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Malcolm McDowell

Lowest Rated:   0% Rag Tale (2005)
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Birthplace:   Leeds, West Yorkshire
Blue-eyed British actor Malcolm McDowell has a history of playing angry, cruel characters that still managed to be charming. Born in working-class Leeds, England, he sold coffee around Yorkshire before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late '60s. By 1967, he had made his big-screen debut in Poor Cow, the first feature-length film from director Ken Loach. Moving to New York, McDowell met director Lindsay Anderson and appeared in his off-Broadway production of Look Back in Anger. (He would reprise his role of angry young man Jimmy Porter in the 1980 film version.) He then played Mick Travis, the rebellious boarding school student in If.... (1968), a role he would continue in Anderson's next two films, O Lucky Man! (which he co-wrote) and Britannia Hospital (1982). Director Stanley Kubrick took notice of his work with Anderson and gave McDowell his international breakthrough with A Clockwork Orange, based upon the novel by Anthony Burgess. His portrayal of the sadistic Alex earned him two Best Actor nominations, but also cemented a dark image that would persist throughout his career. He would occasionally get breaks with characters such as Captain Flashman, the hero in the adventure satire Royal Flash or the naïve fighter in the WWI drama Aces High. But his unscrupulous reputation was reinforced in 1979, when he starred in the title role as the Roman emperor in Bob Guccione's notorious production of Caligula. He made his first American film the same year, playing H.G. Wells in Time After Time alongside young actress Mary Steenburgen (they were married from 1980-1990). McDowell went on to star in the horror remake Cat People, the action-adventure Blue Thunder, and the rock musical-comedy Get Crazy. McDowell made several TV movies toward the late '80s, including Gulag, Arthur the King, and Monte Carlo. After a serious bout with a persistent drug problem, his hair turned white and he started playing regular villains in largely forgettable U.S. releases. He had better casting luck abroad, such as the leading role in the Russian film Assassin of the Tsar. After a cameo in The Player in 1992, the actor started lending his voice talent to cartoons, including Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman: The Animated Series, Biker Mice From Mars, and the features The Fist of the North Star and Happily Ever After. He also provided the voice of Commodore Geoffrey Tolwyn for the Wing Commander video game series and subsequent cartoon. His villainous roles started to gravitate toward science fiction with Tank Girl, Cyborg 3: The Recycler, and, most notably, Dr. Soran in Star Trek: Generations. On television, he played the evil Benny Barrett on the BBC series Our Friends in the North and the sinister Mr. Roarke on the ABC revival series Fantasy Island. In the late '90s, he appeared in a lot of direct-to-video and made-for-cable movies before making a return to U.K. theatrical features with the family drama My Life So Far in 1999 and Gangster No. 1 in 2000. In 2003, he appeared in the horseracing film Hidalgo, Robert Altman's The Company, and the Russian film Evilenko as serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. For better or worse, McDowell's most recognizable role of the decade would likely be that of Dr. Samuel Loomis in Rob Zombie's Halloween (2008) and its 2009 sequel -- thouigh a recurring role on the NBC hit Heroes certainly didn't hurt in boosting his exposure among viewers too young to remember his dramatic defining roles. Occasional voice work in The Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb continued that trend - albiet in a less conspicuous manner -- then in 2011 the screen veteran turned in a brief but memorable performance in Michel Hazanavicius' Oscar favorite The Artist, proving that even without so much as a line of dialogue, McDowell still had the charisma to command the screen.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Walk of Fame
  • Evan Polus
2017
No Score Yet Mississippi Murder
  • McGowen
2017
50% 31
  • Father Murder
$0.8M 2016
No Score Yet Perché sono un genio! Lorenza Mazzetti
  • Actor
2016
100% Roger Corman's Death Race 2050
  • Chairman
2016
4% Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Gordon
2015
No Score Yet Scooby Doo! Moon Monster Madness
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Bereave
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Kids vs Monsters
  • Boss Monster
2015
No Score Yet Mischief Night
  • Mr. Smiles
2014
No Score Yet Mind's Eye (The Black Hole)
  • Mr. Simms
2014
No Score Yet Free Fall
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Employer
  • The Employer
  • Executive Producer
2013
17% A Green Story
  • Barton
$0.1M 2013
64% Antiviral
  • Dr. Abendroth
2013
No Score Yet Tbilisi, I Love You
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Meet the Small Potatoes
  • Lester Koop
2013
No Score Yet Zombex
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Sanitarium
  • Dr. Stenson
2013
No Score Yet Richard: The Lionheart
  • King Henry II
2013
No Score Yet Live Forever: A Ray Bradbury Odyssey
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
  • Sinclair
2012
64% Silent Night
  • Sheriff Cooper
$0.1M 2012
53% Vamps
  • Vlad Tepish
$0.1M 2012
5% Silent Hill: Revelation
  • Leonard Wolf
$17.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Unleashed
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet War and Peace: Part I
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Philadelphia Experiment
  • Actor
2012
81% Excision
  • Mr. Cooper
2012
No Score Yet Golf In The Kingdom
  • Julian Lange
2011
96% The Artist
  • The Butler
$44.7M 2011
No Score Yet Suing the Devil
  • Satan
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet What If Cannabis Cured Cancer
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Lego Hero Factory: Savage Planet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet L.A., I Hate You
  • Harold Weintraub
2011
No Score Yet The Spider
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection
  • Actor
2010
43% Barry Munday
  • Mr. Farley
2010
No Score Yet DC Showcase: Green Arrow
  • Actor
2010
85% Easy A
  • Principal Gibbons
$58.5M 2010
44% Suck
  • Eddie Van Helsig
2010
No Score Yet LEGO Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Tom And Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
  • Professor Moriarty
2010
19% H2: Halloween II
  • Dr. Samuel Loomis
$33.4M 2009
No Score Yet Super Rhino
  • Actor
2009
12% Delgo
  • Raius
$0.6M 2008
89% Bolt
  • Dr. Calico
$114.1M 2008
7% Red Roses and Petrol
  • Enda Doyle
2008
50% Doomsday
  • Kane
$11.0M 2008
No Score Yet Blue Gold: World Water Wars
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Coco Chanel
  • Marc Bouchier
2008
25% Halloween
  • Dr. Samuel Loomis
$58.2M 2007
67% Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson
  • Actor
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet The List
  • Desmond LaRochette
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction
  • Tibor Cargrew
2007
No Score Yet O Lucky Malcolm!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
  • Cairns
2006
No Score Yet Cut Off
  • James Barton
2006
No Score Yet Tempesta
  • Actor
2006
0% Rag Tale
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mirror Wars: Reflection One
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dinotopia: En Busca de la Piedra del Sol Escarlata
  • Ogthar
2005
No Score Yet Where Truth Lies
  • Dr. Vernon Renquist
2005
83% In Good Company
  • Teddy K.
$45.5M 2004
No Score Yet Pinocchio 3000
  • Scamboli
2004
26% Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
  • O.B. Keeler
$2.6M 2004
No Score Yet Evilenko
  • Andrei Evilenko
2004
47% Hidalgo
  • Lord Davenport (uncredited)
$67.3M 2004
43% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  • Boad
$0.3M 2004
No Score Yet Pact with the Devil
  • Actor
2004
71% The Company
  • Alberto Antonelli
2003
No Score Yet Inhabited
  • Dr. Werner
2003
No Score Yet Tempo
  • Walter Sherenger
2003
No Score Yet The Barber
  • Dexter Miles
2002
15% I Spy
  • Gundars
$33.2M 2002
25% Between Strangers
  • Alan
2002
No Score Yet Shadow Realm
  • Martin Hudson
2002
No Score Yet Firestarter 2: Rekindled
  • John Rainbird
2002
No Score Yet The Void
  • Dr. Thomas Abernathy
2001
33% Just Visiting
  • Wizard
2001
No Score Yet Princess of Thieves
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
2001
No Score Yet Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar)
  • YurovskyTimofeyev
2001
85% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor
2001
60% Britannia Hospital
  • Mick Travis
2001
No Score Yet Terminal Countdown
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Pact With The Devil
  • Henry Wooten
2001
No Score Yet St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Island of the Dead
  • Rupert King
2000
71% Gangster No. 1
  • Gangster 55
2000
No Score Yet Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
  • Actor
2000
70% My Life So Far
  • Morris Macintosh
1999
No Score Yet Southern Cross
  • Felipe Solano
1999
No Score Yet Can of Worms
  • Barnabus
1999
No Score Yet Garden Of Evil (The Gardener)
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Fatal Pursuit
  • Bechtel
1998
No Score Yet Beings (Fairy King of Ar)
  • Ian
1998
No Score Yet The First 9 1/2 Weeks
  • Francois Dubois
1998
7% Mr. Magoo
  • Austin Cloquet
1997
31% Hugo Pool
  • Henry
1997
No Score Yet Kids of the Round Table
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Asylum
  • Sullivan Rane
1997
No Score Yet Short 2: Dreams
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet 2103: The Deadly Wake
  • Captain Murdoch
1997
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Yesterday's Target
  • Holden
1996
No Score Yet The Little Riders
  • Capt. Kessel
1996
No Score Yet The Man Who Wouldn't Die
  • Drake
1995
38% Tank Girl
  • Kesslee
1995
No Score Yet Exquisite Tenderness (The Surgeon) (Die Bestie im weißen Kittel)
  • Dr. Roger Stein
1995
No Score Yet Fist of the North Star
  • Ryuken
1995
No Score Yet Kids of the Round Table
  • Merlin
1995
No Score Yet Sharks of the Red Triangle
  • Actor
1995
49% Star Trek Generations
  • Soran
1994
No Score Yet Cyborg 3
  • Lord Talon
1994
8% Milk Money
  • Waltzer
1994
No Score Yet Night Train to Venice
  • Stranger
1994
No Score Yet Dangerous Indiscretion
  • Roger Everett
1994
No Score Yet In the Eye of the Snake
  • Professor Baldwin
1994
80% Bopha!
  • De Villiers
1993
36% Happily Ever After
  • Lord Maliss
1993
No Score Yet East Wind (Vent d'est)
  • Actor
1993
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Chain of Desire
  • Hubert
1992
No Score Yet Light in the Jungle
  • Albert Schweitzer
1991
No Score Yet Jezebel's Kiss
  • Faberson
1990
60% Class of 1999
  • Dr. Miles Langford
1990
No Score Yet Moon 44
  • Major Lee
1990
No Score Yet Disturbed
  • Dr. Derek Russell
1990
No Score Yet Buy & Cell
  • Warden Tennant
1989
17% Sunset
  • Alperin
1988
No Score Yet The Caller
  • The Caller
1987
No Score Yet Monte Carlo
  • Christopher Quinn
1986
No Score Yet Gulag
  • Kenneth "Englishman" Barrington
1985
No Score Yet Arthur the King (Merlin & the Sword)
  • King Arthur
1985
No Score Yet The Compleat Beatles
  • Narrator
1984
84% Blue Thunder
  • Col. F.E. Cochrane
1983
64% Cross Creek
  • Max Perkins
1983
No Score Yet Get Crazy
  • Reggie
1983
65% Cat People
  • Paul
1982
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger
  • Actor
1980
86% Time After Time
  • H.G. Wells
1979
24% Caligula
  • Caligula
1979
No Score Yet The Passage
  • Capt. Von Berkow
1979
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Max Gunte
1976
No Score Yet Aces High
  • Maj. John Gresham
1976
No Score Yet Royal Flash
  • Capt. Harry Flashman
1975
82% O Lucky Man!
  • Mick Travis
1973
90% A Clockwork Orange
  • Alex
1971
No Score Yet Figures in a Landscape
  • Ansell
1971
No Score Yet The Raging Moon (Long Ago, Tomorrow)
  • Bruce
1971
97% If....
  • Mick
1968
57% Poor Cow
  • Billy
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Mozart in the Jungle
2014
  • Thomas
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Stanton Infeld
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Professor Noel Cornwallis
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Bret Stiles Brett Stiles
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Darren Vogel
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Linderman Mr. Linderman
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Terrance
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Jonas
  • 2006
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Julian Hodge
  • 2006
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Dr. Bruga
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1980
No Score Yet Metalocalypse
  • Actor
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North
1996
  • Actor

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