Roddy McDowall

Actor, Producer, Photographer
Roddy McDowall began his prolific career as a child model in his native England. Segueing to features, he appeared in over 15 British films in the mid- to late 1930s, including "Convict 99" (1937) and "Murder in the ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1928 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (192)

The Color of Evening 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Godzilla: The Series 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

John Ford: An American Icon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Lauren Bacall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Keepers of the Frame 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Power: The Creation of United Artists 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Mr Soil (Voice)

All About Alfred 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film 1998 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Myrna Loy: A Class By Herself 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice Faye: The Star Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Carmen Miranda: The South American Way 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Narrator

Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

Sonja Henie: Fire on Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Hunter 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Second Jungle Book - Mowgli and Baloo 1997 (Movie)

King Murphy (Actor)

Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Damian Knowles (Actor)

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Amos Legrand (Actor)

Last Summer in the Hamptons 1995 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

The Alien Within 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Angel 4: Undercover 1994 (Movie)

Jeoffrey Kagen (Actor)

Elizabeth Taylor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Lassie 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

John Ford 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Precious Moments Christmas 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Double Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Chamberlain (Actor)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1977 - 1979, 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1977 - 1979, 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Chuck Jones 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dark Water 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Deadly Game 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis Hopper 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Under 1991 (Movie)

The Secretary of Defense (Actor)

The Naked Target 1991 (Movie)

Ernest Peabody (Actor)

Carmilla 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Shakma 1990 (Movie)

Sorenson (Actor)

Fright Night II 1989 (Movie)

Peter Vincent (Actor)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Cutting Class 1988 (Movie)

Dr Dante (Actor)

Doin' Time on Planet Earth 1988 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Lerner & Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Remo Williams 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead of Winter 1987 (Movie)

Thomas Franklin Murray (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridges to Cross 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords 1986 (Movie)

of Nuggit (Voice)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

Peter Vincent (Actor)

Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

London and Davis in New York 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales of the Gold Monkey 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Class of 1984 1982 (Movie)

Terry Corrigan (Actor)

Evil Under the Sun 1982 (Movie)

Rex Brewster (Actor)

Judgment Day 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Gillespie (Actor)

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

of Robot (Voice)

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nutcracker Fantasy 1978 (Movie)

of Franz Prince Fritz (Voice)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cat From Outer Space 1978 (Movie)

Mr Stallwood (Actor)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

White Robe (Actor)

Laserblast 1977 (Movie)

Dr Mellon (Actor)

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thief of Bagdad 1977 (Movie)

Hasan (Actor)

Sixth and Main 1976 (Movie)

Skateboard (Actor)

Embryo 1975 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Mean Johnny Barrows 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Planet of the Apes 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Arnold 1974 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elevator 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry 1973 (Movie)

Supermarket Manager (Actor)

Topper Returns 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

The Legend of Hell House 1972 (Movie)

Ben Fischer (Actor)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Frank Gass (Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

Acres (Actor)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

Mr Jelk (Actor)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 (Movie)

Proffer (Actor)

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

A Run on Gold 1969 (Movie)

Wister (Actor)

Angel, Angel Down We Go 1969 (Movie)

Santoro (Actor)

Hello Down There 1969 (Movie)

Nate Ashbury (Actor)

5 Card Stud 1968 (Movie)

Nick Evers (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

Inside Daisy Clover 1966 (Movie)

Walter Baines (Actor)

It! 1966 (Movie)

Arthur Pimm (Actor)

Lord Love a Duck 1966 (Movie)

Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave (Actor)

The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 1966 (Movie)

Bullwhip Griffin (Actor)

The Defector 1966 (Movie)

CIA Agent Adam (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Matthew (Actor)

That Darn Cat 1964 (Movie)

Gregory Benson (Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

D J Jr (Actor)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

Oliver Parsons (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Octavian (Actor)

Shock Treatment 1963 (Movie)

Martin Ashly, Gardener (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Private Morris (Actor)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Subterraneans 1960 (Movie)

Yuri Gligoric (Actor)

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Fairy 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Killer Shark 1950 (Movie)

Ted White (Actor)

Black Midnight 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Macbeth 1948 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Hangover Square 1945 (Movie)

(Voice)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

Huw Morgan (Actor)

A Taste of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Ava Gardner (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Carmilla (Movie)

(Actor)

Confirm or Deny (Movie)

Albert Perkins (Actor)

Dead Man's Island (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Flood! (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Heads (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday in Mexico (Movie)

Stanley Owen (Actor)

Lassie Come Home (Movie)

Joe Carraclough (Actor)

Loss of Faith (TV Show)

Actor

Mae West (TV Show)

Actor

Man Hunt (Movie)

Vaner The Cabin Boy (Actor)

Molly and Me (Movie)

Jimmy Graham (Actor)

Son of Fury (Movie)

Benjamin as a Boy (Actor)

Terror in the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantastic Journey (TV Show)

Actor

The Immigrants (TV Show)

Actor

The Keys of the Kingdom (Movie)

Francis Chisholm (younger) (Actor)

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

(Actor)

The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Face (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pied Piper (Movie)

