

Biography

Of his four decades on screen, Malcolm McDowell's most notorious performance was inarguably that of the twisted, disturbingly jubilant sociopath at the center of Stanley Kubrick's surreal satire, "A Clockwork Orange" (1971). When the popularity of pointed, edgy British filmmaking faded, the young spokesman of a generation was unconcerned with parlaying his acclaim into mainstream movie stardom. McDowell's habit of fielding offers both good and bad led him to rival only countryman Michael Caine in sheer amount of screen time. His "Clockwork" breakout led to career-long castings as bad guys in many lesser artistic achievements, ranging from John Badham's actioner "Blue Thunder" (1983) to a high profile role as "the man who killed Captain Kirk" in "Star Trek: Generations" (1994). With his low voice and early head of snow white hair, McDowell was cast as professors, military men, doctors, and megalomaniacs, generally favoring offbeat projects like Paul Schrader's unsettling "Cat People" (1982) and the post-apocalyptic "Tank Girl" (1995). With the exception of his leading role in the rock-n-roll comedy "Get Crazy" (1983) and a hilarious run on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Pearl" (1996-97), McDowell was underappreciated for his sharp comic skills, and into his senior years the actor's high profile roles in Rob Zombie's "Halloween" films (2007, 2009) and a stint as a manipulative Hollywood player on the HBO drama "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ) ensured that a new generation of audiences also came also to associate him with the villainous and sinister.

Relationships

Margot Bennett Actor

Wife
Married 1975 Divorced 1980

Kelley Kuhr

Wife
Married Nov. 12, 1991 in Malibu, CA

Edna McDowell

Mother

Lilly McDowell

Daughter
Born January 21, 1981 mother, Mary Steenburgen

Beckett McDowell

Son
Born January 29, 2004 mother, Kelley Kuhr

Charles McDowell

Son
Born July 10, 1983 mother, Mary Steenburgen

Finnian McDowell

Son
Born December 23, 2006 mother, Kelley Kuhr

Seamus McDowell

Son
Born January 7, 2009 mother, Kelley Kuhr

Alexander Siddig

Nephew
McDowell is his maternal uncle they appeared together in Neil Marshall's "Doomsday" (2008) played Dr. Julian Bashir on the series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" from 1993-1999

Mary Steenburgen Actor

Wife
Met when they co-starred in H. G. Wells' "Time After Time" (1979) Married Sept. 29, 1980 Divorced Oct. 1, 1990

Charlie Taylor Actor

Father
Relocated family to Yorkshire county six weeks after McDowell was born, because he was part of the Royal Air Force

EDUCATION

Eltham College

Attended the boarding school from age 11

Milestones

2011

Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"

2010

Acted opposite Emma Stone in the comedy "Easy A"

2010

Had an uncredited role in the post-apocalyptic thriller "The Book of Eli"

2009

Once again teamed with Rob Zombie for "Halloween II"

2007

Portrayed the wealthy, conspiratorial villain Mr. Linderman on NBC's sci-fi series "Heroes"

2007

Cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 horror classic "Halloween"

2005

Landed a recurring role as Ari's (Jeremy Piven) former partner and boss on the HBO series "Entourage"

2004

Cast in "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius," based on the life of golf legend Bobby Jones

2004

Cast in the British crime drama, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

2003

Cast in Robert Altman's ballet-themed drama "The Company"

2002

Cast as the villain in the feature adaptation of "I Spy," starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson

2001

Appeared in "Just Visiting," a remake of the French time-travel pic "Les Visiteurs" (1993)

1999

Portrayed rich, sensible, not very likable uncle in the coming-of-age film, "My Life So Far"

1998

Starred as Roarke in the short-lived ABC series remake of "Fantasy Island"

1996

Made rare TV appearance as porn magnate Benny Barratt in the British miniseries version of Peter Flannery's acclaimed epic "Our Friends in the North"

