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Roddy McDowall ACTOR


Roddy McDowall was born on September 17th, 1928 in Herne Hill, London in the United Kingdom with the birth name Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall.  His father, Thomas McDowall was a Merchant Mariner and his mother, Winifred Corcoran always had aspirations for her son to be a movie star.
By the age of five his mother enrolled him in acting classes and by the age of ten he debuted in his first film, "Murder in the Family" (1938).  When World War II began, his mother took both her children and relocated to the United States.  He continued to pursue his acting career, working next on the film, "How Green Was My Valley" (1941) starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and Anna Lee, which won the Oscar for Best Film of the year and directed by John Ford
McDowall continued to work on films as a child actor starring in such movies as, "The Pied Piper" (1942), "My Friend Flicka" (1943) starring with Preston Foster, Rita Johnson and James Bell and "Lassie Come Home" (1943) starring alongside Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Elsa Lanchester, Edmund Gwenn and Nigel Bruce.  When he turned eighteen he left Hollywood and decided to see what working on the stage was all about.  He relocated to New York City and worked no Broadway as well as Connecticut's Stratford Festival performing in a number of Shakespeare plays.  His final stage performance was playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the production of, "A Christmas Carol" (1997).
In total, McDowall appeared in over 150 films such as, "Cleopatra" (1963) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, "The Longest Day" (1962) starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Curt Jurgens, Eddie Albert, Edmond O'Brien, Peter Lawford, Richard Burton and Rod Steiger, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) starring an ensemble cast including Max von Sydow, Charlton Heston, Dorothy McGuire, Telly Savalas and Jose Ferrer just to name a few and "Planet of the Apes" (1968) co-starring Charlton Heston, James Whitmore, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, James Daly and Linda Harrison along with 3 other "Planet of the Apes" films.  He also starred in, "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" (1974) starring Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Rourke and Vic Morrow, "Evil Under the Sun" (1982) starring Peter Ustinov, James Mason and Diana Rigg and "Class of 1984" (1982) starring Perry King, Michael J. Fox and Timothy Van Patten.  Along with his film and stage work he also did a variety of television shows such as, "Batman" (1992-1994) and "Pinky and the Brain" (1996-1998).  McDowall was also very interested in photography as a side hobby and managed alongside his busy acting career to publish a total of five photography books displaying all his work.      

He was honored in 1998 by the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his acting career and his photography.  He passed away on October 3rd, 1998 in Studio city, California from lung cancer and his ashes were scattered.  It has been documented that his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean but that is not actually true, however it is unknown what ever came of his ashes.  
Even today, many who knew him speak highly of him as a good man who never made an enemy throughout his lifetime.  Roddy never married and although he never made any public announcements about his personal preferences, rumor has it he was a closet homosexual.   

