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McDowell at the 2015 Fan Expo Canada
Malcolm John Taylor
13 June 1943
|Residence||Ojai, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Home town||Liverpool, England|
(m. 1975; div. 1980)
(m. 1980; div. 1990)
|Children||5, including Charlie McDowell|
Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor; 13 June 1943) is an English actor, known for his boisterous and sometimes villainous roles. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In a career spanning over 50 years, McDowell has played varied film roles across different genres as a character actor. He is perhaps best known for the controversial roles of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), the title character in Tinto Brass's Caligula (1979), and Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's trilogy of if.... (1968), O Lucky Man! (1973) and Britannia Hospital (1982). He has appeared in films such as Time After Time (1979), Cat People (1982), Star Trek Generations (1994), Tank Girl (1995), Gangster No. 1 (2000), as Dr. Samuel Loomis in the 2007 remake of Halloween and its 2009 sequel, Halloween II, Easy A (2010) and The Artist (2011).
McDowell has had a string of roles on numerous television series such as Entourage (2006–2007; 2009–2011), Heroes (2007–2008), Franklin & Bash (2011–2014) and Mozart in the Jungle (2014–2018). He narrated the documentary The Compleat Beatles (1982), and in recent years has become a prolific voice actor in films, television series and video games such as Metalocalypse (2007–2012), Bolt (2008), Fallout 3 (2008), God of War III (2010), Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015) and The Elder Scrolls Online (2015). He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
McDowell was born Malcolm John Taylor in Horsforth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He is the son of Edna (née McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. He is the middle of three siblings, with two sisters, Gloria (older) and Judy (younger).
His family later moved to Bridlington, since his father was stationed at the nearby RAF Carnaby with the Royal Air Force. He grew up in Liverpool and worked in Planters nut factory in Aintree and in his father's pub in Burscough, Lancashire. He is a fan of Premier League football team Liverpool and spent much of his boyhood on the Kop. McDowell trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
While enrolled in Cannock House School, McDowell began taking acting classes, and eventually secured work as an extra with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his film debut as school rebel Mick Travis in if.... (1968) by British director Lindsay Anderson. A landmark of British countercultural cinema, the BFI named if.... the 12th greatest British film of the 20th century. McDowell's next roles were in Figures in a Landscape (1970) and The Raging Moon (1971). His performance in if.... caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick, who cast McDowell for the lead in A Clockwork Orange (1971), adapted from the novel by Anthony Burgess. He gained positive reviews for his performance as Alex DeLarge, a young sadomasochist brainwashed by the British government in a dystopian future. He was nominated for Golden Globe, a National Society of Film Critics nomination, and a New York Film Critics Circle nomination as Best Actor.
He worked with Anderson again for O Lucky Man! (1973), which was inspired by McDowell's experience working as a coffee salesman, and Britannia Hospital (1982). McDowell regularly appeared on British television productions in the 1970s in adaptations of theatre classics, one example being with Laurence Olivier in The Collection (1976), as part of the series Laurence Olivier Presents. He starred in Aces High (1975) and co-starred in Voyage of the Damned (1976), and as Dornford Yates' gentleman hero Richard Chandos in She Fell Among Thieves (1978) and the title character in Caligula (1979). He made his Hollywood debut as H. G. Wells in Time After Time (1979). He has often portrayed antagonists, later remarking on his career playing film villains: "I suppose I'm primarily known for that but in fact, that would only be half of my career if I was to top it all up". In his biography Anthony Burgess: A Life, author Roger Lewis commented on McDowell's later career: "his pretty-boy looks faded and he was condemned to playing villains in straight-to-video films that turn up on Channel 5".
McDowell appeared in the action film Blue Thunder (1983) as F.E. Cochrane, and the horror remake Cat People (1982). In 1983, he starred in Get Crazy as Reggie Wanker, a parody of Mick Jagger. Also in 1983, McDowell starred as the Wolf (Reginald von Lupen) in Faerie Tale Theatre's rendition of "Little Red Riding Hood" (his wife at that time, Mary Steenburgen, played Little Red Riding Hood). In 1984, he narrated the documentary The Compleat Beatles. He is known in Star Trek circles as "the man who killed Captain Kirk", appearing in the film Star Trek Generations (1994) in which he played the mad scientist Dr. Tolian Soran, and several overzealous Star Trek fans even issued death threats for this. McDowell appeared in several computer games, most notably as Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in the Wing Commander series of computer games. His appearance in Wing Commander III marked the series transition from 2D pre-rendered cutscenes to live-action cutscenes. His appearance in Wing Commander IV was during the final days of video game live action cutscenes.
