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Roddy McDowall
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Roddy McDowall made a guest appearance as Dr. Edward St. John V, a former lead programmer at Project Quantum Leap in the episode "A Leap for Lisa" in Season 4.

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birth name: Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall
Born: September 17, 1928
Died March 22, 1999(1999-03-22) (aged 70)
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap
Character played: Edward St John V

Roddy McDowall  appeared on the series as Edward St John V, a former head programmer at Project Quantum Leap who appeared briefly in the episode, "A Leap For Lisa". Roddy, a former child actor and veteran actor of six decades, was also a gifted photographer as well. As an actor, Roddy was perhaps best known for his roles in the Planet of the Apes film series, How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home.

Life and career[]

Born in London to Thomas Andrew McDowall (1896-1978) and his wife Winsfriede L. Corcoran (1899-1965), Roddy McDowall had already been in several British films when his family moved to the United States "at the end of 1940" (Roddy McDowall interview on YouTube), to escape the war.[1] His big break came when he was cast in 1941's How Green Was My Valley[2], an emotional drama directed by John Ford. McDowall was the cast in 1943's My Friend Flicka.[3] He then appeared with the the then-unknown child actor Elizabeth Taylor in 1943's Lassie Come Home. (Watch the original trailer here on Youtube.) It is during this time that he and Taylor became close lifelong friends.

Roddy was cast again with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's The White Cliffs of Dover.[4] Roddy lived in the Los Angeles-area with his parents, graduating from University High School in Santa Monica. Roddy had some good films while a child, but as he became older, his career dived into the B-movies where it stalled. He was only appearing in truly awful schlock. It was time for a change.


Roddy died on March 22, 1999, at his home in the Studio City district of Los Angeles of lung cancer. "It was very peaceful," said Dennis Osborne, a screenwriter friend who had cared for the actor in his final months. "It was just as he wanted it. It was exactly the way he planned." Though he was cremated through the Neptune Society Columbarium, his ashes were not distributed in the Pacific Ocean as had been widely reported at the time.

Legacy/posthumous works[]

Roddy became an accomplished photographers and published several books of his photographs of famous people. Roddy McDowall died of lung cancer at his home in Studio City, California. He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

Roddy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6632 Hollywood Blvd, and there is an honorary rose garden "at the Woodland Hills grounds of the Motion Picture & Television Fund" (xmoppet.org) with a statue of him in-costume as Caesar from the Planet of the Apes. His sister Virginia, slightly older than he, survived him, but died Dec 2006.



