Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall

  • Highest Rated: 100% Midnight Lace (1960)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
  • Birthday: Sep 17, 1928
  • Birthplace: Herne Hill, London, England
  • British actor Roddy McDowall's father was an officer in the English merchant marine, and his mother was a would-be actress. When it came time to choose a life's calling, McDowall bowed to his mother's influence. After winning an acting prize in a school play, he was able to secure film work in Britain, beginning at age ten with 1938's Scruffy. He appeared in 16 roles of varying sizes and importance before he and his family were evacuated to the U.S. during the 1940 Battle of Britain. McDowall arrival in Hollywood coincided with the wishes of 20th Century-Fox executive Darryl F. Zanuck to create a "new Freddie Bartholomew." He tested for the juvenile lead in Fox's How Green Was My Valley (1941), winning both the role and a long contract. McDowall's first adult acting assignment was as Malcolm in Orson Welles' 1948 film version of Macbeth; shortly afterward, he formed a production company with Macbeth co-star Dan O'Herlihy. McDowall left films for the most part in the 1950s, preferring TV and stage work; among his Broadway credits were No Time for Sergeants, Compulsion, (in which he co-starred with fellow former child star Dean Stockwell) and Lerner and Loewe's Camelot (as Mordred). McDowall won a 1960 Tony Award for his appearance in the short-lived production The Fighting Cock. The actor spent the better part of the early 1960s playing Octavius in the mammoth production Cleopatra, co-starring with longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor. An accomplished photographer, McDowall was honored by having his photos of Taylor and other celebrities frequently published in the leading magazines of the era. He was briefly an advising photographic editor of Harper's Bazaar, and in 1966 published the first of several collections of his camerawork, Double Exposure. McDowall's most frequent assignments between 1968 and 1975 found him in elaborate simian makeup as Cornelius in the Planet of the Apes theatrical films and TV series. Still accepting the occasional guest-star film role and theatrical assignment into the 1990s, McDowall towards the end of his life was most active in the administrative end of show business, serving on the executive boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A lifelong movie collector (a hobby which once nearly got him arrested by the FBI), McDowall has also worked diligently with the National Film Preservation Board. In August, 1998, he was elected president of the Academy Foundation. One of Hollywood's last links to its golden age and much-loved by old and new stars alike -- McDowell was famed for his kindness, generosity and loyalty (friends could tell McDowall any secret and be sure of its safety) -- McDowall's announcement that he was suffering from terminal cancer a few weeks before he died rocked the film community, and many visited the ailing actor in his Studio City home. Shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer, McDowall had provided the voiceover for Disney/Pixar's animated feature A Bug's Life. A few days prior to McDowall's passing, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named its photo archive after him.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Keepers of the Frame Actor 1999
92% A Bug's Life Mr. Soil 1998
60% Behind the Planet of the Apes Host 1998
No Score Yet Precious Moments: Timmy's Gift Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book King Murphy 1997
No Score Yet Unlikely Angel Saint Peter 1996
50% The Grass Harp Amos Legrand 1996
47% It's My Party Damian Knowles 1996
No Score Yet Bullet Hearts Actor 1996
64% Last Summer in the Hamptons Thomas 1995
No Score Yet Unknown Origin Dr. Henry Lazarus 1995
No Score Yet Star Hunter Actor 1995
No Score Yet Heads Fibris Drake 1994
No Score Yet Angel 4: Undercover (Angel 4: Assault with a Deadly Weapon) (Undercover Angel) Geoffrey Kagen 1994
No Score Yet Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance Dr. Lasky 1994
No Score Yet Fatally Yours Pauly 1993
No Score Yet Double Trouble Philip Chamberlain 1992
No Score Yet The Sands of Time Actor 1992
No Score Yet Earth Angel Mr. Tatum 1991
No Score Yet Going Under Secretary Neighbor 1991