In 1995, he co-starred with actress and artist Lori Petty in the science fiction/action comedy film Tank Girl. Here, he played the villain Dr. Kesslee, the evil director of the global Water and Power Company, whose main goal in the story was to control the planet's entire water supply on a future desert-like, post-apocalyptic Earth.
McDowell appeared in an episode of the animated series South Park, which provided a comedic retelling of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. In the episode, McDowell played the real-life narrator of the story in live action, introducing himself simply as "a British person", in a parody of Masterpiece Theatre, and its ex-host, Alistair Cooke.
McDowell played himself in Robert Altman's The Player, in which he chastises protagonist Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) for badmouthing him behind his back. He worked with Altman once again for The Company (2003) as "Mr. A.", the fictional director of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. His character was based on real-life director Gerald Arpino. McDowell had a brief but memorable role as the psychopathic Gangster in the British crime film Gangster No. 1 (2000). In the film I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003), he played a straight married man who rapes a young drug dealer to "teach him a lesson". The film also starred Clive Owen as the victim's elder brother.
In 2006, McDowell portrayed radio mogul Jonas Slaughter on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The following year, he portrayed the villainous Mr. Linderman on the first season of the NBC series Heroes, a role he reprised in the third-season premiere. He starred in Jerry Was a Man, which appeared as an episode of Masters of Science Fiction on Sky. He portrayed Terrence McQuewick on Entourage, and he made a Special Guest Appearance as the icy fashion designer Julian Hodge in the Monk season 4 episode, "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show". Never Apologize is a 2007 documentary film of Malcolm McDowell's one-man show about his experiences working with film director Lindsay Anderson.
McDowell appeared as Dr. Samuel Loomis in Rob Zombie's remakes of Halloween and Halloween II (in 2007 and 2009, respectively). Although the films were not well received critically, they performed better at the box office and McDowell was widely praised for his performances and for being perfectly cast. He also played Desmond LaRochette in Robert Whitlow's The List (2007), and Irish patriarch Enda Doyle in Red Roses and Petrol (2003). His next film is the Canadian vampire comedy rock and roll film Suck (2009) with actor/director Rob Stefaniuk and the upcoming Alex Wright film Two Wolves. In December 2009, he made an appearance in the music video "Snuff" by the heavy metal band Slipknot. He appears, uncredited, as the curator Lombardi, in the film The Book of Eli (2010). McDowell portrayed Satan in the Christian comedy thriller film Suing the Devil (2011).
In 2011, McDowell was cast in the role of Stanton Infeld on the TNT original series Franklin & Bash, and appeared in the Academy Award-winning film The Artist. In 2012, McDowell appeared in the horror films Vamps and Silent Hill: Revelation. On 16 March 2012, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, aptly outside the Pig n' Whistle British pub on Hollywood Boulevard. His fellow British actor Gary Oldman was in attendance and paid tribute to McDowell for inspiring him to become an actor.
In 2013, he appeared as the title character in the psychological thriller The Employer, for which he won Best Actor at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. In 2013, McDowell also ventured into the Steampunk genre, starring in the short film Cowboys & Engines alongside Richard Hatch and Walter Koenig. In 2013, he starred as King Henry II in the film Richard the Lionheart, with Gregory Chandler as the title character. He portrayed Father Murder in the 2016 Rob Zombie film 31. McDowell also plays Boogeyman in Abnormal Attraction co-starring Gilbert Gottfried, Bruce Davison, Tyler Mane and Leslie Easterbrook.
McDowell was the featured narrator in the documentary, The Compleat Beatles released in 1982. He has voiced Lord Maliss in Happily Ever After (1993), the Superman villain Metallo in Superman: The Animated Series, Mad Mod on Teen Titans, Merlyn in DC Showcase: Green Arrow, (2010) Arkady Duvall (son of Ra's al Ghul) on Batman: The Animated Series and as the voice of a Death Star commander on a Robot Chicken episode parodying Star Wars. He is also a regular on the second season of the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse as Vater Orlaag and other characters. McDowell also voiced Dr. Calico in Disney's Bolt (2008) and the henchman Reeses II in the animated series Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys, a show laced with references to many movies including his own role in A Clockwork Orange.
In 2006–07, he contributed spoken word to two Pink Floyd tribute albums produced by Billy Sherwood: Back Against the Wall and Return to the Dark Side of the Moon. He has also provided voice-over work for Borgore on his album #NEWGOREORDER (2014). In 2008, McDowell began a recurring role as Grandpa Fletcher on Phineas and Ferb. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars.
