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Roddy McDowall was born here
Planet of the Apes actor Roddy McDowell was born and raised here
Location: 204 Herne Hill Road, Herne Hill
Description: Planet of the Apes actor Roddy (Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall) was born here to a theatrical mother and a seafaring father.
He appeared in several British films as a child, and then the family all moved to the USA when Roddy was 11 because of the outbreak of World War II.
He began his long acting career as a child in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on stage and television.
His film roles included Cornelius and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes film series. He featured in It!, The Poseidon Adventure and many TV shows including The Twilight Zone, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Eleventh Hour, Night Gallery, The Invaders, The Carol Burnett Show, Fantasy Island, Columbo and Quantum Leap.
Roddy later served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.