Roddy McDowall

Born Sep 17, 1928

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall was a British actor and photographer. His film roles included Cornelius and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes film series. He began his long acting career as a child 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 stage and television.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on September 17, 1928.


1940 11 Years Old His family moved to the United States in 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II. … Read More
1943 14 Years Old He appeared as Ken McLaughlin in the 1943 film My Friend Flicka. … Read More
1946 17 Years Old McDowall continued his career successfully into adulthood. By the mid-1940s, released from his studio contract, McDowall turned to the theater, taking the title role of Young Woodley in 1946 in a summer stock production in Westport, Connecticut.
1947 18 Years Old In 1947, he played Malcolm in Orson Welles's stage production of Macbeth in Salt Lake City, Utah, and played the same part in the actor-director's film version in 1948.


1952 23 Years Old He then appeared in several roles for Monogram Pictures, a low-budget studio that welcomed established stars. Apart from Kidnapped (1948), an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story, the McDowall Monograms were contemporary outdoor adventures; he made seven features for the studio until the series lapsed in 1952. … Read More


1974 45 Years Old He is well remembered for his performances in heavy makeup as various chimpanzee characters in four of the Planet of the Apes films (1968–1973) and in the 1974 TV series that followed. … Read More


1984 55 Years Old Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Scavenger Hunt (1979) in which he played valet Jenkins, Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun (1982), Funny Lady, Class of 1984 (1982), Fright Night (1985), in which he played Peter Vincent, a television host and moderator of telecast horror films, and Overboard (1987 with Goldie Hawn).


1989 60 Years Old McDowall appeared frequently on Hollywood Squares and occasionally came up with quips himself. McDowall played "The Bookworm" in the 1960s American TV series Batman and he had a recurring role as the Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series, as well as providing his voice to the audiobook adaptation of the 1989 Batman film. … Read More
1997 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, he hosted the MGM Musicals Tribute at Carnegie Hall. … Read More
1998 70 Years Old On 3 October 1998, aged 70, McDowall died of lung cancer at his home in Studio City. … Read More
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