Ronnie Cavanaugh (Actor)

The Truth About Lying (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

John Ashwood II, as a Boy (Actor)

This Girl For Hire (TV Show)

Actor

Unlikely Angel (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killer Shark 1950 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Black Midnight 1949 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Intimate Portrait: Natalie Wood (TV Show)

Photography

To Catch a King (TV Show)

Photography
Director (1)

Tam Lin 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Roddy McDowall began his prolific career as a child model in his native England. Segueing to features, he appeared in over 15 British films in the mid- to late 1930s, including "Convict 99" (1937) and "Murder in the Family" (1938). With his mother and older sister, McDowall was evacuated to the USA. Almost immediately upon his arrival in Hollywood, he was signed to a contract by 20th-Century Fox. McDowall first came to the attention of American audiences as the cabin boy who helps Walter Pidgeon escape from the Nazis in Fritz Lang's superb "Man Hunt" (1941). Pidgeon and McDowall were again teamed in John Ford's Oscar-winning "How Green Was My Valley" (also 1941), this time with the older actor as a minister encouraging the youth in his attempts to overcome a crippling accident. The film established McDowall as a rising young lead, at once sensitive but also manly, and engendered comparisons with other child actors from Shirley Temple and Freddie Bartholomew. Throughout the 40s, he appeared in a number of well-crafted films, many centered around animals like "Son of Fury" (1942) and "Lassie Come Home" (1943). By the end of the decade, as he approached adulthood, McDowall attempted more interesting fare including a turn as David Balfour in the beautifully photographed but slow remake of "Kidnapped" (which also marked his producing debut) and as Malcolm in Orson Welles' "Macbeth" (both 1948). Slowly, though, despite producing a number of efforts, good feature roles became scarce.

Relationships

Thomas McDowall

Father
Scottish

Winifred McDowall

Mother
Scottish

Virginia McDowall

Sister
older survived him

EDUCATION

St Joseph's College

studied with David Craig and Mira Rostova (1951)

Hanover Academy

Milestones

1998

Final film role, providing a character voice for the animated "A Bug's Life"

1996

Narrated the Showtime series "Sex and the Silver Scene"

1995

Provided the voice of Snowball, the hamster nemesis of Brain, on the animated "Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain"

1992

Voiced The Mad Hatter on the animated "The Adventures of Batman and Robin"

1991

Entered into an exclusive production agreement with Foxboro Entertainment to serve as producer and production consultant to the company

1988

Played himself in "Going Hollywood: The War Years"

1987

Executive produced feature "Overboard"; also played the role of the butler Andrew

1986

Was executive secretary to Suzanne Pleshette in the CBS drama "Bridges to Cross"

1985

Had one of his best roles as the TV horror host called upon to battle vampires in the superior horror film "Fright Night"

1977

Co-starred as the scientist Dr. Willaway on the sci-fi series "Fantastic Journey" (NBC)

1977

TV miniseries debut in supporting role in "The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC)

1974

TV series debut as regular, the short-lived CBS version of "Planet of the Apes"

1973

Appeared in fourth sequel "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"

1972

Directed first feature, "The Devil's Widow/Tamlin"

1972

Played new role of Caesar in second sequel "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"

1970

Reprised role in the sequel "Escape From the Planet of the Apes"

1968

Starred as Cornelius in "Planet of the Apes"

1966

Published first book of photographs, "Double Exposure"

1966

Appeared on the camp TV adventure series, "Batman" as the criminal 'The Bookworm'

1964

Formed Silver Lion Inc., a production company

1963

Co-starred in the overblown "Cleopatra", starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

1960

Made stage musical debut as Mordred in "Camelot", starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews

1959

Had featured role in the Broadway play "The Fighting Cock"; won Tony Award

1957

Starred in the Broadway production of "Compulsion", based on the Leopold and Loeb case

1955

Appeared in the inaugural season of the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT

1954

Off-Broadway debut, "The Homeward Look"

1948

Associate produced first film, "Kidnapped"; also acted

1946

Stage acting debut, "Young Woodley" in Westport, CT

1942

Loaned to MGM for "Lassie Come Home"; first screen work with Elizabeth Taylor

1940

Had featured role in John Ford's Oscar-winning "How Green Was My Valley"

1940

With mother and sister, moved to the USA to escape bombing of London during WWII

1940

Settled in Hollywood; put under contract at 20th Century-Fox

1937

Film debut, "Convict 99"

Began career as a child model

Appeared as an interviewee in several episodes of the A&E series "Biography"

Was French magistrate and bar owner Bon Chance Louis in the ABC adventure series "Tales of the Gold Monkey"

Worked as a portrait photographer for LOOK, LIFE and VOGUE magazines, among others

Appeared as guest actor on such series as "Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater", "Faith Baldwin's Theater of Romance" and "Chrysler Medallion Theater"

Toured in vaudeville in the late 1940s

Bonus Trivia

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He was named Screen Actors Guild representative to the National Film Preservation Board in 1989.

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He was awarded the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Silver Medallion Award for humanitarian achievement (1991)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in October 1998 that its collection of still photographs was renamed the Roddy McDowall Photo Archive.

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