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Roddy McDowall Biography

Birth Name:
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall
Birth Place:
Herne Hill, London, England
Actor, photographer

Fast Facts

  • Relocated to California as a child during World War II to escape the German bombing of London
  • Played Ariel in a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest at the 1955 Connecticut Shakespeare Festival
  • Owned a large collection of copied movies and film prints before the advent of home video
  • Published five books of photography
  • Served for many years on the executive board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Just before his death, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named its photo archive after him


  • 1964Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Thomas Andrew McDowall -- Father
  • Winifred McDowall -- Mother
  • Virginia McDowall -- Sister