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Roddy McDowall
McDowall in April 1988
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall

(1928-09-17)September 17, 1928
Herne Hill, London, England
Died October 3, 1998(1998-10-03) (aged 70)
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938 - 1999

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was a British television, movie, stage, voice, radio, child actor and photographer. He is known for his soft smooth voice and for his role as Cornelius and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movie series. He won a Tony Award, a Emmy Award, and a Saturn Award.

McDowall was born on September 17, 1928 in Herne Hill, London, England. McDowall was never married and had no children. McDowall was a closeted homosexual. McDowall died on October 3, 1998 from lung cancer in his Studio City, Los Angeles, California home, aged 70.



  • Murder in the Family (1938) as Peter Osborne
  • John Halifax (1938) as Boy
  • Dead Man's Shoes (1940) as Boy
  • Just William (1940) as Ginger
  • You Will Remember (1941) as Young Bob Slater
  • Man Hunt (1941) as Vaner
  • This England (1941) as Hugo, Norman Boy
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941) as Huw Morgan
  • Confirm or Deny (1941) as Albert Perkins
  • The Pied Piper (1942) as Ronnie Cavanaugh
  • My Friend Flicka (1943) as Ken McLaughlin
  • Lassie Come Home (1943) as Joe Carraclough
  • The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) as John Ashwood II as a Boy
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) as Francis Chisholm – as a Boy
  • Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945) as Ken McLaughlin
  • Molly and Me (1945) as Jimmy Graham
  • Holiday in Mexico (1946) as Stanley Owen
  • Rocky (1948) as Chris Hammond
  • Macbeth (1948) as Malcolm
  • Big Timber (1950) as Jimmy
  • Killer Shark (1950) as Ted
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat (1950; short subject)
  • The Steel Fist (1952) as Eric Kardin
  • The Big Country (1958) as Hannassey Watchman (uncredited)
  • The Subterraneans (1960) as Yuri Gilgoric
  • Midnight Lace (1960) as Malcolm Stanley
  • The Longest Day (1962) as Pvt. Morris
  • Cleopatra (1963) as Octavian – Caesar Augustus
  • Shock Treatment (1964) as Martin Ashley
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Matthew
  • The Defector (1966) as Agent Adams
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) as Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Cool Ones (1967) as Tony Krum
  • It! (1967) as Arthur Pimm
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) as Cornelius
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) as Proffer
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) as Cornelius
  • Terror in the Sky (1971) as Dr. Ralph Baird
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) as Mr. Rowan Jelk
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar
  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) as Frank Gass
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) as Acres
  • Arnold (1973) as Robert
  • The Legend of Hell House (1973) as Benjamin Franklin Fischer
  • The Cat from Outer Space (1978) as Mr. Stallwood
  • Circle of Iron (1978) as White Robe
  • The Thief of Baghdad (1978) as Hasan
  • Nutcracker Fantasy (1979) as Franz / Fritz (voice)
  • Scavenger Hunt (1979) as Jenkins
  • The Black Hole (1979) as V.I.N.CENT
  • Overboard (1987) as Andrew
  • Fright Night Part 2 (1988) as Peter Vincent
  • The Big Picture (1989) as Judge
  • Cutting Class (1989) as Mr. Dante
  • Shakma (1990) as Sorenson
  • Going Under (1990) as Secretary Neighbor
  • Harold Lloyd, The Third Genius (1990 documentary)
  • Precious Moments Christmas: "Timmy's Gift" (1991) as narrator (voice)
  • Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1992) as Minister
  • The Magical World of Chuck Jones (1992 documentary)
  • The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997) as King Murphy
  • Something to Believe In (1998) as Gambler
  • A Bug's Life (1998) as Mr. Soil (voice)
  • When It Clicks (1998) (short subject) as Professor Bark


