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Roddy McDowall

Biography

Accomplished actor who performed Cornelius and Caesar in World from the Apes. He was nominated for the Academy Honor for Best Assisting Acting professional for his efficiency as Octavian within the 1963 film, Cleopatra. When he was ten, he debuted as an acting professional with small tasks in various films such as Yellowish Sands and Scruffy. He performed a role within the 1967 film, The Escapades of Bullwhip Griffin. His mom was an aspiring celebrity and his dad was a vendor seaman. He was in the initial Planet from the Apes, that was remade by movie director Tim Burton.

Quick Facts


Full Name Roddy McDowall
Date Of Birth September 17, 1928
Died October 3, 1998, Studio City, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.78 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education University High School
Nationality American, British
Parents Winsfriede L. Corcoran, Thomas Andrew McDowall
Siblings Virginia McDowall
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Movies Planet of the Apes, Fright Night, How Green Was My Valley, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Cleopatra, Lassie Come Home, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Poseidon Adventure, The Legend of Hell House, My Friend Flicka, Overboard, A Bug's Life, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Lord Love a Duck, The Longest Day, Fright Night Part 2, Midnight Lace, Macbeth, That Darn Cat!, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Class of 1984, Thunderhead, Son of Flicka, Funny Lady, Evil Under the Sun, Man Hunt, Dead of Winter, The Cat from Outer Space, Inside Daisy Clover, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Tam-Lin, The Loved One, The Grass Harp, 5 Card Stud, The Pied Piper, Laserblast, The Keys of the Kingdom, Angel, Angel, Down We Go, Molly and Me, The Big Picture, Cutting Class, Last Summer in the Hamptons, It's My Party, Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, Holiday in Mexico, Circle of Iron, The Defector, The White Cliffs of Dover, Hello Down There
TV Shows Planet of the Apes, The Fantastic Journey, Tales of the Gold Monkey, The Martian Chronicles, The Pirates of Dark Water, The Rhinemann Exchange, Hollywood Squares, Hollywood Wives, An Inconvenient Woman, NBC Matinee Theater, Night Gallery, MGM: When the Lion Roars, Camp Candy, The Wizard, Around the World in 80 Days, Bridges to Cross, The Danny Thomas Hour, Equitable's American Heritage
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1In Italy for the filming of Cleopatra (1963), became so frustrated with the numerous delays during its production, he begged Darryl F. Zanuck for a part in The Longest Day just so he could do some work and. ended up with a small role as an American soldier. Richard Burton, being in the same position followed suit and got a cameo role of an RAF pilot.
2Was Jay Sandrich's first choice for the lead role of Arthur Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), but was unavailable, hence, the role was given to Gordon Jump, who previously played the chief police officer on Soap (1977).
3Friends with: Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Maureen O'Hara, Jane Powell, Ann Blyth, Lew Ayres, Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Paul Newman, Sal Mineo, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, Rupert Everett, Rock Hudson, Tuesday Weld, Claude Rains, Richard Haydn, Robert Mitchum, Anjelica Huston, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Gene Autry, Groucho Marx, John Ford, Lee Grant,Stefanie Powers, Alan Ladd Jr., Dennis Hopper,Tina Sinatra,Truman Capote, Jean Arthur, Farley Granger, Robert Wagner, Mia Farrow,Dirk Bogarde,Marlene Dietrich,Myrna Loy, George Cukor, Carol Burnett, Judy Holliday, Judy Garland, Luise Rainer, Tammy Grimes, Barbra Streisand, Katharine Hepburn, James Caan, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, Vivien Leigh, Mae West, Phyllis Diller, Shelley Duvall, Karl Malden, Tim Burton, Margaret O'Brien, Brad Pitt, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tommy Steele, Fred Astaire, Ruth Gordon, Audrey Hepburn, Billy Crystal, Charles Chaplin, Sharon Tate, Esther Williams, Joel McCrea, Piper Laurie, Frances Dee, Anne Bancroft , Maggie Smith, Gloria Swanson, Bette Midler, Thelma Ritter, Andy Griffith, Debbie Reynolds, Geneviève Bujold, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Fonda, Edith Head , Joan Plowright, Kim Stanley, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, George Peppard, Leslie Caron, Michael Douglas, Anthony Perkins, Gore Vidal, Dominick Dunne, Tab Hunter, Lynn Bari, Joan Rivers, Maureen O'Sullivan, Christopher Plummer, Carol Lawrence, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, Laurence Olivier, Clive Barker, Doris Roberts, Doris Day, Greer Garson, Coral Browne, Dolly Parton, Juliet Mills, Robert Walker Jr., Lizabeth Scott, Hayley Mills, Anthony Franciosa, Be