1999 Godzilla: The Series
1998 A Bug's Life 
1998 Superman
1998 The New Batman Adventures
1996-1998 Pinky and the Brain 
1998 Something to Believe In
1998 When It Clicks 
1997 The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo 
1997 Loss of Faith
1996 Unlikely Angel
1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles
1996 Remember WENN
1996 Dead Man's Island
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man
1996 Gargoyles
1996 Tracey Takes On... 
1996 It's My Party 
1996 Bullet Hearts 
1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons 
1995 The Grass Harp
1995 The Alien Within 
1995 Star Hunter 
1994 The Tick 
1994 Angel 4: Undercover
1992-1994 Batman
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance 
1994 Burke's Law
1994 Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is 
1994 Heads
1994 Red Planet 
1994 Galaxy Beat 
1994 The Color of Evening 
1993 Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
1993 2 Stupid Dogs
1991-1995 Darkwing Duck
1993 Dream On
1993 The Evil Inside Me 
1992 The Sands of Time 
1992 Quantum Leap 
1990-1992 The New Lassie
1992 IDouble Trouble 
1992 The Naked Target 
1992 Camp Candy
1991 Deadly Game 
1991 An Inconvenient Woman 
1991 Earth Angel 
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water 
1990 Going Under 
1989 Heroes Stand Alone
1989 Nightmare Classics
1989 Cutting Class 
1989 Around the World in 80 Days
1987-1989 Matlock
1985-1989 Murder, She Wrote 
1989 The Big Picture 
1988 Fright Night Part 2 
1988 Remo Williams 
1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth 
1987 Overboard
1987 The Wind in the Willows
1987 The Wizard
1987 Dead of Winter
1986 GoBots: War of the Rock Lords
1986 Bridges to Cross 
1985 George Burns Comedy Week
1985 Alice in Wonderland 
1985 Fright Night
1985 Hollywood Wives
1985 Zoo Ship
1984 Hotel
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood 
1983 This Girl for Hire 
1983 Small & Frye
1982-1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey 
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre
1979-1982 Fantasy Island
1982 Class of 1984
1982 Mae West
1982 Twilight Theater
1982 Evil Under the Sun
1981 The Million Dollar Face 
1981 Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 
1980 Here's Boomer
1980 The Return of the King
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker
1980 The Martian Chronicles
1979 Scavenger Hunt 
1979 The Black Hole
1979 Mork & Mindy
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979 Trapper John, M.D.
1979 A Man Called Sloane
1979 Hart to Hart
1979 Nutcracker Fantasy
1979 Supertrain
1979 $weepstake$
1979 The Love Boat
1979 Flying High 
1978 The Thief of Baghdad
1978 The Immigrants 
1977-1978 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman
1978 Circle of Iron 
1978 The Cat from Outer Space
1978 Rabbit Test 
1978 Laserblast 
1977 The Feather and Father Gang
1977 The Fantastic Journey
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange
1977 Sixth and Main 
1976 Flood!
1976 Embryo
1976 Harry O
1976 Mowgli's Brothers
1976 Ellery Queen
1976 Mean Johnny Barrows 
1975 Police Woman
1975 The White Seal 
1975 Funny Lady 
1974 Planet of the Apes
1974 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry 
1974 The Snoop Sisters 
1974 The Elevator 
1973 Miracle on 34th Street
1973 Arnold 
1972-1973 Love, American Style
1973 McMillan & Wife
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes 
1973 The Legend of Hell House 
1973 Barnaby Jones 
1973 Topper Returns 
1972 McCloud
1972 Mission: Impossible
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
1972 The Poseidon Adventure 
1972 The Rookies
1972 The Delphi Bureau 
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 
1972 Columbo
1971 What's a Nice Girl Like You...? 
1971 Ironside
1971 A Taste of Evil
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks 
1971 Terror in the Sky 
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes 
1971 Pretty Maids All in a Row 
1971 Journey to Murder
1970 Medical Center
1968-1970 The Name of the Game 
1969 Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1969 Angel, Angel, Down We Go
1969 Hello Down There 
1969 Midas Run
1969 It Takes a Thief
1969 Journey to the Unknown
1968 5 Card Stud 
1968 The Legend of Robin Hood 
1968 Planet of the Apes 
1968 Felony Squad
1967 Cricket on the Hearth 
1956-1967 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1967 It! 
1967 The Cool Ones 
1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin 
1967 The Invaders 
1964-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1966 The Defector 
1966 Batman 
1966 Run for Your Life
1966 12 O'Clock High
1966 Lord Love a Duck 
1965 Inside Daisy Clover 
1965 That Darn Cat! 
1965 The Loved One 
1965 The Third Day 
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told 
1965 Ben Casey 
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre
1964 Combat
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1964 Shock Treatment 
1964 The Eleventh Hour
1963 Arrest and Trial
1963 Cleopatra 
1962 The Longest Day 
1961 The Power and the Glory
1961 Play of the Week
1961 Naked City
1960 Sunday Showcase
1960 Midnight Lace
1960 The Subterraneans
1960 Twilight Zone
1960 The Tempest 
1959 The DuPont Show of the Month
1959 Oldsmobile Music Theatre
1959 The United States Steel Hour
1958 Playhouse 90 
1958 The Big Country 
1958 Suspicion
1957-1958 Matinee Theatre
1952-1958 Kraft Theatre 
1957 The Alcoa Hour
1954-1957 Goodyear Playhouse
1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour
1956 G.E. True Theater
1954-1955 Ponds Theater
1954 The Elgin Hour 
1951-1954 Robert Montgomery Presents
1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre
1954 Campbell Summer Soundstage
1954 Medallion Theatre
1952 Broadway Television Theatre
1951-1952 Lux Video Theatre
1952 The Steel Fist 
1951 Celanese Theatre
1951 Family Theatre
1950 Big Timber 
1950 Everybody's Dancin' 
1950 Killer Shark 
1949 Black Midnight 
1949 Tuna Clipper 
1948 Kidnapped
1948 Macbeth 
1948 Rocky 
1946 Holiday in Mexico 
1945 Molly and Me 
1945 Thunderhead - Son of Flicka 
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom 
1944 The White Cliffs of Dover 
1943 Lassie Come Home
1943 My Friend Flicka 
1942 The Pied Piper 
1942 On the Sunny Side 
1942 Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
1941 Confirm or Deny 
1941 How Green Was My Valley 
1941 This England 
1941 Man Hunt
1941 You Will Remember 
1940 Saloon Bar 
1940 Just William 
1940 Dead Man's Shoes
1940 Murder Will Out
1940 His Brother's Keeper
1939 Poison Pen
1939 The Outsider 
1938 Hey! Hey! USA 
1938 Yellow Sands 
1938 Scruffy 
1938 Convict 99 
1938 John Halifax 
1938 Murder in the Family 
1938 I See Ice 
1938 Sarah Siddons

