Roddy McDowall was an award winning actor and film director who became famous for portraying ‘Cornelius’ in the film ‘Planet of the Apes’. He starred in numerous films, television and radio show and as ‘Caesar’ in the later series of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ films.
Roddy McDowall was born Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall in London, England on September 17th 1928. His mother was Irish and his father Scottish. Having appeared in several films as a child he moved with his family to the USA in 1940. He continued his acting career appearing in films such as the Academy Award winning film ‘How Green was My Valley’ in 1941.
McDowall went on to have a successful film career in the US, appearing in films such as ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and ‘A Bug’s Life’. He also had a successful career on the stage and as a voice artist. For several year McDowall served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars).
Roddy McDowall, award winning actor and film director who became famous for portraying ‘Cornelius’ in the film ‘Planet of the Apes’, died at his home in California in the year 1998 On This Day.