Roddy McDowall: Personal & Biographical Information

compiled by Sally Mierop


CHRISTENED NAME
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall


BORN
September 17, 1928
204 Herne Hill Road
Herne Hill (London SE24), England


Roddy's house 1972-1998
DIED
October 3, 1998
Studio City, California
7:30AM PDT (lung cancer)


NATURALIZATION
September 17, 1949


PARENTS
Thomas Andrew McDowall (Scottish)
Winifriede L. (Corcoran) McDowall (Irish)

married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


SIBLINGS
Virginia McDowall
Born: September 23, 1927

London, England


MARITAL STATUS
Never married (no children)


HEIGHT & WEIGHT
5' 9" 150 lbs.


SCHOOLING
St. Joseph College (school) Beulah Hill, London, England
Hanover Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
20th Century-Fox Schoolroom for child actors (1940-46)
Graduated University High School, Los Angeles, California June 19, 1946


HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE OF PERFORMING ARTS
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
October 9, 1995


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Studied acting with Edith King-Hall, London, England (1935-40)
Mira Rostova, New York City, New York (1952-57)
David Craig (husband of actress Nancy Walker), New York City, New York
Bobby Lewis, New York City, New York


SERVICE
Organized Reserve Corps 8 years (1946-54)
PVT. R.A. McDowall
1930585 HDQ and HDQ SV CO.
67th Armored Infantry Battalion Division
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California


HOBBIES
Photography
Film collecting & movie memorabilia
Expert on the history of cinema
Collecting friends
Swimming

AWARDS

  • Gold Acting Medal (May, 1939)
    "Puck and the Fairy" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    Hanover Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
  • 17 elocution and acting certificates (1935-1940)
    Hanover Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
  • National Board of Review Award - Best Acting *How Green Was My Valley* (1941)
  • 5 blue ribbon Box Office Magazine awards
  • Fame Magazine awards
  • Parents Magazine Award - Most Talented Juvenile Actor (1942)
  • Star of Tomorrow (1944)
  • Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award (1960)
    *The Fighting Cock* Actor,
    Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) performance as Tarquin Mendigales
  • Emmy Award (1960-61)
    *Not Without Honor* Equitable's American Heritage, NBC;
    Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a single Program
  • Nominated for Emmy Award (1963-64)
    *Arrest and Trial* NBC; Outstanding Single Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role
  • American Cinema Foundation Award (November 22, 1985)
  • The Silver Medallion Award of Honor (October 1991)
    Motion Picture & Television Fund
  • The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Award (1992)
  • Award for Photography and Motion Picture Contribution (1992)
    The New School, New York
  • Caldwell Theatre Guild's Spotlight Award (April 17, 1993)
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Audrey Hepburn Hollywood for Children Fund's (HFC) Hall of Fame Award (April 1997)
  • The Roddy McDowall Photograph Archive (1998)
    Margaret Herrick Library, Beverly Hills, CA


COMMITTEES INVOLVED
Gish Film Theater National Advisory Committee - co-chair (1989-98)
Lillian & Dorothy Gish Prize Fund Board (1989-98)
National Film Preservation Board (1989-98)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - Board of Governors (1992-1998)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - Chairman of Actors Branch (1992-1998)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - Secretary (1995-98)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - Treasurer (1998)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - Chairman of Finance Committee (Announced Sept. 28,1998 but did not serve.)
Academy Foundation - Board of Trustees (1994-98)
Academy Foundation - Treasurer (1995-98)
Academy Foundation - President (1998)
Audrey Hepburn Hollywood for Children Fund (HFC) - Advisory Board
Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (1997-98)
Bette Davis Foundation - Board of Directors (1998)


SUPPORTED
Motion Picture and Television Fund
Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Movie Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada.



HOLLYWOOD'S WALK OF FAME *STAR* LOCATION
6630-C Hollywood Boulevard (South) between Hudson and Cherokee
Near: City Life Sports
Category/As: Television as Actor (1960)


RODDY MCDOWALL SPECIAL COLLECTION
Boston University
Special Collections
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
*Collection is closed and restricted*



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