Matinee Classics - 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Justice, Yaphet Koto, Denver Pyle, Whit Bissell, Ted de Corsia and John Anderson
Matinee Classics - The Longest Day starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Richard Beymer, Mel Ferrer, Jeffrey Hunter, Paul Anka, Sal Mineo, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Roddy McDowall and George Segal
Matinee Classics - Battle for the Planet of the Apes starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, John Huston, Paul Williams, Austin Stoker, Noah Keen, Richard Eastham, France Nuyen, Paul Stevens, Heather Lowe, Bobby Porter and Michael Stearns
Matinee Classics - Mean Johnny Barrows starring Fred Williamson, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Caruso, Luther Adler, R.G. Armstrong, Elliott Gould, Mike Henry and Aaron Banks
Matinee Classics - Molly And Me starring Gracie Fields, Roddy McDowall, Monty Woolley, Aminta Dyne, Edith Barrett, Reginald Gardiner, Queenie Leonard, Doris Lloyd, Patrick O'Moore, Lewis L. Russell, David Clyde and Matthew Boulton
Matinee Classics - Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Robert Gunner, Lou Wagner, Woodrow Parfrey, Jeff Burton, Buck Kartalian, Norman Burton, Wright King and Paul Lambert
Matinee Classics - Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Robert Gunner, Lou Wagner, Woodrow Parfrey, Jeff Burton, Buck Kartalian, Norman Burton, Wright King and Paul Lambert
Matinee Classics - Son of Fury starring Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, Kay Johnson, John Carradine, Harry Davenport, Dudley Digges, Roddy McDowall, Halliwell Hobbes and Ray Mala
Matinee Classics - That Darn Cat! starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Frank Gorshin, Richard Eastham, Grayson Hall, Tom Lowell, Richard Deacon, Iris Adrian, Liam Sullivan and Don Dorrell
Matinee Classics - That Darn Cat! starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Frank Gorshin, Richard Eastham, Grayson Hall, Tom Lowell, Richard Deacon, Iris Adrian, Liam Sullivan and Don Dorrell

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