Roddy McDowall

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English-American actor, director, and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1973)

A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fielder Cook
CAST:  Sebastian Cabot  •  Jane Alexander  •  David Hartman  •  Suzanne Davidson

The Big Country (1958)

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Jean Simmons  •  Carroll Baker  •  Charlton Heston

5 Card Stud (1968)

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Dean Martin  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Inger Stevens  •  Roddy McDowall

A Bug's Life (1998)

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On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Phyllis Diller

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Lew Ayres  •  Bobby Porter  •  Richard Eastham

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  David Tomlinson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Sam Jaffe

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

During a rescue mission to locate missing astronaut George Taylor, John Brent crash lands on the Planet of the Apes. Brent, along with Taylor's companion, Nova, find he has disappeared into an underground city known as the Forbidden Zone and attempt to track him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Linda Harrison  •  James Franciscus  •  Kim Hunter

Cleopatra (1963)

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Rex Harrison  •  Roddy McDowall

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Don Murray  •  Joyce Haber  •  Ricardo Montalban

Cutting Class (1989)

High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rospo Pallenberg
CAST:  Donovan Leitch  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Brad Pitt  •  Roddy McDowall

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

Two lovers, driving their Dodge Charger, are ruthlessly chased by the police after robbing a grocery store.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hough
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Susan George  •  Adam Roarke  •  Kenneth Tobey

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. The third in the original Planet of the Apes series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Taylor
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Kim Hunter  •  Bradford Dillman  •  Natalie Trundy

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964)

Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo are shipped off to the San Diego Zoo by Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith who is tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick" basket stealing. Yogi escapes by convincing a bear named Cornpone to switch places with him and go to sunny California ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hanna  •  Joseph Barbera
CAST:  Daws Butler  •  Don Messick  •  Julie Bennett  •  Mel Blanc

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Anna Lee  •  Donald Crisp

It! (1966)

After a warehouse fire, museum director Groof and assistant Pimm find everything destroyed, only one statue withstood the fire mysteriously undamaged. Suddenly Groof is lying dead on the ground, killed by the statue? Pimm finds out that the cursed statue has been ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert J. Leder
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Jill Haworth  •  Paul Maxwell  •  Aubrey Richards

Lassie Come Home (1943)

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Donald Crisp  •  May Whitty  •  Edmund Gwenn

Macbeth (1948)

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanette Nolan  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Alan Napier

Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)

A Vietnam veteran gets caught in a mob war with a couple of double-crossers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Williamson
CAST:  Fred Williamson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Jenny Sherman

Overboard (1987)

Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht -- and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Goldie Hawn  •  Kurt Russell  •  Edward Herrmann  •  Katherine Helmond

Planet of the Apes (1968)

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An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Kim Hunter  •  James Daly
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