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Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall [12]


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Born:September 17, 1928
Died:October 3, 1998 (70)
Filmography Rating:7.24 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.57 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.27 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:68.29%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Planet of the Apes [1968](40) => Cornelius
Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970](42) => Cornelius (archive footage)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971](43) => Mr. Jelk
Escape from the Planet of the Apes [1971](43) => Cornelius
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes [1972](44) => Caesar
Battle for the Planet of the Apes [1973](45) => Caesar
Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series [1974](46) => Galen
The Cat from Outer Space [1978](50) => Mr. Stallwood
The Black Hole [1979](51) => V.I.N.CENT. (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized) (voice)
Alice in Wonderland [1985](57) => The March Hare
Behind the Planet of the Apes [1998](70) => Cornelius (archive footage) / Caesar (archive footage) / Himself / Hosted by
A Bug's Life [1998](70) => Mr. Soil (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970]
  • The only film in the original series of five that does not star Roddy McDowall. Despite this, McDowall is often pictured on video and DVD packaging for this film. Roddy McDowall was unable to appear in this film because he was committed to another project. He can, however, be spotted briefly in the opening prologue, even though another actor plays the role later in the film.
    Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series [1974]
  • This was Roddy McDowall's first starring role in a television series. He later played the regular character Dr. Jonathan Willoway in [The Fantastic Journey], another short-lived science fiction series.
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes [2011]
  • This is the first [Planet of the Apes] film in which neither Charlton Heston nor Roddy McDowall, the stars of the original Planet of the Apes, are involved in the actual film making. Heston died on April 5, 2008 at the age of 84 whereas McDowall died on October 3, 1998 at the age of 70. It is, however, Charlton Heston's 5th 'appearence' in the [Planet of the Apes] franchise. 1) He starred in the original; 2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes; 3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes; 4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake; and 5) can be seen on the TV set in the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy in this movie.
  • References to the original Planet of the Apes abound.
    * The name of Tom Felton's character Dodge Landon is a reference to the characters Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Landon (Robert Gunner), Colonel Taylor's (Charlton Heston) fellow astronauts.
    * The orangutan character befriended by Caeser in prison is named Maurice after actor ~1814~, who played the orangutan Doctor Zaius.
    * The name given to Caesar's mother is "Bright Eyes" due to the coloration in her eyes caused by the ALZ-112 virus. "Bright Eyes" is the name given to Taylor (Charlton Heston) by Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter).
    * A news headline reports that the "Icarus" is the first craft headed to Mars. This is one of the fan-proposed names of Taylor's (Charlton Heston) craft, and refers to the Greek myth which cautions against overreaching ambition.
    * Dodge Landon speaks two of Charlton Heston's most famous lines from the original: "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!" and "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"
    * Clips from Charlton Heston in The Agony and the Ecstasy and The Ten Commandments are shown.
    * In one scene, Caesar is shown handling a 3D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty, in reference to the the original ending.
    * The gorilla Buck is named after Buck Kartalian who played Julius the gorilla.
    * One of the female apes is "Cornelia", named for Dr. Cornelius of the original.
    * The lab worker who cares for the chimps is named Franklin, a nod to director Franklin J. Schaffner.
    * Jamie Harris plays Rodney, the sympathetic keeper in the ape sanctuary, named for original ape actor Roddy McDowall.
    * Late in the film we are told that the spacecraft and astronauts have disappeared. We can assume that they gone into a time warp and will end up on the future Planet of the Apes.
    Behind the Planet of the Apes [1998]
  • Host Roddy McDowall died on October 3, 1998, less than a month after the broadcast of this special.
    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes [1972]
  • The final scene in which Caesar is giving his "equality" speech was added after the film's completion. This is why the final shot is only of Caesar's eyes and is of a grainy quality; the shot was just a cropped piece of footage from earlier in the film. Roddy McDowall was brought in the read the final lines, which were then edited into place and the film re-released.
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [2014]
  • The name of Judy Greer's character, Cornelia, is a nod to Cornelius, the helpful chimpanzee from Planet of the Apes played by Roddy McDowall.
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971]
  • Roddy McDowall's the third in the cast list, but he appears less than 10 minutes in the film.
  • Many people in the film, both on and off screen, have actual connections to WWII. Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall and Robert Stevenson all emigrated to the US from the UK due to the outbreak of war, while David Tomlinson served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and Robert B. Sherman served in the United States Army and was one of the first Allied soldiers to see the Dachau concentration camp. He used his time recuperating from a gunshot wound to the knee to learn about the English people and their culture. On the other side, Manfred Lating and [?] Fred Hellmich were native-born Germans who had actually lived under Nazi rule.
    A Bug's Life [1998]
  • This was Roddy McDowall's final film, released 7 1/2 weeks after his death on October 3, 1998 at the age of 70.