McDowall was one of the few child actors to continue his career successfully into adulthood, but it was usually in character roles, notably in four of the five original Planet of the Apes movies (1968-1973). Other film appearances included The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974). He also appeared on stage and television.
He played a character villain, The Bookworm, in the camp 1960s TV series Batman and had an acclaimed recurring role as The Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series.
McDowall served for several years in various capacities on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that presents the Oscar. He was Chairman of the Actors Branch for 5 terms. He was elected President of the Academy Foundation the year he died.
He also received recognition as a photographer and published five books of photographs.
He died in Studio City, California from lung cancer.
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Roddy McDowall Facts
|Birth Name||Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall|
|Birthday||September 17, 1928|
|Birthplace||Herne Hill, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Date of death||October 3, 1998 (Studio City, California, USA, age 70)|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Roddy McDowall compared to you?|
|A Bug's Life|
|Bedknobs And Broomsticks Special Edition|
|Created to Kill|
|Evil Under the Sun|
|Molly and Me|