4Friends with: Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Maureen O'Hara, Jane Powell, Ann Blyth, Lew Ayres, Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Paul Newman, Sal Mineo, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, Rupert Everett, Rock Hudson, Tuesday Weld, Claude Rains, Richard Haydn, Robert Mitchum, Anjelica Huston, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Gene Autry, Groucho Marx, John Ford, Lee Grant,Stefanie Powers, Alan Ladd Jr., Dennis Hopper,Tina Sinatra,Truman Capote, Jean Arthur, Farley Granger, Robert Wagner, Mia Farrow,Dirk Bogarde,Marlene Dietrich,Myrna Loy, George Cukor, Carol Burnett, Judy Holliday, Judy Garland, Luise Rainer, Tammy Grimes, Barbra Streisand, Katharine Hepburn, James Caan, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, Vivien Leigh, Mae West, Phyllis Diller, Shelley Duvall, Karl Malden, Tim Burton, Margaret O'Brien, Brad Pitt, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tommy Steele, Fred Astaire, Ruth Gordon, Audrey Hepburn, Billy Crystal, Charles Chaplin, Sharon Tate, Esther Williams, Joel McCrea, Piper Laurie, Frances Dee, Anne Bancroft , Maggie Smith, Gloria Swanson, Bette Midler, Thelma Ritter, Andy Griffith, Debbie Reynolds, Geneviève Bujold, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Fonda, Edith Head and Joan Plowright,.
5Friends with: Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Maureen O'Hara, Jane Powell, Ann Blyth, Lew Ayres, Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Paul Newman, Sal Mineo, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, Rupert Everett, Rock Hudson, Tuesday Weld, Claude Rains, Richard Haydn, Robert Mitchum, Anjelica Huston, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Gene Autry, Groucho Marx, John Ford, Lee Grant,Stefanie Powers, Alan Ladd Jr., Dennis Hopper,Tina Sinatra,Truman Capote, Jean Arthur, Farley Granger, Robert Wagner, Mia Farrow,Dirk Bogarde,Marlene Dietrich,Myrna Loy, George Cukor, Carol Burnett, Judy Holliday, Judy Garland, Luise Rainer, Tammy Grimes, Barbra Streisand, Katharine Hepburn, James Caan, Bette Davis, Rosalind Russell, Vivien Leigh, Mae West, Phyllis Diller, Shelley Duvall, Karl Malden, Tim Burton, Margaret O'Brien, Brad Pitt, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tommy Steele, Fred Astaire, Ruth Gordon, Audrey Hepburn, Billy Crystal, Charles Chaplin, Sharon Tate, Esther Williams, Joel McCrea, Piper Laurie, Frances Dee, Anne Bancroft , Maggie Smith, Gloria Swanson, Bette Midler, Thelma Ritter, Andy Griffith, Debbie Reynolds, Geneviève Bujold, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Fonda, Edith Head , Joan Plowright, Kim Stanley, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, George Peppard, Leslie Caron, Michael Douglas, Anthony Perkins, Gore Vidal, Dominick Dunne, Tab Hunter, Lynn Bari, Joan Rivers, Maureen O'Sullivan, Christopher Plummer, Carol Lawrence, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, Laurence Olivier, Clive Barker, Doris Roberts, Doris Day, Greer Garson, Coral Browne, Dolly Parton, Juliet Mills, Robert Walker Jr., Lizabeth Scott, Hayley Mills, Anthony Franciosa, Be
6He was born exactly one day after Batman (1966) actor Adam West. Both guest-starred on Batman: The Animated Series (1992) as well.
7He cast his mother Winifriede McDowall as the innkeeper's wife in Kidnapped (1948). Although she dreamed of being an actress, it was her only on screen role.
8He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6632 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
9Along with Adam West, Bob Hastings, Barry Dennen, Steve Franken, Michael Pataki and Judy Strangis, he is one of only seven actors to appear in both Batman (1966) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
10Had played villains on both Batman (1966) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992), the only actor to do so.
11Had played the same character (The Mad Hatter) on three different series: Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Superman (1996) and The New Batman Adventures (1997).
