Creator / Roddy McDowall

"(Acting is) the only profession where the accumulation of reputation and excellence doesn't really mean very much next Monday morning. It's like being a fruit picker; it's seasonal."

Roderick Andre Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 October 3, 1998), known professionally as Roddy McDowall, was an English-American actor, voice actor, film director, and photographer.

He started acting when he was ten years old during The Golden Age of Hollywood, gaining prominence for his roles in such films as How Green Was My Valley, Lassie Come Home, and My Friend Flicka, and continued in his acting career until his death, ultimately becoming known as a talented character actor across a wide range of projects — amongst them the original Planet of the Apes films as Dr. Cornelius and his son Caesar and Octavian in Cleopatra (for which he would have gotten an Academy Award nomination had Fox not screwed the paper work up).

He has the distinction of playing not one but two Batman villains in two different adaptations of the franchise; he played the one-shot villain Bookworm in the '60s live-action series and later voiced Jervis Tetch the Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series. (He also narrated the audiobook of the novelization of the 1989 film.)

In his later years he lent his voice to many a cartoon; in addition to playing the Mad Hatter, he was also the villainous hamster Snowball in Pinky and the Brain, Samwise Gamgee in the Rankin-Bass version of The Return of the King, and the Water Rater in their version of "The Wind in the Willows". His last role was the voice of the ant, Mr. Soil in Pixar's A Bug's Life.

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