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Roddy McDowall (1928–1998)

Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns. His ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Other Works:

Book: "Double Exposure, Take Two", 1989 (photographs) See more »

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1 Interview | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Roddy MacDowall | Roddy McDowell


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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[on his more well-known 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. See more »


In 1974, the FBI raided his home and seized his collection of films and television series during an investigation of copyright infringement and movie piracy. The collection consisted of 160 16mm prints and over 1,000 videocassettes. The value of the films was conservatively assessed at $5,005,426 by representatives of the movie industry. The actor was not charged and agreed to cooperate with the ... See more »

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