12Had appeared on an episode of The Carol Burnett Show (1967) wearing his Planet of the Apes (1968) make-up. The look of fright on Carol Burnett's face was reputed to be genuine.
13Parents are Thomas Andrew McDowall and Winifriede McDowall (Winifred Lucinda Corcoran; had an older sister: Virginia McDowall.
14The day after his death, Angela Lansbury paid tribute to him on "BBC Radio Five 5: Up all Night". She described him as "one of the most wonderful friends, anybody could possibly have . . . we've lost a beloved friend" and that he will be "so missed".
15Horse whisperer Monty Roberts was McDowall's stunt double for most of his childhood roles.
16Has appeared in four of the five Planet of the Apes films. Having originally played the chimpanzee archaeologist Cornelius in Planet of the Apes (1968), he was unable to reprise his role in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) as he was directing The Devil's Widow (1970) in Britain at the time. In that film, the role was played by David Watson. However, he later returned as Cornelius in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and as his son Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
17Both of the series in which he starred were short-lived science fiction series produced in the 1970s: Planet of the Apes (1974) and The Fantastic Journey (1977).
18He was close friends with Maureen O'Hara for 57 years, from the time that they made How Green Was My Valley (1941), their first and only film together, until his death in October 1998.
19Along with Woodrow Parfrey, Norman Burton and Eldon Burke, he is one of only four actors to appear in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Planet of the Apes (1974).
20Explained in 1995 during an interview for American cable station USA Network the limitations of his make-up on Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Overwhelmed by frustration over the inability to eat, touch his face and the constant itch brought on by the chimpanzee prosthetics, he admitted to crying.
21An accomplished ballroom dancer, he won both the Charleston and Cha-Cha contests on the The Arthur Murray Party (1950).
22Lifelong friends with Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor has since referred to him as the one friend she had to whom she confided everything, and who was always understanding.
23On March 10, 1965, he attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Sound of Music (1965) as the date of the movie's star, Julie Andrews.
24Final stage appearance was as Ebenezer Scrooge in the New York City production of "A Christmas Carol" in 1997. He alternated performances with Hal Linden.
25Became close, lifelong friends with Peggy Ann Garner while filming The Pied Piper (1942) with her in 1941.
26Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 396-398. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
27Introduced Carol Lawrence to Robert Goulet. In fact, she jokingly said that McDowall was responsible for hers and Goulet's first child.
28In 1974, the FBI raided his home and seized his collection of films and television series during an investigation of copyright infringement and movie piracy. The collection consisted of 160 16mm prints and over 1,000 videocassettes. The value of the films was conservatively assessed at $5,005,426 by representatives of the movie industry. The actor was not charged and agreed to cooperate with the FBI. There was then no aftermarket for films, as the commercial video recorder had not been marketed, and studios routinely destroyed old negatives and prints of classic films they felt had no worth. Film buffs like McDowall had to purchase 16mm prints of films from the studios, or movie prints on the black market, or from other collectors. He claimed that he had once had as many as 337 movies in his collection, but at the time of the investigation he was not sure how many were still in his possession. He had bought Errol Flynn's movie collection, and had acquired other films through purchases or swaps. McDowall told the FBI that he had transferred many of his films to videotape in order to conserve space and because tape was longer-lasting than film, and subsequently had sold or traded the prints, plus other prints of movies he had lost interest in, to other collectors. He said that he collected the films due to his love of the cinema and to help protect the movies' heritage. McDowall also said that being in possession of prints of his own films allowed him to study his acting and improve his craft. One of the films he had purchased, from American-International Pictures, was The Devil's Widow (1970), a movie he himself had directed. He explained that he believed that he was not in violation of copyright, as he was not showing the films for profit, nor trying to make a profit when selling his prints as he charged only what he remembered as the price he himself paid. He believed he had purchased some of the films outright from 20th Century-Fox, but learned subsequently from his lawyer that his agreement with 20th Century-Fox meant the studio retained ownership of the prints, and that he was forbidden to sell, trade or lend them out. McDowall was forthcoming about the individuals he dealt with on the black market, and also named Rock Hudson, Dick Martin and Mel Tormé as other celebrities with film collections.
29A clerical error on the part of 20th Century-Fox cost McDowall a likely Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Caesar Augustus Octavian in Cleopatra (1963). The studio erroneously listed him as a leading player rather than a supporting one. When 20th Century-Fox asked the Academy to correct the error, it refused, saying the ballots already were at the printer. 20th Century-Fox then published an open letter in the trade papers, apologizing to McDowall: "We feel that it is important that the industry realize that your electric performance as Octavian in Cleopatra, which was unanimously singled out by the critics as one of the best supporting performances by an actor this year, is not eligible for an Academy Award nomination in that category... due to a regrettable error on the part of 20th Century-Fox.".
30Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Fighting Cock".
31In 1943, 20th Century-Fox announced that McDowall would star in "Oliver Twist", but the film was not made.
32He was a rarity among movie stars in that he appears to have made no enemies at all during his lifetime. A man with numerous friends both in and out of show business, those who knew him continue to speak well of him to this day, and his funeral drew overflow crowds.
33In addition to appearing on both the original and animated Batman series (Batman (1966) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992)), he was also the reader for the book-on-tape version of the novelization of the first Batman (1989).
34Had appeared on three different Batman series: he played the Bookworm in Batman (1966) and the Mad Hatter (Dr. Jervis Tetch) in Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and its spin-off The New Batman Adventures (1997).
35He was cremated after death and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
36In December 1998, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) honored him for his acting career and critically acclaimed photography by naming its photo archive after him. The collection, which includes several million negatives and stills, will be known as the Roddy McDowall Photograph Archive at the Margaret Herrick Library.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
London and Davis in New York1984TV MoviePaul Fisk
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood1984TV MoviePrince John
This Girl for Hire1983TV MovieManfred Hayes
Small & Frye1983TV SeriesProf. Vermeer
Tales of the Gold Monkey1982-1983TV SeriesBon Chance Louie
Faerie Tale Theatre1983TV SeriesNarrator
Fantasy Island1979-1982TV SeriesChristopher Lantree Mephistopheles Mephistopheles the Devil ...
Class of 19841982Terry Corrigan
Mae West1982TV MovieRene Valentine
Twilight Theater1982TV Movie
Evil Under the Sun1982Rex Brewster
Judgment Day1981TV MovieMr. Heller
The Million Dollar Face1981TV MovieDerek Kenyon
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen1981Gillespie
Here's Boomer1980TV SeriesMilo
The Return of the King1980TV MovieSamwise Gamgee (voice)
The Memory of Eva Ryker1980TV MovieMacFarland
The Martian Chronicles1980TV Mini-SeriesFather Stone
Scavenger Hunt1979Jenkins
The Black Hole1979V.I.N.CENT. (voice, uncredited)
Mork & Mindy1979TV SeriesChuck the Robot
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1979TV SeriesGovernor Saroyan
Trapper John, M.D.1979TV SeriesReverend Barnaby Box
A Man Called Sloane1979TV SeriesManfred Baranoff
Hart to Hart1979TV SeriesDr. Peterson
Nutcracker Fantasy1979Franz / Fritz (voice)
Supertrain1979TV SeriesTalcott
$weepstake$1979TV SeriesTheodore
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesFred Beery
Flying High1979TV SeriesJoe
The Thief of Baghdad1978TV MovieHasan
The Immigrants1978TV MovieMark Levy
Wonder Woman1977-1978TV SeriesHenry Roberts / Professor Arthur Chapman
Circle of Iron1978White Robe
The Cat from Outer Space1978Mr. Stallwood
Rabbit Test1978Gypsy Grandmother / Dr. D & C Fishbine
Laserblast1978Doctor Mellon (as Roddy McDowell: closing credits)
Sixth and Main1977Skateboard
The Rhinemann Exchange1977TV Mini-SeriesBobby Ballard
The Feather and Father Gang1977TV SeriesVincent Stoddard
The Fantastic Journey1977TV SeriesDr. Jonathan Willoway
Flood!1976TV MovieMr. Franklin
Embryo1976Frank Riley
Harry O1976TV SeriesArnold Applequist
Mowgli's Brothers1976TV ShortNarrator / Mowgli (voice)
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesThe Amazing Armitage
Mean Johnny Barrows1976Tony Da Vince
Police Woman1975TV SeriesMoulton
The White Seal1975TV ShortNarrator (voice)
Funny Lady1975Bobby
Planet of the Apes1974TV SeriesGalen
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry1974George Stanton (uncredited)
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesLionel Standish
The Elevator1974TV MovieMarvin Ellis
Miracle on 34th Street1973TV MovieDr. Sawyer
Arnold1973Robert
Love, American Style1972-1973TV SeriesHoward (segment "Love and the Stutter") / Marvin (segment "Love and the Sensuous Twin")
McMillan & Wife1973TV SeriesJamie McMillan
Battle for the Planet of the Apes1973Caesar Cornelius
The Legend of Hell House1973Benjamin Franklin Fischer
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesStanley Lambert
Topper Returns1973TV MovieCosmo Topper Jr.
