Roddy McDowall
Biographical Information
Born September 17th, 1928
London, England
Died October 3rd, 1998
Los Angeles, California, United States
Productions Camelot as Mordred (original Broadway cast)
The Tempest as Ariel
The Cool Ones as Tony Krum
Alice in Wonderland as The March Hare
The Wind in the Willows as Ratty
Recordings Camelot (original cast recording)
The Tempest (film soundtrack)
The Cool Ones (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Tenor

Roddy McDowall was an English actor.


Born in Herne Hill, London, McDowall was a child model and then an actor, making his first major film appearance at the age of 10. Upon moving to America, he was cast in How Green Was My Valley, which led to international recognition. McDowall acheived the rare feat of managing the transition from child to adult star, appearing in stage productions such as Orson Welles' Macbeth and the original production of Camelot.

A distinguished character actor, McDowall became particularly well known for his appearances in the Planet of the Apes films, as well as acclaimed performances in films such as Cleopatra and It! and television roles such as the Mad Hatter in Batman. He was also a sought after photographer, and in later years a voice artist.

McDowall passed away in 1998.


In his long career, McDowall had a handful of singing roles on film, beginning with that of Ariel in The Tempest, and a solo in The Cool Ones; "Where Did I Wrong?". In the animated adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, he had a number of songs, including the solo "Messing Around in Boats". He also originated the role of Mordred in the musical Camelot.


The Tempest (1960)Edit

  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands (solo)

The Cool Ones (1967)Edit

  • Where Did I Go Wrong? (solo)

Alice in Wonderland (1985)Edit

  • Can You Hear Us, Alice?

The Wind in the Willows (1987)Edit

  • Messing Around in Boats (solo)
  • We Don't Have Any Pate de Foie Gras (duet)
  • I Hate Company


Camelot (1960)Edit

  • The Seven Deadly Virtues (solo)
  • Fie On Goodness

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