1996

Made American TV series debut as the sardonic Professor Pynchon on the CBS sitcom "Pearl"

1995

Played the villain opposite Lori Petty in the film "Tank Girl"

1994

Portrayed villainous Dr. Soren in "Star Trek: Generations"; received death threats for killing Captain Kirk

1992

Contributed a cameo to Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

Guest starred as Longtooth in "The Reluctant Vampire" episode of HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"

1988

Cast as the oily, corrupt studio chief in Blake Edwards' disappointing "Sunset"

1985

Portrayed King Arthur in the TV movie, "Arthur the King"

1983

Portrayed the wolf to Steenburgen's "Little Red Riding Hood" for Showtime's "Faerie Tale Theatre"

1983

Played a small role as legendary editor Maxwell Perkins to Steenburgen's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in "Cross Creek"

1982

Made third and final film with Anderson, "Britannia Hospital"

1982

Acted opposite Nastassja Kinski in Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People"

1980

Starred in the off-Broadway revival of "Look Back in Anger"; directed by Lindsay Anderson

1980

Played the title role in "Caligula"; first film to feature eminent film actors with graphic and explicit sex; produced by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione

1979

Made his Hollywood debut opposite future wife Mary Steenburgen as H. G. Wells in "Time After Time"

1976

Portrayed Max Gunther in Stuart Rosenberg's "Voyage of the Damned"

1975

Featured in the London stage revival of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane"

1975

Starred with Laurence Olivier and Helen Mirren in British production of Harold Pinter's "The Collection"; directed by Michael Apted

1975

Attempting to escape his violent image, swashbuckled through Richard Lester's comic "Royal Flash"

1973

Second film with Anderson, "O Lucky Man!"; also served as a producer

1970

Starred in his most famous role as Alex in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1968

Made screen debut as the school rebel in Lindsay Anderson's "If..."

1967

Landed first feature acting role, in Ken Loach's "Poor Cow"; part was cut from the film before its release

1965

Appeared in Royal Shakespeare Company productions for 18 months

Appeared in school productions of Shakespeare and in musical comedies

Began acting career in the early 1960s, performing in regional repertory companies; adopted mother's maiden name of McDowell

Bonus Trivia

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Most sources designated Ken Loach's "Poor Cow" (1967) as McDowell's film debut. These include Quigley's 1993 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac, The International Directory of Films and Filmmakers: Volume III – Actors and Actresses, Leonard Maltin's 1993 Movie and Video Guide and Ephraim Katz's Film Encyclopedia. However, the usually reliable Film Dope (No. 37) claimed that McDowell's supporting role as Billy was cut before release.

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About "A Clockwork Orange": "Stanley Kubrick gave me a copy of the book. I called him and said, and I must have been absolutely nuts, but I said, 'Are you offering me this?' And there was a long pause and he said, 'Yes.' Having got that out of the way, I said, 'Well, look, I'd like to meet with you further and talk about it. Would you like to come to my house?' Another long pause: 'Where is it?' And he came in a sort of a convoy. I didn't realize that it was such a big deal for Stanley Kubrick to leave his home. He 'doesn't travel well,' as they say."Well, I was totally seduced by him [his character Alex). I thought he was a hoot. I honestly thought I was making a black comedy and played it for humor. I learned early on in life that you must not worry about being disliked. It's great fun - suicidal parts." – McDowell quoted in Premiere magazine, April 1995

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"'Monty Python' influences everything I do. I'm much more influenced by comedians than by other actors. There was an English comic, Eric Morecambe. In my own way, I was inspired by him to be physical in a way that I had seen him do. Or Benny Hill or John Cleese." – McDowell to Ilene Rosensweig in The New York Times, Dec. 9, 1996

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"At bottom, he's a kid from Liverpool, with the same humor you saw in the Beatles – that sardonic northern humor, very quick." – McDowell's ex-wife Mary Steenburgen, quoted in The New York Times, Dec. 9, 1996

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