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Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowallAKA Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall

Born: 17-Sep-1928
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 3-Oct-1998
Location of death: Studio City, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Planet of the Apes

Military service: US Army Reserve (67th Armored Infantry Batallion 1946-54)

Had a prostate cancer operation in 1988.


[1] Robert Hofler, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson (2005), page 189. "Other homosexual actors of the period also found reasons to avoid the go-getter agent [Henry Willson]. 'I often think what would have happened if I'd signed with him, said Roddy McDowall [to the author]', who visible shuddered at the thought." Darwin Porter, in Brando Unzipped (2005), page 562, makes the claim that McDowall and Montgomery Clift were lovers: "After The Young Lions, Monty still had a few major movies in him, including the 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer, but privately he was 'on the road to hell', as his lover, Roddy McDowall, said." See also Sheridan Morley, John Gielgud (2003), page 247: "Around such Anglophile directors as George Cukor, writers such as Christopher Isherwood, and actors such as Roddy McDowall, there was already a strongly established gay community, one which was able to function in comparative freedom."

Father: Thomas Andrew McDowall (Scottish)
Mother: Winifriede L. Corcoran (Irish, m. Philadelphia, PA)
Sister: Virginia McDowall (b. 23-Sep-1927, London, England)

    High School: University High School, West Los Angeles, CA (1946)

    Emmy
    Wedding: Larry Fortensky and Elizabeth Taylor (1991)
    Birthday: Elizabeth Taylor (1992)
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer

    TELEVISION
    The Pirates of Dark Water Niddler (1991-93)
    Tales of the Gold Monkey Bon Chance Louie (1982-83)
    The Fantastic Journey Dr. Jonathan Willoway (1977)
    Planet of the Apes Galen (1974)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    The Devil's Widow (Dec-1970)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    A Bug's Life (14-Nov-1998) [VOICE]
    Something to Believe In (8-May-1998)
    The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (16-May-1997)
    Unlikely Angel (17-Dec-1996)
    Dead Man's Island (5-Mar-1996)
    It's My Party (11-Jan-1996)
    Last Summer in the Hamptons (13-Sep-1995) · Thomas
    The Grass Harp (10-Sep-1995)
    Star Hunter (1995)
    The Color of Evening (1994)
    Double Trouble (14-Feb-1992) · Philip Chamberlain
    Deadly Game (10-Jul-1991)
    Shakma (1990) · Sorenson
    Going Under (1990)
    The Big Picture (15-Sep-1989)
    Cutting Class (Jul-1989)
    Around the World in 80 Days (16-Apr-1989)
    Fright Night Part II (11-Jan-1989)
    Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
    Overboard (16-Dec-1987) · Andrew
    Dead of Winter (6-Feb-1987)
    GoBots: War of the Rock Lords (21-Mar-1986) [VOICE]
    Alice in Wonderland (9-Dec-1985)
    Fright Night (2-Aug-1985)
    Class of 1984 (20-Aug-1982)
    Mae West (2-May-1982)
    Evil Under the Sun (5-Mar-1982) · Rex Brewster
    Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (Feb-1981)
    The Return of the King (11-May-1980) [VOICE]
    The Martian Chronicles (27-Jan-1980)
    Scavenger Hunt (21-Dec-1979)
    Circle of Iron (14-Dec-1978)
    The Thief of Baghdad (23-Nov-1978)
    The Cat from Outer Space (9-Jun-1978)
    Rabbit Test (9-Apr-1978)
    Laserblast (1-Mar-1978) · Dr. Mellon
    Sixth and Main (1977)
    Flood! (24-Nov-1976)
    Embryo (21-May-1976)
    Mean Johnny Barrows (Jan-1976)
    Funny Lady (15-Mar-1975) · Bobby
    Arnold (16-Nov-1973)
    Battle for the Planet of the Apes (15-Jun-1973) · Caesar
    The Legend of Hell House (15-Jun-1973) · Ben Fischer
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (18-Dec-1972)
    The Poseidon Adventure (12-Dec-1972) · Acres
    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (29-Jun-1972) · Caesar
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks (11-Nov-1971)
    A Taste of Evil (12-Oct-1971)
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes (21-May-1971) · Cornelius
    Pretty Maids All in a Row (28-Apr-1971)
    Angel, Angel, Down We Go (19-Aug-1969)
    Hello Down There (25-Jun-1969)
    Midas Run (7-May-1969)
    5 Card Stud (31-Jul-1968)
    Planet of the Apes (8-Feb-1968) · Cornelius
    The Cool Ones (12-Apr-1967) · Tony
    The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (3-Mar-1967)
    It! (Nov-1966)
    The Defector (20-Oct-1966) · Adams
    Lord Love a Duck (21-Feb-1966) · Alan Musgrave
    Inside Daisy Clover (17-Feb-1966) · Baines
    That Darn Cat! (2-Dec-1965)
    The Loved One (11-Oct-1965) · D. J. Jr.
    The Third Day (4-Aug-1965)
    The Greatest Story Ever Told (15-Feb-1965) · Matthew
    Shock Treatment (22-Jul-1964) · Martin Ashley
    Cleopatra (12-Jun-1963) · Octavian
    The Longest Day (Sep-1962) · Pvt. Morris
    The Power and the Glory (29-Oct-1961)
    Midnight Lace (13-Oct-1960) · Malcolm
    The Subterraneans (23-Jun-1960)
    The Tempest (3-Feb-1960)
    Killer Shark (19-Mar-1950) · Ted
    Tuna Clipper (10-Apr-1949)
    Kidnapped (28-Nov-1948) · David Balfour
    Macbeth (1-Oct-1948)
    Holiday in Mexico (15-Aug-1946) · Stanley Owen
    Molly and Me (25-May-1945) · Jimmy Graham
    Thunderhead: Son of Flicka (15-Mar-1945) · Ken McLaughlin
    The Keys of the Kingdom (15-Dec-1944) · Francis Chisholm
    The White Cliffs of Dover (11-May-1944) · John Ashwood II
    Lassie Come Home (10-Oct-1943) · Joe Carraclough
    My Friend Flicka (26-May-1943)
    The Pied Piper (8-Jul-1942)
    Son of Fury (29-Jan-1942) · Benjamin
    Confirm or Deny (19-Nov-1941)
    How Green Was My Valley (28-Oct-1941) · Huw
    Man Hunt (13-Jun-1941) · Vaner
    Saloon Bar (2-Nov-1940)
    Just William (20-Jul-1940)


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