McDowell reprised his role of Metallo in the video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips and an episode of Justice League Unlimited. He also provided his voice for the character President John Henry Eden in the video game Fallout 3, Rupert Pelham in the game WET, King Solomon in the Word of Promise Audio Bible, and the CEO of Stahl Arms in Killzone 3, Jorhan Stahl. He also voiced Daedalus in God of War III. He is the voice for the primary antagonist Molag Bal in the MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. He is also the voice of Dr. Monty in Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
McDowell is the host of Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories, a monthly series of radio dramas with a mystery, horror, science fiction and dark humour theme. Each month, a new episode is available for download, and scripts, as used by McDowell and the supporting actors, are also available at the Fangoria website.
McDowell's first wife (1975–80) was actress and publicist Margot Bennett. His second wife (1980–90) was actress Mary Steenburgen, whom he met while filming Time After Time. They had two children together. They divorced in 1990.
His third wife (1991–present) is Kelley Kuhr, 24 years his junior, with whom he has three sons: Beckett Taylor (born 29 January 2004), Finnian Anderson (born 23 December 2006) and Seamus Hudson (born 7 January 2009). He is the maternal uncle of actor Alexander Siddig. He and his nephew both appeared in the film Doomsday (2008) by director Neil Marshall. The McDowells live in Ojai, California.
|1967||Poor Cow||Billy||Scenes deleted|
|1970||Figures in a Landscape||Ansell|
|1971||The Raging Moon||Bruce Pritchard||Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor|
|A Clockwork Orange||Alex DeLarge||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama|
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|1973||O Lucky Man!||Mick Travis / Plantation Thief||Also writer|
|1975||Royal Flash||Captain Harry Flashman|
|Voyage of the Damned||Max Gunter|
|1979||The Passage||Capt. Von Berkow|
|Time After Time||H.G. Wells||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1980||Look Back in Anger||Jimmy Porter|
|1982||Cat People||Paul Gallier|
|Britannia Hospital||Mick Travis: The Media|
|The Compleat Beatles||Narrator||Voice|
|1983||Blue Thunder||Col. F.E. Cochrane|
|Cross Creek||Max Perkins|
|Get Crazy||Reggie Wanker|
|1987||The Caller||The Caller|
|1988||Buy & Cell||Warden Tennant|
|1990||Il Maestro||Walter Goldberg|
|Moon 44||Major Lee|
|Class of 1999||Dr. Miles Langford|
|Maggio musicale||Pier Francesco Ferraioli|
|Happily Ever After||Lord Malice||Voice|
|In the Eye of the Snake||Professor Baldwin|
|Jezebel's Kiss||Benjamin J. Faberson|
|Disturbed||Dr. Derrek Russell|
|1991||The Assassin of the Tsar||Timofeyev / Yurovsky|
|Chain of Desire||Hubert Bailey|
|1993||Vent d'est||General Smyslovsky|
|Night Train to Venice||Stranger|
|1994||Cyborg 3: The Recycler||Lord Talon||Direct-to-video|
|Star Trek Generations||Dr. Tolian Soran|
|1995||The Surgeon||Dr. Stein|
|Dangerous Indescretion||Roger Everett|
|Fist of the North Star||Ryuken|
|Kids of the Round Table||Merlin|
|Sharks of the Red Triangle||Narrator||Voice|
|1996||Where Truth Lies||Dr. Vernon Renquist|
|1997||2103: The Deadly Wake||Captain Sean Murdoch|
|Asylum||Sullivan Rane / Doc|
|Mr. Magoo||Austin Cloquet|
|1998||The Fairy King of Ar||Ian|
|The First 9½ Weeks||Francois Dubois||Direct-to-video|
|The Gardener||Ben Carter|
|1999||Southern Cross||Felipe Solano|
|Love Lies Bleeding||Malcolm Mead|
|My Life So Far||Uncle Morris MacIntosh|