McCloud1972TV SeriesPhil Sandler
Mission: Impossible1972TV SeriesLeo Ostro
The Poseidon Adventure1972Acres
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean1972Frank Gass
The Rookies1972TV SeriesFenner
The Delphi Bureau1972TV SeriesHarold
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes1972Caesar
Columbo1972TV SeriesRoger Stanford
What's a Nice Girl Like You...?1971TV MovieAlbert Soames
Ironside1971TV SeriesJamie Shannon
A Taste of Evil1971TV MovieDr. Michael Lomas
Bedknobs and Broomsticks1971Mr. Jelk
Terror in the Sky1971TV MovieDr. Ralph Baird
Escape from the Planet of the Apes1971Cornelius
Pretty Maids All in a Row1971Proffer
Journey to Murder1971Rollo Verdew (The Killing Bottle)
Medical Center1970TV SeriesCarl Marris
The Name of the Game1968-1970TV SeriesEarly McCorley / Philip Saxon
Night Gallery1969TV SeriesJeremy Evans
Angel, Angel, Down We Go1969Santoro
Hello Down There1969Nate Ashbury
Midas Run1969Wister
It Takes a Thief1969TV SeriesRoger
Journey to the Unknown1969TV SeriesRollo Verdew
5 Card Stud1968Nick Evers
The Legend of Robin Hood1968TV SeriesPrince John
Planet of the Apes1968Cornelius
The Felony Squad1968TV SeriesOllie Olds
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV MovieCricket Crocket (voice)
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesCricket Crockett
Saint Joan1967TV MovieCharles, The Dauphin
It!1967Arthur Pimm (as Roddy MacDowall)
The Cool Ones1967Tony Krum
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin1967Bullwhip Griffin
The Invaders1967TV SeriesLloyd Lindstrom
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964-1966TV SeriesHarry Carlin / Arthur Biddle / Deerfield Prescott
L'espion1966Agent Adams (as Roddy Mc Dowall)
Batman1966TV SeriesThe Bookworm
Run for Your Life1966TV SeriesGyula Bognar
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesT / Sgt. Billy Willets
Lord Love a Duck1966Alan Musgrave
That Darn Cat!1965Gregory Benson
Inside Daisy Clover1965Walter Baines
The Loved One1965D.J. Jr.
The Third Day1965Oliver Parsons
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Matthew
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesDwight Franklin
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesRobert 'Professor' Benson
Combat!1964TV SeriesMurfree
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesGeorge / Gerald Musgrove
Shock Treatment1964Martin Ashley
The Eleventh Hour1964TV SeriesStanton Maynard / 'Alec Harnes'
Arrest and Trial1963TV SeriesPaul LeDoux
Cleopatra1963Octavian - Caesar Augustus
The Longest Day1962Pvt. Morris
The Power and the Glory1961TV MovieMestizo
Play of the Week1961TV SeriesAdrian Terry
Naked City1961TV SeriesDonnie Benton
Sunday Showcase1960TV SeriesPhilip Hamilton
Midnight Lace1960Malcolm
The Subterraneans1960Yuri Gilgoric
The Twilight Zone1960TV SeriesSam Conrad
Art Carney Special1960TV Series
The Tempest1960TV MovieAriel
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV SeriesSqueak
Oldsmobile Music Theatre1959TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1959TV SeriesMichel
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesCharles Marlow
The Big Country1958Hannassey Watchman (uncredited)
Suspicion1958TV Series
Matinee Theatre1957-1958TV Series
Kraft Theatre1952-1958TV SeriesMr. Elton
The Alcoa Hour1957TV SeriesMax
Goodyear Playhouse1954-1957TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1951-1956TV SeriesDavid at 22 / Bellamy Partridge / Pete
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1956TV SeriesClifford Howell
General Electric Theater1956TV SeriesLeprechaun
The Good Fairy1956TV MovieWaiter
Ponds Theater1954-1955TV Series
The Elgin Hour1954TV SeriesJamie
Robert Montgomery Presents1951-1954TV SeriesPip Gerald Forbes
Encounter1954TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV SeriesTim McDuff
Campbell Summer Soundstage1954TV Series
Medallion Theatre1954TV Series
Broadway Television Theatre1952TV SeriesRodney Martin
The Steel Fist1952Eric Kardin
Celanese Theatre1951TV SeriesRichard Miller
Family Theatre1951TV SeriesPvt. Huntington (The Professor)
Big Timber1950Jimmy
Everybody's Dancin'1950Roddy McDowall
Killer Shark1950Ted White
