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Roddy McDowall is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer British born on 17 september 1928 at London (United-kingdom)

Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall
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Birth name Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 17 september 1928 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 3 october 1998 (at 70 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English born American actor, film director, photographer, and voice artist. His roles included Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen in the Planet of the Apes film and television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka, and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on radio, stage, film, and television. He served in several positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Selection Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, as well as contributing to various charities related to the film industry and film preservation.


Although McDowall made no public statements about his sexual orientation during his lifetime, a few authors have claimed that he was gay.

In 1974, the FBI raided the home of McDowall and seized the actor's collection of films and television series in the course of an investigation of film piracy and copyright infringement. His collection consisted of 160 16 mm prints and more than 1,000 video cassettes, at a time before the era of commercial videotapes, when there was no legal aftermarket for films. McDowall had purchased Errol Flynn's home cine films and the prints of his own directorial debut Tam-Lin (1970) starring Ava Gardner and transferred them all to tape for longer-lasting archival storage. McDowall was quite forthcoming about those who dealt with him: Rock Hudson, Dick Martin and Mel Tormé were just a few of the celebrities interested in his film reproductions. No charges were filed against McDowall.

Best films

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Cleopatra (1963)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
Fright Night (1985)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Usually with

Jules Bass
Jules Bass
(5 films)
Terry Jones
Terry Jones
(4 films)
William Hanna
William Hanna
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Roddy McDowall (119 films)