|2000||Gangster No. 1||Gangster 55|
|2001||Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures||Himself||Documentary|
|The Void||Dr. Thomas Abernathy||Direct-to-DVD|
|2002||Between Strangers||Alan Baxter|
|The Barber||Dexter Miles|
|2003||I'll Sleep When I'm Dead||Boad|
|The Company||Alberto Antonelli|
|Red Roses and Petrol||Enda Doyle||Also associate producer|
|2004||Pact with the Devil||Henry|
|Evilenko||Andrej Romanovic Evilenko|
|Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius||O.B. Keeler|
|In Good Company||Teddy K - Globecom CEO||Uncredited|
|2005||Rag Tale||Richard (The Chief) Morton|
|Mirror Wars: Reflection One||Murdock|
|Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone||Ogthar||Voice|
|2006||Bye Bye Benjamin||Mr. Coleman||Short film|
|Cut Off||James Burton|
|2007||The List||Desmond Larochette|
|Halloween||Dr. Samuel Loomis|
|The Evening Journey||Captain Henry||Short film|
|Blue Gold: World Water Wars||Narrator||Voice|
|The Secret Adventures of Mr. Grant||Subject/Doctor||Uncredited|
|2009||Halloween II||Dr. Samuel Loomis|
|Super Rhino||Dr. Calico||Voice|
|Suck||Eddie Van Helsing|
|2010||The Book of Eli||Lombardi||Uncredited|
|Barry Munday||Mr. Farley|
|Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes||Professor Moriarty||Voice|
|Easy A||Principal Gibbons|
|Pound of Flesh||Professor Noah Melville|
|DC Showcase: Green Arrow||Merlyn||Voice|
|Golf in the Kingdom||Dr. Julian Lange|
|2011||L.A., I Hate You||Harold Weintraub|
|The Artist||The Butler|
|Suing the Devil||Satan||Also producer|
|No Rest for the Wicked: A Basil & Moebius Adventure||Mr. Bloome||Short film|
|A Green Story||Barton|
|Silent Hill: Revelation 3D||Leonard|
|Silent Night||Sheriff Cooper|
|2013||Richard the Lionheart||King Henry II|
|The Employer||The Employer||Also executive producer|
|Meet the Small Potatoes||Lester Koop||Voice|
|2014||Tbilisi, I Love You||Mr. M|
|Mischief Night||Mr. Smiles|
|Shock Value||Edmund Dean Huntley|
|Free Fall||Thaddeus Gault|
|Some Kind of Beautiful||Gordon|
|2015||Bereave||Garvey||Also executive producer|
|Lady Psycho Killer||Gerald Portersen|
|Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness||Sly Baron||Voice|
|Kids vs Monsters||Boss Monster|
|Oceanus: Act One||Triton (Ship's Computer)||Voice|
|Cowboys & Engines||Dr. Clay||Short film|
|2016||The Black Hole||Mr. Simms|
|Death Race 2050||Chairman||Direct-to-DVD|
|Walk of Fame||Evan Polus|
|Grow House||Dr. Doobie|
|American Satan||Mr. Capricorn|
|Yamasong: March of the Hollows||Lord Geer||Voice|
|Culture of Fear||Evo|
|2018||Dreams I Never Had||Judge Messner||Also associate producer|
|Corbin Nash||Blind Prophet|
|2019||Fair and Balanced||Rupert Murdoch|
|1967||Dixon of Dock Green||Ronnie Patterson||Episode: "Zandra"|
|1967||Sat'day While Sunday||Frankie||13 episodes|
|1967||The Newcomers||Ernie||6 episodes|
|1969||The Wednesday Play||Happy||Episode: "Happy"|
|1976||Great Performances||Bill||Episode: "The Collection"|
|1978||She Fell Among Thieves||Richard Chandos||Television film|
|1983||Faerie Tale Theatre||Reginald Von Lupin / The Wolf||Episode: "Little Red Riding Hood"||The Englishman||Television film|
|1985||Merlin and the Sword||King Arthur||Television film|
|1986||Monte Carlo||Christopher Quinn||2 episodes|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Donald Longtooth||Episode: "The Reluctant Vampire"|
|1993–1995||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Zarm||Voice|
|1994||The Man Who Wouldn't Die||Bernard Drake / Ian Morrissey||Television film|
|1994||Seasons of the Heart||Alfred McGuinness||Television film|
Episode: "Give Him the Chair!"