  • Murder in the Family (1938) as Peter Osborne
  • John Halifax (1938) as Boy
  • Poison Pen (1939) as Choirboy (uncredited)
  • His Brother's Keeper (1940) as Boy
  • Dead Man's Shoes (1940) as Boy
  • Just William (1940) as Ginger
  • Saloon Bar (1940) as Boy
  • You Will Remember (1941) as Young Bob Slater
  • Man Hunt (1941) as Vaner
  • This England (1941) as Hugo, Norman Boy
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941) as Huw Morgan
  • Confirm or Deny (1941) as Albert Perkins
  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) as Benjamin – as a Boy
  • On the Sunny Side (1942) as Hugh Aylesworth
  • The Pied Piper (1942) as Ronnie Cavanaugh
  • My Friend Flicka (1943) as Ken McLaughlin
  • Lassie Come Home (1943) as Joe Carraclough
  • The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) as John Ashwood II as a Boy
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) as Francis Chisholm – as a Boy
  • Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945) as Ken McLaughlin
  • Molly and Me (1945) as Jimmy Graham
  • Holiday in Mexico (1946) as Stanley Owen
  • Rocky (1948) as Chris Hammond
  • Macbeth (1948) as Malcolm
  • Kidnapped (1948) as David Balfour
  • Tuna Clipper (1949) as Alec MacLennan
  • Black Midnight (1949) as Scott Jordan
  • Big Timber (1950) as Jimmy
  • Killer Shark (1950) as Ted
  • The Steel Fist (1952) as Eric Kardin
  • The Big Country (1958) as Hannassey Watchman (uncredited)
  • The Subterraneans (1960) as Yuri Gilgoric
  • Midnight Lace (1960) as Malcolm Stanley
  • The Longest Day (1962) as Pvt. Morris
  • Cleopatra (1963) as Octavian – Caesar Augustus
  • Shock Treatment (1964) as Martin Ashley
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as Matthew
  • The Third Day (1965) as Oliver Parsons
  • The Loved One (1965) as D.J. Jr.
  • Inside Daisy Clover (1965) as Walter Baines
  • That Darn Cat! (1965) as Gregory Benson
  • Lord Love a Duck (1966) as Alan Musgrave
  • The Defector (1966) as Agent Adams
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) as Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Cool Ones (1967) as Tony Krum
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967) as Mr. Sheldon
  • It! (1967) as Arthur Pimm
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) as Cornelius
  • 5 Card Stud (1968) as Nick Evers
  • Midas Run (1969) as Wister
  • Hello Down There (1969) as Nate Ashbury
  • Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969) as Santoro
  • Tam-Lin (1970)
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) as Proffer
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) as Cornelius
  • Terror in the Sky (1971) as Dr. Ralph Baird
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) as Mr. Rowan Jelk
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar
  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) as Frank Gass
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) as Acres
  • Arnold (1973) as Robert
  • The Legend of Hell House (1973) as Benjamin Franklin Fischer
  • Westworld (1973) as Stick Man
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) as Caesar
  • Blazing Saddles (1974) as Fritz Vincent
  • Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) as grocery story manager
  • The Towering Inferno (1974) as Mike Miller
  • Funny Lady (1975) as Bobby
  • Mean Johnny Barrows (1976) as Tony Da Vince
  • Embryo (1976) as Frank Riley
  • Sixth and Main (1977) as Skateboard
  • Laserblast (1978) as Doctor Mellon
  • The Cat from Outer Space (1978) as Mr. Stallwood
  • Circle of Iron (1978) as White Robe
  • The Thief of Baghdad (1978) as Hasan
  • Nutcracker Fantasy (1979) as Franz / Fritz (voice)
  • Scavenger Hunt (1979) as Jenkins
  • The Black Hole (1979) as V.I.N.CENT
  • Airplane! (1980) as Peter Brad
  • Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) as Gillespie
  • Excalibur (1981) as Dr. Fanboy
  • Time Bandits (1981) as Clayton Hans
  • Evil Under the Sun (1982) as Rex Brewster
  • The Thing (1982) as Mr. Claire
  • Class of 1984 (1982) as Terry Corrigan
  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984) as Peck Wakeman
  • This Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) as Dr. Perry
  • Fright Night (1985) as Peter Vincent
  • GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986) as Nuggit (voice)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) as Norris (voice)