Black Midnight1949Scott Jordan
Tuna Clipper1949Alec MacLennan
Kidnapped1948David Balfour
Macbeth1948Malcolm
Rocky1948Chris Hammond
Holiday in Mexico1946Stanley Owen
Molly and Me1945Jimmy Graham
Thunderhead - Son of Flicka1945Ken McLaughlin
The Keys of the Kingdom1944Francis Chisholm - as a Boy
The White Cliffs of Dover1944John Ashwood II as a Boy
Lassie Come Home1943Joe Carraclough
My Friend Flicka1943Ken McLaughlin
The Pied Piper1942Ronnie Cavanaugh
On the Sunny Side1942Hugh Aylesworth
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake1942Benjamin - as a Boy
Confirm or Deny1941Albert Perkins
How Green Was My Valley1941Huw
This England1941Hugo, Norman Boy
Man Hunt1941Vaner
You Will Remember1941Young Bob Slater
Saloon Bar1940Boy
Just William1940Ginger (as Roddy McDowell)
Dead Man's Shoes1940Boy
His Brother's Keeper1940Boy (uncredited)
Murder Will Out1939
Poison Pen1939Choirboy (uncredited)
The Outsider1939Boy (uncredited)
The Color of Evening2006Henry Seaton
Sarah Siddons1938uncredited
Godzilla: The Series1999TV SeriesDr. Hugh Trevor
Hey! Hey! USA1938Urchin on Dock (uncredited)
Star Power: The Creation of United Artists1998Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Yellow Sands1938
When It Clicks1998ShortProfessor Bark
Convict 991938Jimmy (uncredited)
A Bug's Life1998Video GameMr. Soil (voice)
Scruffy1938Boy (uncredited)
A Bug's Life1998Mr. Soil (voice)
John Halifax1938Boy
Superman1998TV SeriesThe Mad Hatter Jervis Tetch
I See Ice1938Boy (uncredited)
Loss of Faith1998TV MovieHenry Stokes
Murder in the Family1938Peter Osborne
The New Batman Adventures1998TV SeriesThe Mad Hatter Jervis Tetch
Pinky and the Brain1996-1998TV SeriesSnowball
Something to Believe In1998Gambler
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo1997King Murphy
Unlikely Angel1996TV MovieSaint Peter
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles1996TV SeriesProteus
Remember WENN1996TV SeriesGiles Aldwych
Dead Man's Island1996TV MovieTrevor Dunnaway
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1996TV SeriesAkers
Gargoyles1996TV SeriesProteus
Tracey Takes On...1996TV SeriesRex Gaydon
It's My Party1996Damian Knowles
Star Hunter1996VideoRiecher
Bullet Hearts1996TV Movie
Last Summer in the Hamptons1995Thomas
The Grass Harp1995Amos Legrand
The Alien Within1995TV MovieDr. Henry Lazarus
Galaxy Beat1994TV MovieCorporal Cod (voice)
The Tick1994TV SeriesThe Breadmaster
Angel 4: Undercover1994Geoffrey Kagen
Red Planet1994TV Mini-SeriesHeadmaster Marcus Howe
Batman: The Animated Series1992-1994TV SeriesThe Mad Hatter Jervis Tetch Dr. Jervis Tetch
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesMaurice Gillette
Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance1994Dr. Lasky
Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is1994TV MovieJeremy Sennet
Heads1994TV MovieFibris Drake
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron1993TV SeriesLenny Ringtail / Madkat
2 Stupid Dogs1993TV SeriesChameleon
Dream On1993TV SeriesBob Jeffers
The Evil Inside Me1993Pauly
The Sands of Time1992TV MovieAlan Tucker
Darkwing Duck1992TV SeriesSir Quackmire Mallard
Quantum Leap1992TV SeriesEdward St. John V
The Legend of Prince Valiant1992TV SeriesKing Frederick
The New Lassie1990-1992TV SeriesAndrew Leeds
Double Trouble1992/IPhilip Chamberlain
The Naked Target1992Ernest Peabody
Camp Candy1992TV Series
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas1991VideoNarrator (voice)
Deadly Game1991TV MovieDr. Aaron
Earth Angel1991TV MovieMr. Tatum
The Pirates of Dark Water1991TV SeriesNiddler
An Inconvenient Woman1991TV Mini-SeriesCyril Rathbone
Going Under1990Secretary Neighbor
Shakma1990Sorenson
Nightmare Classics1989TV SeriesInspector Amos
Heroes Stand Alone1989
Around the World in 80 Days1989TV Mini-SeriesMcBaines
Cutting Class1989Mr. Dante
Matlock1987-1989TV SeriesDon Mosher / Christopher Hoyt
Murder, She Wrote1985-1989TV SeriesGordon Fairchild / Dr. Alger Kenyon, PHD
The Big Picture1989Judge
Fright Night Part 21988Peter Vincent
Doin' Time on Planet Earth1988Minister
Remo Williams: The Prophecy1988TV MovieChiun
Overboard1987Andrew
The Wind in the Willows1987TV MovieRatty (voice)
The Wizard1987TV SeriesH.E.N.R.I.
