DEAD: Roddy McDowall

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Roddy McDowall (aged 70)
Actor (Planet of the Apes)

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude “Roddy” McDowall(September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English-American actor, voice artist, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943).

DEATH: On 3 October 1998, at age 70, McDowall died of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean on 7 October 1998 off Los Angeles County. Dennis Osborne, a screenwriter, had cared for the actor in his final months. The media quoted Osborne as having said, “It was very peaceful. It was just as he wanted it. It was exactly the way he planned.”

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