October 4, 1998 |
Roddy McDowall, who like his near-lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor was that rarity, a child star who successfully made the transition to adult actor, died of cancer Saturday in Studio City. He was 70. McDowall had a six-decade career, which in addition to movies encompassed theater and television. He become a versatile character player, whose work ranged from Shakespeare to horror pictures.
November 1, 1990 |
"Fright Night" (1985), directed by Tom Holland. 105 minutes. Rated R. Scary, funny and intentionally campy, "Fright Night" revolves around a teen-ager who thinks his new next door neighbor is a vampire. Chris Sarandon makes a wise-cracking, smug resident Dracula, and Roddy McDowall plays "The Great Vampire Killer" with verve. A perfect mix of comedy and chills.
April 8, 1986 |
"Final Cut." Read by Roddy McDowall. Dove. Upon first reading, Steven Bach's story of the "Heaven's Gate" debacle struck this reader as a fascinating if often overwritten yarn that revealed a great deal about the high-risk pitfalls of the movie business. Somehow, hearing Roddy McDowall's tempered and precise reading of the book does wonders to smooth out the rough edges of the text and bring the characters to life (frightening as that may be in this case).
July 21, 1992 |
Academy Reps: Branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have elected 12 representatives to the academy's board of governors. Two first-timers, actor Roddy McDowall and cinematographer Allen Daviau, will join the board. Producer Richard Zanuck and Sidney Ganis (public relations) are returning after some time off. Incumbents returning include studio executive Frank G. Mancuso, director Arthur Hiller, lyricist Alan Bergman and writer Fay Kanin. Governors serve three-year terms.
April 16, 1989
NBC will journey "Around the World in 80 Days" over the course of three nights . The network's six-hour miniseries will be shown from 9-11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday on Channels 4, 36 and 39. It is based on the Jules Verne novel about 19th-Century aristocrat Phileas Fogg's bid to win a wager that he can circle the globe in 80 days. Pierce Brosnan stars as Fogg (played by David Niven in Mike Todd's Oscar-winning 1956 film). He's joined on the cover by Peter Ustinov, Eric Idle and Julia Nickson.
March 24, 1991 |
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winner of five--it won best picture in a year when the competition included "Citizen Kane" and "The Maltese Falcon"--this tale of a young boy's coming of age in a Welsh mining town was director John Ford's personal favorite and one of the most deservedly beloved of all American films. Now screenwriter Philip Dunne has written an elegantly feisty essay on the film's making which sheds a fascinating light on everything from Fox's original plans to shoot it as a full-color, four-hour epic on location in Wales to the vagaries of working for the protean Darryl F. Zanuck.