Dead of Winter1987Mr. Murray
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords1986Nuggit (voice)
Zoo Ship1985voice
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV SeriesBob Cratchet
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe March Hare
Bridges to Cross1985TV SeriesNorman Parks
Fright Night1985Peter Vincent
Hollywood Wives1985TV Mini-SeriesJason Swandle
Hotel1984TV SeriesAnthony Spears

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Overboard1987executive producer
Big Timber1950associate producer
Killer Shark1950associate producer
Black Midnight1949associate producer
Tuna Clipper1949associate producer
Kidnapped1948associate producer
Rocky1948associate producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wind in the Willows1987TV Movie performer: "Messing Around In Boats", "We Don't Have Any Pate de Foie Gras", "I Hate Company"
Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "Can You Hear Us, Alice?"
The Cool Ones1967performer: "Where Did I Go Wrong?"
The Tempest1960TV Movie performer: "Come Unto These Yellow Sands"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu1998Documentary film and photo source
American Masters1989TV Series documentary film source - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Devil's Widow1970

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment III: Behind the Screen1994Video documentary still photographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Blockbuster Buster2016TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentary dedicated to the memory of
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu1998Documentary very special thanks
Behind the Planet of the Apes1998TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: additional footage courtesy of
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film1997Documentary special thanks
Biography1997TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentary very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When We Were Young...: Growing Up on the Silver Screen1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1989TV Special documentaryHimself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Encounters of the Fourth Kind1989TV MovieHimself
Hollywood on Horses1989Video documentaryHimself
Going Hollywood: The War Years1988Documentary
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1988TV SpecialHimself
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHimself
Lerner and Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics1988TV MovieHimself
MGM Greatest Moments: A Video Sampler1987VideoHimself - Host
The Annual Entertainment Industry Honors Presentes a Salute to Bud Grant1987TV MovieHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The Holywood Reporter Salutes Radie Harris1985TV MovieHimself
All-Star Party for Lucille Ball1984TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #71982TV Special documentaryHimself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Children1982TV Movie documentaryHimself (Narrator)
The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun'1982TV Short documentaryHimself / Rex Brewster
The Hollywood Squares1967-1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall1979TV Movie documentaryChuck the Robot (voice, uncredited)
The Carol Burnett Show1974-1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
An All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1977TV Movie documentaryHimself
To Say the Least1977TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis1977TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Magnificent Marble Machine1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Animated Short Film & Best Live Action Short Film
Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1974TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Special documentaryHimself
The Return of the Movie Movie1972Documentary shortAcres (uncredited)
The Movie Game1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward1970TV MovieHimself - Performer
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Pay Cards!1969TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Danny Kaye Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1964-1966TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain / Himself - Team Member
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHimself
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
Password All-Stars1965TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHimself
The 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 18th Annual Tony Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Person to Person1961TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of Anything1960TV MovieHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1959-1960TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself / Ariel
The Freddy Martin Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Time1951TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat1950Documentary shortHimself
The Poseidon Adventure: The Cast Looks Back2006Video shortHimself
Biography1993-2000TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor / Friend
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies2000Video documentaryHimself
Keepers of the Frame1999DocumentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu1998DocumentaryHimself / Actor / Friend
Behind the Planet of the Apes1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Beyond Titanic1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
A Tribute to John Chambers1998Video documentary shortHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film1997DocumentaryHimself
Obsessed with Vertigo1997TV Short documentaryHimself (Narrator) (voice)
