Roddy McDowall Biography

Birthday: 1928-09-17
Place of Birth: Herne Hill, London
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns. His mother brought Roddy and his sister to the US at the beginning of World War II, and he soon got the part of Huw, youngest child in a family of Welsh coal miners, in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941), acting alongside Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Donald Crisp in the film that won that year's best film Oscar. He went on to many other child roles, in films like My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943) until, at age 18, he moved to New York, where he played a long series of successful stage roles, both on Broadway and in such venues as Connecticut's Stratford Festival, where he did Shakespeare. In addition to making many more movies (over 150), McDowell acted in television, developed an extensive collection of movies and Hollywood memorabilia, and published five acclaimed books of his own photography. He died at his Los Angeles home, aged 70, of cancer.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Mr. Elton 1947 - 1958
Journey to the Unknown 1968 Mystery
Legends' House Benjamin Franklin Fischer 1975 Family
Man Hunt Vaner 1976 Adventure
The Fantastic Journey Dr. Jonathan Willoway 1977 Adventure
Tales of the Gold Monkey Bon Chance Louie 1982 Adventure
Terror in the Sky Dr. Ralph Baird 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Pied Piper Ronnie Cavanaugh 1942
How Green Was My Valley 1942 Drama, Family
Lassie Come Home Joe Carraclough 1943 0, 0
The Keys of the Kingdom 1944
The White Cliffs of Dover 1944 Romance, 0
Man Hunt Vaner 1945 Drama, Thriller
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka Ken McLaughlin 1945 Family
The Subterraneans Yuri Gligoric 1960
Midnight Lace 1960 Thriller, Mystery
Cleopatra Octavian - Caesar Augustus 1963 Drama, History
That Darn Cat Gregory Benson 1965 Family, Comedy, Thriller
That Darn Cat! Gregory Benson 1965 Family, Comedy, Thriller
Inside Daisy Clover 1966 Drama, Music, Romance
5 Card Stud 1968 Mystery
Escape from the Planet of the Apes Cornelius 1971 0, Sport, 0
Pretty Maids All in A Row 1971 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Terror in the Sky 1971 Thriller, Drama
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Caesar 1972 0, Sport, 0
The Poseidon Adventure Acres 1972
Battle for the Planet of the Apes Caesar 1973 0, Sport
The Legend of Hell House Ben Fischer 1973 Reality Tv
Funny Lady 1975 Musical, Comedy, Drama
Mean Johnny Barrows 1976
Embryo 1976 Horror, Sci Fi
Laserblast Doctor Mellon 1978 Game Show, Reality Tv, 0
The Cat from Outer Space Mr. Stallwood 1978 0, 0, Sport
Nutcracker Fantasy 1979 Animation, Family, Fantasy
Scavenger Hunt 1979 Comedy
The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee 1980
Evil Under the Sun Rex Brewster 1982 0, Game Show
Class of 1984 1982 Game Show, 0, Comedy
Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John 1984 Comedy
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Nuggit 1985
Fright Night Peter Vincent 1985 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
GoBots: War of the Rock Lords Nuggit 1986 Animation
Overboard 1987 0
Fright Night Part 2 Peter Vincent 1989 Horror, Comedy
Shakma Sorenson 1990 Horror
Earth Angel 1991 0
The Naked Target Ernest Peabody 1992 Comedy
Cutting Class 1992 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Double Trouble Philip Chamberlain 1992 Action, Comedy, Crime
The Evil Inside Me Pauly 1993 Horror, Thriller
Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Dr. Lasky 1994 Horror
Angel 4: Undercover Geoffrey Kagen 1994 Action, Drama
Last Summer in the Hamptons Thomas 1996 Comedy, Drama
The Grass Harp Amos Legrand 1996 Drama, Comedy
Unlikely Angel Saint Peter 1996 Comedy, Fantasy
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo 1997 0, 0, 0
Something to Believe In Gambler 1998 Drama
Going Under 2006
Dead of Winter 2014 Game Show