Roddy McDowall

A celebrated scion of Hollywood's ruling class.

Roddy McDowall
Full NameRoderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall


The illustrious Roddy McDowall was born into a family of distinction and grace. From a young age he was enrolled in elocution courses and was soon cast in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938). Following the onset of World War II, his mother brought him and his sister to the United States and his talents were quickly recognized, bringing him the part of Huw in the 1941 Academy Award-winning film How Green Was My Valley. At eighteen, he moved to New York and completed a series of Broadway roles, becoming a star. His remarkable career would span many more decades and his name will be forever remembered in the annals of cinematic history.

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  • Primetime Emmy1961
    Sunday ShowcaseOutstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program


  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Remember WENN
  • The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion
  • Hollywood on Horses
  • The Immigrants
  • The New Batman Adventures
  • All-Star Party for Lucille Ball
  • Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
  • The Pirates of Dark Water
  • Suspicion
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars
  • George Burns Comedy Week
  • Superman: The Animated Series
  • Matinee Theatre
  • Goodyear Playhouse
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Oscar's Greatest Moments
  • Tales of the Gold Monkey
  • Topper Returns
  • The Legend of Robin Hood
  • The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen
  • The Snoop Sisters
  • Celanese Theatre
  • Pinky and the Brain
  • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
  • The Tick
  • Journey to the Unknown
  • The Longest Day
  • Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles
  • Ponds Theater
  • Laugh-In
  • Biography
  • Mary Pickford: A Life on Film
  • The Elgin Hour
  • The Evil Inside Me
  • That's Entertainment, Part II
  • Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • 2 Stupid Dogs
  • A Bug's Life
  • The Delphi Bureau
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Fantastic Journey
  • The Danny Thomas Hour
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • It's My Party
  • Wonder Woman

Family Tree

Roddy and Virginia McDowall were born of noble blood, with Roddy's mother being descended from Irish nobility and his father a merchant seaman. From a young age, Roddy and Virginia were destined for greatness, with Roddy appearing in his first film at the age of ten and Virginia taking on a number of roles throughout her career. Despite the ravages of World War II, the McDowall siblings were brought to the United States at the start of the war, where Roddy was cast in the classic John Ford film How Green Was My Valley. Virginia went on to become a celebrated actress in her own right, appearing in a number of notable roles, and both siblings were highly esteemed in their respective fields. They left behind a legacy of nobility, grace, and poise that will continue to inspire generations to come.

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