  • Dead of Winter (1987) as Mr. Murray
  • Spaceballs (1987) as Mel
  • Overboard (1987) as Andrew
  • Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988) as Minister
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) as Victor
  • Fright Night Part 2 (1988) as Peter Vincent
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) as Sheldon Miller
  • The Big Picture (1989) as Judge
  • Cutting Class (1989) as Mr. Dante
  • Shakma (1990) as Sorenson
  • The Doors (1991) as Samson
  • Out for Justice (1991) as Jimmy Jackson
  • Backdraft (1991) as Peter Perry
  • Thelma and Louise (1991) as Luke Perry
  • Going Under (1991) as Secretary Neighbor
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991) as Tuck Vincent
  • Wayne's World (1992) as Sheldon Perry
  • Falling Down (1993) as Stanley Wazowski
  • Benny & Joon (1993) as Ravepad
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) as King Phillip
  • Tombstone (1993) as Hubert Jackson
  • Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994) as Dr. Lasky
  • The Crow (1994) as Dr. Sid
  • Wyatt Earp (1994) as Brooks
  • Blown Away (1994) as R.J.
  • The Client (1994) as Gordon Baker
  • Airheads (1994) as Jill Henry
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) as Brad Peterson
  • Natural Born Killers (1994) as Dan Peter
  • The Grass Harp (1995) as Amos Legrand
  • Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) as Thomas
  • Heat (1995) as Lenny
  • Star Hunter (1995) as Riecher
  • It's My Party (1996) as Damian Knowles
  • The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997) as King Murphy
  • The Full Monty (1997) as Eddie
  • L.A. Confidential (1997) as Hopper
  • City of Angels (1998) as Jimmy John
  • The Object of My Affection (1998) as Ted
  • Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) as Tuck
  • Something to Believe In (1998) as Gambler
  • Hope Floats (1998) as Peck
  • The Negotiator (1998) as Otis
  • Ronin (1998) as Ozzie
  • Soldier (1998) as Brad
  • A Cool, Dry Place (1998) as Jim
  • The Siege (1998) as Sheldon
  • A Bug's Life (1998) as Mr. Soil (voice) (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1951 Family Theatre Private Huntington (The Professor) Episode: "Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration"
1960 The Twilight Zone Sam Conrad Season 1, Episode 25: "People Are Alike All Over"
1960 The Tempest Ariel TV movie
1961 Naked City Donnie Benton Season 2, Episode 20: "The Fault in Our Stars"
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour George / Gerald Musgrove Season 2, Episode 24: "The Gentleman Caller"
Season 3, Episode 5: "See the Monkey Dance"
1964 Combat! Murfree Season 3, Episode 13: "The Long Walk"
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Robert "Professor" Benson Season 2, Episode 11: "The Wine-Dark Sea"
1965 Ben Casey Dwight Franklin Season 4, Episode 19: "When I am grown to Man's Estate"
1966 12 O'Clock High "T" / Sgt. Willets Season 2, Episode 24: "Angel Babe"
1966 Batman Bookworm Season 1, Episode 29: "The Bookworm Turns"
Season 1, Episode: 30 "While Gotham City Burns"
1966 Run for Your Life Gyula Bognar Episode: "Don't Count on Tomorrow"
1967 The Cricket on the Hearth Cricket Crocket Voice, TV movie
1967 The Invaders Lloyd Lindstrom Season 1, Episode: 2 "The Experiment"
1968 The Legend of Robin Hood Prince John Episode dated 18 February 1968
1969 Journey to the Unknown Rollo Verdew Season 1, Episode 12: "The Killing Bottle"
1969 It Takes a Thief Roger Season 2, Episode 19: "Boom at the Top"
1969 Night Gallery Jeremy Evans "The Cemetery" segment
1969 The Name of the Game Philip Saxon Season 1, Episode 11: "The White Birch"
1970 The Name of the Game Early McCorley Season 3, Episode 12: "Why I Blew Up Dakota"
1971 Terror in the Sky Dr. Ralph Baird TV movie
1971 A Taste of Evil Dr. Michael Lomas TV movie
1971 What's a Nice Girl Like You...? Albert Soames TV movie
1972 Columbo Roger Stanford Episode: "Short Fuse"
1972 The Rookies: Dirge for Sunday Fenner Episode: "Dirge for Sunday"
1972 Mission: Impossible Leo Ostro Episode: The Puppet
1973–1974 The Carol Burnett Show Himself – Guest
1973 Barnaby Jones Stanley Lambert Episode: "See Some Evil... Do Some Evil"
1973 Miracle on 34th Street Dr. Sawyer 1973 remake, TV movie
1973 McMillan & Wife Jamie McMillan Episode: "Death of a Monster... Birth of a Legend"
1974 Planet of the Apes Galen 14 episodes