No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman Cyril Rathbone 1991
No Score Yet Deadly Game Doctor Aaron 1991
91% The Big Picture Judge 1989
No Score Yet Heroes Stand Alone Actor 1989
25% Cutting Class Mr. Dante 1989
25% Fright Night 2 Peter Vincent 1989
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days McBaines 1989
No Score Yet Shakma Prof. Sorenson 1989
No Score Yet Carmilla Inspector Amos 1989
No Score Yet Remo Williams Actor 1988
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth Actor 1988
45% Overboard Andrew Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Wind In The Willows Ratty 1987
83% Dead of Winter Mr. Murray 1986
20% Gobots - Battle of the Rock Lords Nuggit 1986
91% Fright Night Peter Vincent 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland March Hare 1985
No Score Yet The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Actor 1984
86% Evil Under the Sun Rex Brewster 1982
74% Class of 1984 Terry Corrigan 1982
No Score Yet Mae West Rene Valentine 1982
No Score Yet Hollywood's Children Narrator 1982
33% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Gillespie 1981
No Score Yet Farewell to the Planet of the Apes Actor 1981
67% The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee 1980
No Score Yet The Martian Chronicles Father Stone 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Jenkins 1979
No Score Yet Nutcracker Fantasy Franz Fritz 1979
43% Circle of Iron White Robe 1979
40% The Black Hole V.I.N.CENT 1979
67% The Cat from Outer Space Mr. Stallwood 1978
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Gypsy Grandmother/Dr. Fishbind 1978
No Score Yet The Thief of Baghdad Hasani 1978
No Score Yet Laserblast Dr. Mellon 1977
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange Actor 1977
No Score Yet Flood! Franklin 1976
No Score Yet Embryo Frank Riley 1976
No Score Yet Mowgli's Brothers Actor 1976
No Score Yet White Seal Actor 1975
36% Funny Lady Bobby Moore 1975
No Score Yet Mean Johnny Barrows Tony Da Vince 1975
50% Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Stanton 1974
No Score Yet Back to the Planet of the Apes (The New Planet of the Apes) Actor 1974
No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Dr. Henry Sawyer 1973
No Score Yet Arnold Robert 1973
62% The Legend of Hell House Benjamin Franklin Fischer 1973
37% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes Caesar 1973
75% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Frank Gass 1972
79% The Poseidon Adventure Acres 1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Short Fuse Actor 1972
48% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes Caesar 1972
66% Bedknobs and Broomsticks Mr. Jelk 1971
78% Escape from the Planet of the Apes Cornelius 1971
10% Pretty Maids All in a Row Mr. Proffer 1971
No Score Yet Tam Lin Director 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery Actor 1969
No Score Yet Hello Down There Nate Ashbury 1969
No Score Yet Angel, Angel, Down We Go Santoro 1969
88% Planet of the Apes Cornelius 1968
No Score Yet 5 Card Stud Nick Evers 1968
No Score Yet It! (Anger of the Golem)(Curse of the Golem) Arthur Pimm 1967
No Score Yet The Cool Ones Tony Krum 1967
43% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Bullwhip Griffin 1967
No Score Yet Cricket on the Hearth Actor 1967
71% Lord Love a Duck Alan 'Mollymauk' Musgrave 1966
36% Inside Daisy Clover Walter Baines 1966
No Score Yet The Defector Agent Adams 1966
94% That Darn Cat! Gregory Benson 1965
47% The Loved One D.J. Jr. 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Matthew 1965
No Score Yet The Third Day Oliver Parsons 1965
61% Cleopatra Octavian/Caesar Augustus 1963
87% The Longest Day Private Morris 1962
No Score Yet The Subterraneans Yuri Gilgoric 1960
100% Midnight Lace Malcolm 1960
No Score Yet Hill Number One Pvt. Huntington 1951
88% Macbeth Malcolm 1950
No Score Yet Everybody's Dancin' Himself - Cameo appearance 1950
No Score Yet Kidnapped David Balfour 1948
No Score Yet Holiday in Mexico Stanley Owen 1946
No Score Yet Molly and Me Jimmy Graham 1945
No Score Yet Thunderhead---Son of Flicka Ken McLaughlin 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Younger Francis Chisholm 1944
86% My Friend Flicka Ken McLaughlin 1944
80% The White Cliffs of Dover John Ashwood II as a Boy 1944
94% Lassie Come Home Joe Carraclough 1943
100% The Pied Piper Ronnie Cavanaugh 1942
