Mostly Credited As: Roddy McDowall
Sometimes Credited As: Roddy McDowell
Birth Name: Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall
Date Of Birth: September 17, 1928 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Herne Hill, London, England
Date Of Death: October 03, 1998
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer (Studio City, CA)
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)
By 1977, Roddy McDowall was signed to play the starring role of Jonathan Willoway in NBC-TV's science-fantasy series, "The Fantastic Journey."
He portrayed a scientist, rejected by peers in the 1960s, who fled the United States, only to disappear over the Sea of Japan. He was later discovered in a time zone peopled by alien beings and their android slaves in the episode "Beyond the Mountain."
McDowall was also starring in "NBC's Best Seller The Rhinemann Exchange. " His numerous guest starring roles were in such series as "Police Woman," "McMillan," "McCloud", '"Columbo" and Ellery Queen."
This was McDowall's second television series role. He portrayed Galen in "Planet of the Apes," after starring in four of the "Apes" motion pictures.
McDowall began his film career at the age of 8 in the British film "Scruffy," and appeared in 16 more movies before coming to the United Stales. His first American film was "Man Hunt" in 1941, and his career as a "child star" continued through "My Friend Flicka" and "Molly and Me."
His later motion picture credits included "Inside Daisy Clover." "Lord Lave a Duck," "The Longest Day," "Cleopatra," "The Poseidon Adventure" and "Funny Lady ."
McDowall was also a photographer, his work appeared in Life, Look, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Paris Match and many other magazines. Three books feature his photography "Double Exposure," Othello," and "Elizabeth Taylor. "