Roddy McDowall

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Roddy McDowall

Born

9/17/1928, Herne Hill, London, England, UK

Died

10/3/1998

Birth Name

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude MacDowall

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Roddy MacDowall, Roddy McDowell
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Actor, photographer. Born Roderick McDowall, on September 17, 1928, in London, England. He was the only son of Thomas McDowall, a merchant seaman, and his wife, Winifred. As a child, Roddy appeared in a slew of British films, including Yellow Sands (1938) and Just William (1939). In 1940,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Roddy's Star on the Walk of Fame for his contributions to Television is located at 6630 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.

    • In 1964, Roddy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his appearance in the Arrest and Trial (1963) episode Journey into Darkness.

    • In 1983, Roddy was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Class of 1984 (1982).

    • In 1986, Roddy won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Fright Night (1985).

    • Roddy was one of the few child stars who actually had a more successful career as an adult than as a child.

    • Roddy McDowall: My whole life I've been trying to prove I'm not just yesterday.

    • Roddy McDowall: (On his 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.

    • Roddy McDowall: Intellectually 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.

    • Roddy's final stage appearance was as "Ebenezer Scrooge" in the New York City production of A Christmas Carol in 1997. He alternated performances with Hal Linden.

    • Roddy won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for The Fighting Cock.

    • Roddy became a close, life-long friend with Peggy Ann Garner while filming The Pied Piper with her in 1941.

    • Roddy was the one who introduced Carol Lawrence to Robert Goulet. In fact, she jokingly said that McDowell was responsible for her's and Goulet's first child.

    • Roddy was an accomplished ballroom dancer, he won both the Charleston and Cha-Cha contests on the Arthur Murray Party TV show in the 1950s.

    • Roddy was the brother of Virginia McDowall.

    • Roddy was a life-long friend of Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor has since referred to him as the one friend she had to whom she confided everything, and who was always understanding.

    • On March 10, 1965, Roddy attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Sound of Music as the date of the movie's star, Julie Andrews.

    • Roddy 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.

    • In 1974, the FBI raided Roddy's home and seized the actor's collection of bootlegged classic films. The actor was not charged and agreed to cooperate with the FBI.

    • Roddy has appeared in two separate television series of Batman. The original 1960s series (as Bookworm), and Batman: The Animated Series (as the Mad Hatter).

    • Roddy's father worked as a Merchant Marine.

    • Roddy was 5' 10" (1.78 m) tall.

    • In 1964, Roddy was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Cleopatra (1963).

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