No Score Yet On the Sunny Side Hugh Aylesworth 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Benjamin as a Boy 1942
92% Man Hunt Vaner The Cabin Boy 1941
91% How Green Was My Valley Huw Morgan 1941
No Score Yet This England Norman Boy 1941
No Score Yet Dead Man's Shoes Boy 1940
No Score Yet Saloon Bar Actor 1940
No Score Yet Hey! Hey! U.S.A. Boy 1938
No Score Yet I See Ice Boy (uncredited) 1938

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

97% Batman: The Animated Series
1992-1995
Voice
  • 1999
  • 1992
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1996
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
Edward St. John
  • 1992
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Christopher Hoyt Don Mosher
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Alger Kenyon Gordon Fairchild
  • 1989
  • 1985
95% Mork & Mindy
1978-1982
Robot
  • 1979
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Rev. Barnaby Box
  • 1979
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Roberts
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Planet of the Apes
1974
Galen
  • 1974
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Roger Stanford
  • 1972
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Leo Ostro
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1971
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Roger
  • 1970
  • 1969
93% Batman
1966-1968
The Bookworm
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Sam Conrad
  • 1960
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Jeremy
100% The Pirates of Dark Water
1992
Voice

QUOTES FROM Roddy McDowall CHARACTERS

Lucius
Why did you do that? Scrape off your hair?
Cornelius
It makes you look somehow ... less intelligent.
Cornelius
It makes you look somehow less intelligent.
Andrew Butler
Oh no, madam. Oh no. You... most of us go through life with blinders on. Knowing only that little station to which we were born. But you madam, have had the... rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you.
Caesar
Where there is fire, there is smoke. And, in that smoke, from this day foreword, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of man's downfall, the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind, the day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble, when the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland, out of which I will lead my people from their captivity, and we shall build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends. We shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! That day is upon you now!
D.J. Jr.
There has got to be a way to get these stiffs off my property.
Peter Vincent
Mrs. Brewster. My God, the phone lines have been cut. [Evil Ed arises from under the bed sheets with a wig on]
Evil Ed
I know. [giggling] I DID IT!
Peter Vincent
Where is Charley's mother?
Evil Ed
[removes the wig] Oh, well, she's working nights. BUT!... she left a note. [He chuckles like a speed freak as he removes the note from his pocket. He reads it] Mmmmmm mmm! His dinner... is in the oven!
Caesar
Destiny is the will of God, and if it is Man's destiny to be dominated, it is God's will that he be dominated with compassion and understanding.
Cornelius
[reading from the sacred scroll] Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle liar, for he is the harbinger of death.
Peter Vincent
Welcome to this fright night...
Lt. Charles Pizer
Vincent, were you programmed to bug me?
V.I.N.CENT
No, sir, to educate you.
Lt. Charles Pizer
We'd be better off without you and Maximilian trying to knock heads.
V.I.N.CENT
I can handle that thing.
Lt. Charles Pizer
Well, far be it from you to admit there isn't anything you can't handle.
V.I.N.CENT
There are three basic types, Mr. Pizer: the Wills, the Won'ts, and the Can'ts. The Wills accomplish everything, the Won'ts oppose everything, and the Can'ts won't try anything.
Capt. Dan Holland
Well, do us all a favor, V.I.N.CENT, and try to be a Can't, especially where that monster is concerned. We need you, not another corkscrew.
Peter Vincent
First we need some holy water, and some communion wafers.
Alex
Communion wafers? The stuff you get from the church? Am I going to hell for this?
Charley Brewster
It was a performance.
Peter Vincent
She cast no reflection!
Peter Vincent
(after Charley apologizes for thinking that Regine is a vampire) - Such a thing simply could not happen twice, Charley!
