Roddy McDowall – Roddy McDowall Biography

Roddy McDowall, was born on September 17, 1928, in Herne Hill, London, England.

Roddy, from a young age, developed a fondness and love for cinema from his mother, Winsfriede L. Corcoran, an actress of Irish origin who introduced him to the world of cinema, making him like this art.

That caused him to start dating and intervening in movies from the 1930s, such as, “Death in the family”, “I See Ice”, “The Outsider”, “Sarah Siddons” or “Convict 99”, among other.

During World War II, Roddy Mcdowall, moved to the United States, where he continued his film career.

When he was only 12 years old, in 1941, Roddy was offered to intervene in the film How green was my valley !, playing the role of Huw, which made him famous. Shortly after and in the same decade of the 40, he intervened in the film “The keys to the kingdom”, “Saloon Bar”, “My Friend Flicka”, “The white rocks”, “The son of fury” or “Invisible chain”, has been with her friend Elizabeth Taylor since 1943.

During the 50s and 60s, Roddy’s career began to focus on very specific roles, although despite everything, he appeared intervening in films of all kinds of genres, such as “The Steel Fist”, A scream in the fog, The longest day, with a cast of actors from that time, The greatest story ever told, “An FBI cat”, “The deserter”, Cleopatra, The Poker of Death or Planet of the Apes, along with Charlton Heston, a film that, despite being highly characterized, would raise him internationally again.

During the 1970s Roddy McDowall continued to work on films that we have retained in our minds, such as, “Dear Professor”, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, along with Charlton Heston and James Franciscus, The Adventure of Poseidon, Rise of the Apes, The Judge by Hanging, a film by John Houston, and which he played alongside Paul Newman or Battala for the Planet of the Apes, in 1973. In this year his type of role and his roles in movies, focused on horror and suspense movies, starting with the movie The Legend of Hell’s Mansion, which had a great successful at the time, this was followed by movies like, “Black abyss” or “Sixth and Main”, among many.

In the 80s, he continued to star in many roles for many other films, such as Death under the Sun, {@peliculaCurso de 1984}, “Death in the winter”, Scary Night or Scary Night II, films that have been remake recently.

During the 90s, he combined roles on the big screen and documentaries, among these works we can highlight, “Angel 4: Undercover”, “Shakma”, “The evil inside me” or “Keepers of the frame”, among others.

Roddy, not only intervened on the big screen, but would give life with his voice to a good number of cartoon characters, as in Batman, or for Disney. He also put his voice over for series like The Twilight Zone, Los Invasores, El Fantasy Island, or Hollywood Squares.

Roddy Mcdowall, also liked photography, and had several exhibitions with photos that he did himself. He also wrote 5 books on this subject, which he dedicated to actresses such as Maureen O’Hara, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Holliday and Judy Garland.

Roddy Mcdowall, spent several years in charge of several important positions related to the world of cinema, such as Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Hollywood or President of the Foundation of the Academy.

Roddy McDowall, died on October 3, 1998, in Study City, California, United States.