1974 The Elevator Marvin Ellis TV movie
1976 Ellery Queen The Amazing Armitage Season 1, Episode: 12 "The Adventure of the Black Falcon"
1976 Flood! Mr. Franklin TV movie
1976 Mowgli's Brothers Narrator / Mowgli / Shere Khan / Baloo / Bagheera / Tabaqui Voice, TV Short
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Vincent Stoddard Season 1, Episode 12: "The Mayan Connection"
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange Bobby Ballard 3 episodes
1977 The Fantastic Journey Dr. Jonathan Willoway 8 Episodes
1977 Wonder Woman Henry Roberts / Professor Arthur Chapman 2 episodes
1978 The Immigrants Mark Levy TV movie
1978 The Thief of Baghdad Hasan TV movie
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Governor Saroyan Season 1, Episode 2: "Planet of the Slave Girls"
1979 Supertrain Talcott Episode: "The Green Lady"
1979 Hart to Hart Dr. Peterson Episode: "Hart to Hart"
1979 Mork & Mindy Chuck the Robot Voice, Episode: "Dr. Morkenstein"
1980 The Martian Chronicles Father Stone 3 episodes
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker MacFarland TV movie
1980 The Return of the King Samwise Gamgee Voice, TV movie
1980–1981 Fantasy Island Mephistopheles 2 Episodes
1981 The Million Dollar Face Derek Kenyon TV movie
1982–1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Bon Chance Louie 20 episodes
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John TV movie
1985 Hollywood Wives Jason Swankle 3 episodes
1985 Alice in Wonderland The March Hare TV movie
1985–1989 Murder, She Wrote Gordon Fairchild / Dr. Alger Kenyon 2 episodes
1985 Bridges to Cross Norman Parks Episode: "Memories of Molly"
1987–1989 Matlock Don Mosher / Christopher Hoyt 2 episodes
1987 The Wind in the Willows Ratty Voice, TV movie
1988 Remo Williams: The Prophecy Chuin TV movie
1989 Around the World in 80 Days McBaines 3 episodes
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water Niddler Voice, 5 Episodes
1991 An Inconvenient Woman Cyril Rathbone 2 episodes
1991 Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas Narrator Voice
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant King Frederick Voice, Episode: "The Battle of Greystone"
1992 Quantum Leap Edward St. John V Season 4, Episode: "A Leap for Lisa"
1992 Darkwing Duck Sir Quackmire Mallard Voice, Episode: "Inherit the Wimp"
1992–1994 Batman: The Animated Series Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter Voice, 4 episodes
1992 Camp Candy Voice, Episode: "When it Rains… it Snows"
1993 2 Stupid Dogs Chameleon Voice, Episode: "Chameleon"
1993 SWAT Kats Lenny Ringtail / Madkat Voice, Episode: "Enter the Madkat"
1994 Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is Jeremy Sennet TV movie
1994 Red Planet Headmaster Marcus Howe Voice, 3 Episodes
1994 The Tick Breadmaster Voice, 6 Episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... Rex Gaydon Episode: "Nostalgia"
1996 Gargoyles Proteus Voice, Episode: "The New Olympians"
1996 Duckman Akers Voice, Episode: "Apocalypse Not"
1996 Pinky and the Brain Snowball Voice, 6 Episodes
1996 Dead Man's Island Trevor Dunnaway TV movie
1996 Unlikely Angel Saint Peter TV movie
1998 The New Batman Adventures Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter Voice, 2 Episodes
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Episode: "Knight Time"
1998 Behind the Planet of the Apes host / narrator Television documentary
1999 Godzilla: The Series Dr. Hugh Trevor Voice, Episode: "DeadLoch"
Posthumous Release


  • Young Woodley (1946)
  • Macbeth (1947)
  • Misalliance (1953)
  • Escapade (1953)
  • Julius Caesar (1955)
  • The Tempest (1955)
  • No Time for Sergeants (1955)
  • Good as Gold (1957)
  • Compulsion (1957)
  • Handful of Fire (1958)
  • Look After Lulu (1959)
  • The Fighting Cock (1959)
  • Camelot (1960)
  • The Astrakhan Coat (1967)
  • Charlie's Aunt (1975)
  • Dial M for Murder (1995–1996)
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical (1997)

Radio appearances[]

Year Program Episode/source
1943 Lux Radio Theatre My Friend Flicka
1947 Suspense One Way Street
1948 The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen Rocky Iii And The Dead Mans Chest
1952 Family Theatre A Lullaby for Christmas


External links[]

Further reading[]

  • Virginia McDowall (his sister) on YouTube (last third of this video by the Musgrave Foundation)


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