Peter Vincent
(after Charley apologizes for thinking that Regine is a vampire) Such a thing simply could not happen twice, Charley!
Peter Vincent
(on his TV show) - This is Peter Vincent...back once more with you...as host of Fright Night. I thought I'd let the vampires rest for a little while...Right, Charley?
Peter Vincent
(on his TV show) This is Peter Vincent back once more with you...as host of Fright Night. I thought I'd let the vampires rest for a little while. Right, Charley?
Peter Vincent
(runs into Charley's house for help, and thinks he found Charley's mother in bed) - Thank God. The phone wires have been cut.
Peter Vincent
(runs into Charley's house for help, and thinks he found Charley's mother in bed) Thank God. The phone wires have been cut.
Evil Ed
(jumps out from under the bed covers, all vamped out) - I know...I did it!
Evil Ed
(jumps out from under the bed covers, all vamped out) I know I did it!
Peter Vincent
(scared) - Where is Charley's mother?
Peter Vincent
(scared) Where is Charley's mother?
Evil Ed
Well, apparently she's working nights. But she left a note (pulls out a note and reads it) - Hmmmm hmm...His dinner's in the oven!
Evil Ed
Well, apparently she's working nights. But she left a note (pulls out a note and reads it) Hmmmm hmm. His dinner's in the oven!
Peter Vincent
(holds a crucifix up to Jerry's face) - Back, spawn of Satan!
Peter Vincent
(holds a crucifix up to Jerry's face) Back, spawn of Satan!
Jerry Dandridge
(laughs) - Oh, really? You have to have faith...for this to work on me...Mr. Vincent!
Jerry Dandridge
(laughs) Oh, really? You have to have faith for this to work on me Mr. Vincent!
Peter Vincent
(surprises Charley by showing up to the vampire's house) - Peter Vincent. Ready to do battle with the undead!
Peter Vincent
(surprises Charley by showing up to the vampire's house) Ready to do battle with the undead!
Evil Ed
(now a vampire - attacking Peter Vincent) - I used to admire you. You know that? But, of course...that was before...I found out what a fake you were! Peter Vincent..."the great vampire killer" (Peter burns his head with a crucifix) - What have you done to me? - (crying)
Evil Ed
(now a vampire - attacking Peter Vincent) I used to admire you. You know that? But, of course, that was before I found out what a fake you were! Peter Vincent. 'the great vampire killer' (Peter burns his head with a crucifix) What have you done to me? (crying)
Peter Vincent
Back!
Evil Ed
(crying) - The master will kill you for this...But not fast. Slowly...Oh, so slowly.
Evil Ed
(crying) The master will kill you for this, but not fast. Slowly...Oh, so slowly.
Peter Vincent
(about Charley Brewster) - Your friend needs a psychiatrist, not a vampire killer.
Peter Vincent
(about Charley Brewster) Your friend needs a psychiatrist, not a vampire killer.
Evil Ed
Remember a fruitcake kid named Charley Brewster? He said he saw you.
Amy Peterson
He's the one who believes a vampire lives next to him.
Peter Vincent
Oh, yes. You know, he is insane!
Peter Vincent
I have just been fired because nobody wants to see vampire killers any more...or vampires either. Apparently all they want are demented madmen...running around in ski masks hacking up young virgins.
Peter Vincent
I have just been fired because nobody wants to see vampire killers any more, or vampires either. Apparently all they want are demented madmen, running around in ski masks hacking up young virgins.
Charley Brewster
I believe in vampires.
Peter Vincent
That's nice. If only there had been more of you, perhaps my ratings would've been higher.
Charley Brewster
In fact, I have one living next door to me. Would you help me kill him?
Peter Vincent
Pardon me?
Charley Brewster
You know that murder a few days ago?
Peter Vincent
Yes.
Charley Brewster
The guy who lives next door to me did it, and he's a vampire.
Peter Vincent
If this is your idea of a joke, I am not amused.
Joe Carraclough
You're my Lassie come home.
Huw Morgan
Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still -- real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then.