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The Wind in the Willows, 1h39
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Bob Hoskins, Michael Murphy, Imelda Staunton
Rating63% 3.1971953.1971953.1971953.1971953.197195
Matt Lucas comme un crapaud merveilleux, Mark Gatiss comme un rat hérissés, Lee Ingleby comme une taupe nerveux, et Bob Hoskins comme un vieux grincheux Badger faire un casting de classe à l'intérieur une autre version du livre classique de Kenneth Grahame.
A Bug's Life, 1h35
Directed by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, David Hyde Pierce, Phyllis Diller
Roles Mr. Soil (voice)
Rating71% 3.5968053.5968053.5968053.5968053.596805
Flik, an individualist and would-be inventor, lives in a colony of ants in the middle of a dried creek. They are led by Princess Atta and her mother, the Queen. The colony is oppressed by a gang of marauding grasshoppers, led by Hopper, that arrive every season demanding food from the ants. One day, when the annual offering is accidentally knocked into a stream by Flik's latest invention, a grain-harvesting device, the grasshoppers demand twice as much food as compensation. The ants trick Flik into accepting his plan to recruit "warrior bugs" to fight off the grasshoppers. While Flik actually believes in the plan, the other ants see it as an opportunity to get rid of Flik and save themselves trouble.
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, 1h28
Directed by Dee McLachlan
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Roddy McDowall, Gulshan Grover, Billy Campbell, Amy Robbins, Albert Moses, Wijeratne Warakagoda
Roles King Murphy
Rating45% 2.270772.270772.270772.270772.27077
Mowgli has been brought up in the jungle of India by his animal friends: the wolf pack, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. However, Mowgli also has enemies in the jungle: Shere Khan the vicious tiger (who killed the boy's father) and the banderlog (who are hated by nearly all animals of the jungle).
The Wind in the Willows, 1h27
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Children's films
Actors Steve Coogan, Bob Hoskins, Eric Idle, Mark Gatiss, Terry Jones, Matt Lucas
Rating62% 3.144873.144873.144873.144873.14487
Mole's (Steve Coogan) underground home is knocked in when the field above it is bulldozed by the Weasels; the field was owned by Mr. Toad (Terry Jones), who has sold it to finance his latest fad: caravanning. Mole flees to the river and meets the Water Rat (Eric Idle), who is preparing to embark on a picnic. Seeing Mole's distress, Rat decides to take Mole to see Toad. Toad encourages them to travel with him on the open road, in his newly bought canary-coloured cart. Disaster strikes when a pair of joyriders in a motor car knock over the cart. Rat calms Toad's horse instead of Mole. Toad, however, instantly discards the cart and becomes obsessed with motoring. He is a reckless driver, however, and ends up needing more money from the Weasels. Their volatile Chief (Antony Sher) tries to persuade him to sell Toad Hall.
It's My Party, 1h50
Directed by Randal Kleiser
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Eric Roberts, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison, Lee Grant, Devon Gummersall, George Segal
Roles Damian Knowles
Rating70% 3.544443.544443.544443.544443.54444
It's My Party chronicles a two-day party hosted by Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) who, having been diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, will fall into a state of mental lapse lasting for months until his death. He decides instead to host a party for his family and friends, at the end of which he will commit suicide by taking Seconal.
Dead Man's Island, 2h
Directed by Peter H. Hunt
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Barbara Eden, William Shatner, Roddy McDowall, Traci Lords, Morgan Fairchild, Don Most
Roles Trevor Dunnaway
Rating49% 2.473872.473872.473872.473872.47387
Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (Barbara Eden), known simply as "Henrie O.", is an investigative journalist called to a mysterious remote island by her old friend Chase Prescott (William Shatner) who fears that someone is trying to kill him and the weekend is filled with intrigue as Henrie O. and all the guests try to figure out who is trying to murder their host.
Unlikely Angel
Directed by Michael Switzer
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films
Actors Dolly Parton, Roddy McDowall, Allison Mack, Maria del Mar, Eli Marienthal, Brian Kerwin
Roles Saint Peter
Rating62% 3.1496453.1496453.1496453.1496453.149645
Parton stars as a somewhat-selfish country singer, Ruby Diamond, whose untimely death while driving at night results in her gaining an audience with St. Peter (Roddy McDowall). He offers her a rather unusual arrangement: she will return to Earth on a mission to reunite the suburban Bartilson family (a family that's been torn apart ever since the mother died). If she succeeds by midnight on Christmas Eve, then she will be granted her wings as an angel. If not, she will receive a fate much worse.
The Grass Harp, 1h47
Directed by Charles Matthau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Edward Furlong, Nell Carter, Jack Lemmon
Roles Amos Legrand
Rating67% 3.399213.399213.399213.399213.39921
Set in a small 1940s Alabama town, the film follows Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) as he is sent to live with his father's maiden cousins, the sweet Dolly (Piper Laurie) and the overbearing Verena (Sissy Spacek), following the death of his mother. He soon discovers that the Talbo household is anything but normal. After also losing his father, Collin grows to be close to Dolly and Catherine (Nell Carter) and becomes acquainted with the eccentric townspeople, from the gossip-loving barber (Roddy McDowall) to a traveling evangelist with fifteen illegitimate kids (Mary Steenburgen). To escape Verena's oppression, Dolly, Collin, and Catherine run away to an old tree house in the woods. Their rebellion sparks a series of events that change their lives and the entire town as well.
The Alien Within
Directed by Roddy McDowall, Melanie Shatner, Don Stroud, Alex Hyde-White
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Roddy McDowall, Alex Hyde-White, Melanie Shatner, Don Stroud, Richard Biggs
Roles Dr. Henry Lazarus
Rating42% 2.132872.132872.132872.132872.13287
An alien parasite plagues the crew of a submerged mining platform.
The Wind in the Willows, 1h13
Directed by Terry Jones, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Rachel Talalay
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Alan Bennett, Bob Hoskins, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, Rik Mayall, Matt Lucas
Rating73% 3.687553.687553.687553.687553.68755
Tired from spring cleaning, Mole ventures out of his hole for the first time and stumbles across a river and a new-found friend Ratty. The two friends enjoy themselves then call on Mr. Toad, who takes them for a trip on the open road by gypsy caravan until a passing motor car causes the caravan to crash and Toad to develop a mania for driving motor cars. Back at the riverbank Ratty gets a temporary phase of a desire to emigrate but Mole snaps him out of it.
The Flintstones, 1h31
Directed by Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Alternate history films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry
Roles Katie Blossom Ali Slag
Rating50% 2.5045052.5045052.5045052.5045052.504505
Slate and Co. Senior Executive Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan) and secretary Miss Sharon Stone (Halle Berry) look at the company workers in the gravel pits while discussing their plan to swindle the company of its vast fortune and flee, but decided that they need someone to take responsibility for it. Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) loans his best friend and neighbor Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis) money so that he and his wife Betty (Rosie O'Donnell) can adopt a child named Bamm-Bamm, who can only pronounce his own name. Although the child is initially difficult to control due to being raised by Mastadons, as well as being superstrong, he eventually warms up to his new family. Barney vows to repay his friend, but Fred is visited by his mother-in-law, Pearl Slaghoople (Elizabeth Taylor), who objects to his decision. However, Fred's wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) remains supportive of his decision.
Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance, 1h30
Origin France
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Clémence Poésy, Roddy McDowall, Yaël Abecassis, Éric Ruf, Sally Kellerman, Lois Nettleton
Roles Dr. Lasky
Rating54% 2.7156452.7156452.7156452.7156452.715645
Anna mère de deux enfants vient de divorcer. Elle engage une baby-sitter, Lise, une jeune fille pleine de vie. Mais un second aspect de Lise se révèle par touches successives et affecte Anna de façon insoupçonnée.