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Roddy McDowall
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    (September 17, 1928-October 3, 1998)
    Birth name was Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall
    Starred in 'Lassie Come Home (1943),' 'My Friend Flicka (1943),' 'Molly and Me (1945),' 'Holiday in Mexico (1946),' 'Black Midnight (1949),' 'Killer Shark (1950),' 'Midnight Lace (1960),' 'Cleopatra (1963),' 'Greatest Story Ever Told(1965),' 'That Darn Cat! (1965),' 'Lord Love a Duck (1966),' 'Planet of the Apes (1968),' 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971),' 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972),' 'Poseidon Adventure (1972),' 'Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973),' 'Legend of Hell House (1973),' 'Laserblast (1978),' ''Martian Chronicles (1979),' 'Class of 1984 (1982),' 'Fright Night (1985),' 'Overboard (1987),' 'Cutting Class (1989),' 'Shakma (1990)' and 'Bug's Life (1998)'
    After 'Planet of the Apes,' he was typecast in movies about monkeys or apes (Shakma, Tales of the Gold Monkey, etc.)
    It has long been rumored that he was gay.
    He never married.
    He smoked.
    His name is often misspelled.
    He died of cancer.
    He was one of the few child stars who was actually more successful as an adult.
    He played the villain 'The Bookworm' on the 1966 'Batman' TV series.
    He self-proclaimed himself as Hollywood's greatest fan and developed an extensive collection of movies and memorabilia.
    In 1974, the FBI raided the home of Roddy McDowall and seized the actor's collection of bootlegged classic films. The actor was not charged and agreed to cooperate with the FBI.
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) honor Roddy McDowall for his acting career and critically acclaimed photography by naming its photo archive after him. The collection, which includes several millions of negatives and stills, will be known as the Roddy McDowall Photograph Archive at the Margaret Herrick Library.
    McDowall won the admiration of a new generation of fans in two 1980s horror movies, playing horror-movie-host-turned-vampire-hunter Peter Vincent in Fright Night (1985 and its 1989 sequel).
    He was rumored to have one of the largest penises in Hollywood.
    His sister Virginia was Montgomery Clift's private secretary.
    In the memorable 'Twilight Zone' 'People are Alike All Over,' he gave an incredible performance as an astronaut placed in a zoo on Mars.

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