Episode: "Raiders of the lost Shark"
|1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Arcady Duvall||Voice|
|1996||The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century||Czar Nicholas II / Charles Stockwell / Stephen Graham||Voices|
|1996||Our Friends in the North||Benny Barratt||5 episodes|
|1996||The Little Riders||Capt. Kessel||Television film|
|1996||Yesterday's Target||Holden||Television film|
|1996||Biker Mice from Mars||Dominic T. Stilton||Voice|
Episodes: "Once Upon a Time on Mars Part I,II and III"
|1996–1997||Pearl||Professor Stephen Pynchon||22 episodes|
|1996||Wing Commander Academy||Commodore Geoffrey Tolwyn||Voice|
|1996–1997||Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys||Rhesus 2||Voice|
|1996–1999||Superman: The Animated Series||John Corben/Metallo||Voice|
|1997||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||God Indra||Voice|
|1997||Lexx||Yottskry||Episode "Giga Shadow"|
|1997||The Magic School Bus||Mr. McClean||Voice|
Episode: "Gets Programmed"
|1998–1999||Fantasy Island||Mr. Roarke||13 episodes|
|1999||Can of Worms||Barnabus||Voice|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Ship||Voice|
Episode: "The Human Operators"
|2000||The David Cassidy Story||Jack Cassidy||Television film|
|2000||St. Patrick: The Irish Legend||Quentin||Television film|
|2000||Island of the Dead||Rupert King||Television film|
|2000||South Park||A British Person||Episode: "Pip"|
|2001||Princess of Thieves||Sheriff of Nottingham||Television film|
|2002||Firestarter: Rekindled||John Rainbird||2 episodes|
|2002||Night Visions||Martin Hudson||Episode: "Patterns"|
|2003–2004||Teen Titans||Mad Mod||Voice|
|2004||ChalkZone||Barney the Encyclocentipedia||Voice|
Episode: "The Big Blow Up"
|2005–2011||Entourage||Terrance McQuewick||11 episodes|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||John Corben/Metallo||Voice|
Episode: "Chaos at the Earth's Core"
|2005||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Baron Von Ghoulish||Voice|
Episode: "Billy and Mandy Save Christmas"
|2006||Monk||Julian Hodge||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show"|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jonas Slaughter||Episode: "Proud Flesh"|
|2006||The Curse of King Tut's Tomb||Nathan Cairns||Television film|
|2007–2008||Heroes||Daniel Linderman||10 episodes|
|2007||War and Peace||Prince Bolkonsky||4 episodes|
|2007||Robot Chicken: Star Wars||Orientation Instructor||Voice|
|2007||Masters of Science Fiction||Tibor Cargrew||Episode: "Jerry Was a Man"|
|2007||Robot Chicken||1776 Announcer / Reporter||Voices|
Episode: "Moesha Poppins"
|2007–2012||Metalocalypse||Vater Orlaag / News Anchor / Kloketteer||Voices|
|2008–2014||Phineas and Ferb||Grandpa Reginald "Reg" Fletcher||Voice|
|2008||Coco Chanel||Marc Bouchier||Television film|
|2010–2012||Hero Factory||Mr. Akiyama Makuhero||Voice|
|2010–2012||CSI: Miami||Darren Vogel||3 episodes|
|2010–2013||The Mentalist||Bret Stiles||5 episodes|
|2011–2014||Franklin & Bash||Stanton Infeld||40 episodes|
|2011||Psych||Ambassador Fanshaw||Episode: "Shawn Rescues Darth Vader"|
|2012||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Shirong||Voice|
Episode: "Father Crime"
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||The Dark Knight||Voice|
|2012||Home Alone: The Holiday Heist||Sinclair||Television film|
|2012||The Philadelphia Experiment||Morton Salinger||Television film|
|2013||Community||Professor Cornwallis||2 episodes|
|2013||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem||Vater Orlaag||Voice|
|2014–2018||Mozart in the Jungle||Thomas Pembridge||34 episodes|
|2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Lord Fathom||Voice|
Episode: "The Great Never Sea Conquest"
Episode: "A Flouse in the House"
|2015–2016||TripTank||Priest / Cloud / Fart Philosopher||Voices|
|2017||Jeff & Some Aliens||Zib Zog / Grandfather||Voices|
|2017–2018||We Bare Bears||Professor Lampwick||Voice|
|2017||Welcome to the Wayne||Furton Binklemurton||Voice|
Episode: "Beeping the Binklemobile"
|2018||Star Wars Rebels||Minister Hydan||Voice|
Episode: Kitty Court
|2018||Chicago Med||Marvin Jaffrey||Episode: "On Shaky Ground"|
|1994||Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger||Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn|
|1996||Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom|
|Mummy: Tomb of the Pharaoh||Stuart Davenport|
|1997||Star Trek Generations||Dr. Tolian Soran||Voice|
|2002||Superman: Shadow of Apokolips||Voice|
|2008||Fallout 3||President John Henry Eden||Voice|
|2009||Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising||EU President Rupert Thornley|
|Wet||Rupert Pelham / Mr. Ackers||Voices|
|2010||God of War III||Daedalus||Voice|
|2011||Killzone 3||Jorhan Brimve Stahl||Voice|
|2014||The Elder Scrolls Online||Molag Bal||Voice|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Dr. Monty||Voice|
|2016||Call of Duty: Revelations||Dr. Monty||Voice|
|2018||The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind||Molag Bal||Voice|
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