Year Title Role Notes
1951 Family Theatre Private Huntington (The Professor) Episode: "Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration"
1960 The Twilight Zone Sam Conrad Season 1, Episode 25: "People Are Alike All Over"
1960 The Tempest Ariel TV movie
1964 Combat! Murfree Season 3, Episode 13: "The Long Walk"
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Robert "Professor" Benson Season 2, Episode 11: "The Wine-Dark Sea"
1965 Ben Casey Dwight Franklin Season 4, Episode 19: "When I am grown to Man's Estate"
1966 12 O'Clock High "T" / Sgt. Willets Season 2, Episode 24: "Angel Babe"
1966 Batman Bookworm Season 1, Episode 29: "The Bookworm Turns"
Season 1, Episode: 30 "While Gotham City Burns"
1966 Run for Your Life Gyula Bognar Episode: "Don't Count on Tomorrow"
1969 Journey to the Unknown Rollo Verdew Season 1, Episode 12: "The Killing Bottle"
1969 It Takes a Thief Roger Season 2, Episode 19: "Boom at the Top"
1969 Night Gallery Jeremy Evans "The Cemetery" segment
1969 The Name of the Game Philip Saxon Season 1, Episode 11: "The White Birch"
1970 The Name of the Game Early McCorley Season 3, Episode 12: "Why I Blew Up Dakota"
1971 Terror in the Sky Dr. Ralph Baird TV movie
1972 Columbo Roger Stanford Episode: "Short Fuse"
1972 The Rookies: Dirge for Sunday Fenner Episode: "Dirge for Sunday"
1972 Mission: Impossible Leo Ostro Episode: The Puppet
1973 McMillan & Wife Jamie McMillan Episode: "Death of a Monster... Birth of a Legend"
1974 Planet of the Apes Galen 14 episodes
1974 The Elevator Marvin Ellis TV movie
1976 Ellery Queen The Amazing Armitage Season 1, Episode: 12 "The Adventure of the Black Falcon"
1976 Flood! Mr. Franklin TV movie
1976 Mowgli's Brothers Narrator / Mowgli / Shere Khan / Baloo / Bagheera / Tabaqui Voice, TV Short
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Vincent Stoddard Season 1, Episode 12: "The Mayan Connection"
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange Bobby Ballard 3 episodes
1977 The Fantastic Journey Dr. Jonathan Willoway 8 Episodes
1977 Wonder Woman Henry Roberts / Professor Arthur Chapman 2 episodes
1978 The Immigrants Mark Levy TV movie
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Governor Saroyan Season 1, Episode 2: "Planet of the Slave Girls"
1979 Supertrain Talcott Episode: "The Green Lady"
1979 Hart to Hart Dr. Peterson Episode: "Hart to Hart"
1979 Mork & Mindy Chuck the Robot Voice, Episode: "Dr. Morkenstein"
1980 The Martian Chronicles Father Stone 3 episodes
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker MacFarland TV movie
1980 The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee Voice, TV movie
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John TV movie
1985 Hollywood Wives Jason Swankle 3 episodes
1985 Alice in Wonderland The March Hare TV movie
1985-1989 Murder, She Wrote Gordon Fairchild / Dr. Alger Kenyon 2 episodes
1985 Bridges to Cross Norman Parks Episode: "Memories of Molly"
1987 The Wind in the Willows Ratty Voice, TV movie
1988 Remo Williams: The Prophecy Chuin TV movie
1989 Around the World in 80 Days McBaines 3 episodes
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water Niddler Voice, 5 Episodes
1991 An Inconvenient Woman Cyril Rathbone 2 episodes
1991 Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas Narrator Voice
1992 Darkwing Duck Sir Quackmire Mallard Voice, Episode: "Inherit the Wimp"
1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter Voice, 4 episodes
1992 Camp Candy Voice, Episode: "When it Rains… it Snows"
1993 2 Stupid Dogs Chameleon Voice, Episode: "Chameleon"
1993 SWAT Kats Lenny Ringtail / Madkat Voice, Episode: "Enter the Madkat"
1994 The Tick Breadmaster Voice, 6 Episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... Rex Gaydon Episode: "Nostalgia"
1996 Gargoyles Proteus Voice, Episode: "The New Olympians"
1996 Unlikely Angel Saint Peter TV movie
1998 The New Batman Adventures Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter Voice, 2 Episodes


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