Travel the World: Eastern Cities - Prague, Budapest and Istanbul1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Germany - The Rhine and Mosel, the Romantic Road1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Great Britain - London, Edinburgh1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Great Britain - North Wales, Cotswald Villages & Bath1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Greece - Athens and the Peloponnes, Greek Islands1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Ireland - Western Ireland, Dublin and Belfast1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Italy - Rome, Naples & the Amalfi Coast1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Italy - The Hilltowns of Tuscany, the Italian Riviera1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Travel the World: Spain - Toledo and Madrid, Seville and Andalusia1997TV MovieHimself
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
Great Performances1995TV SeriesHimself
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Meet Me in St. Louis: The Making of an American Classic1994Video documentary shortNarrator
That's Entertainment III: Behind the Screen1994Video documentaryHimself
The Story of Lassie1994TV Special documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHimself
John Ford1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1986-1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Omnibus1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Good Morning America1992TV SeriesHimself
The Magical World of Chuck Jones1992DocumentaryHimself
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Crazy About the Movies: Ava Gardner1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor / Friend
Crazy About the Movies: Dennis Hopper1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The Horror Hall of Fame1990TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Hotels1990TV Series documentaryHimself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Room 2372012/IDocumentaryBenjamin Franklin Fischer (uncredited)
Midnight Son2011Peter Vincent
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010TV Series documentaryPeter Vincent / Doctor Mellon
Private Screenings2006TV SeriesHimself
The Agatha Christie Code2005TV Movie documentaryRex Brewster
Ciclo Agatha Christie2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1998-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet2001TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself (1998 Interview)
Backstory2000TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor
Chump Change2000Acres (uncredited)
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion1993TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Roddy McDowell)
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself
Doogie Howser, M.D.1992TV SeriesHuw
Back to the Planet of the Apes1981TV MovieGalen
Farewell to the Planet of the Apes1981TV MovieGalen
Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes1981TV MovieGalen
Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes1981TV MovieGalen
Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes1981TV MovieGalen
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'Lassie Come Home'
It's Showtime1976Documentary uncredited
Funny Girl to Funny Lady1975TV Special documentaryBobby
Beneath the Planet of the Apes1970Cornelius (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorFright Night (1985)
1961Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single ProgramSunday Showcase (1959)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6632 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorClass of 1984 (1982)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActorCleopatra (1963)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleArrest and Trial (1963)


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1[in 1968, on his career] . . . totally isolated, really suffocating. As a child, I was always lied to about myself and about the world.
2[on the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton romance] I knew back in Rome when we were making Cleopatra (1963) that it would never work. Elizabeth doesn't just love someone; she possesses them. And Richard isn't a man to be possessed. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.
3[on Mia Farrow] Trying to describe Mia is like trying to describe dust in a shaft of sunlight. There are all those particles. Her conversation is clotted.
4All you can do is make a piece of product, sell it on its own terms, stand behind it and hope that people will go see it. If you try to be like something else or appeal to any given group, then you can very easily end up being gratuitous and imitative. There's not much to be gained by that and I think too much time is spent going around trying to be like someone else.
5I absolutely adore movies. Even bad ones. I don't like pretentious ones, but a good bad movie, you must admit, is great.
6[in 1976, on his fellow former child stars] Compare us to your high school graduating class. You'll discover there is always a percentage of successes, and those who fall by the wayside to become alcoholics, dopers, or just plain losers. Sure there are the Bobby Driscolls, the tragedies, but don't forget the others: Elizabeth Taylor, Hayley Mills, Natalie Wood, Gene Reynolds--who's a successful producer--and so many others.
7I enjoyed being in movies when I was a boy. As a child, you're not acting--you believe. Ah, if an adult could only act as a child does with that insane, playing-at-toy-soldiers concentration!
8My whole life I've been trying to prove I'm not just yesterday.
9[on his more well-known roles as a child actor] I really liked Lassie, but that horse, Flicka, was a nasty animal with a terrible disposition. All the Flickas--all six of them--were awful.
10Intellectually, I'd love to play Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire". Can't you just imagine me down in the streets yelling, "Stella! Stella!". God, the critics would have a lot of fun with that one.

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1Often made grand, eloquent speeches at the climax of the films he appeared in

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