Malcolm McDowell Biography

Malcolm McDowell is an English actor known for playing rowdy and villainous roles. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: June 13, 1943

Nationality: British

Famous: Actors British Men

Age: 76 Years, 76 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Malcolm John Taylor

Born in: Horsforth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Kelley Kuhr (m. 1991), Margot Bennett (m. 1975; div. 1980), Mary Steenburgen (m. 1980; div. 1990)

father: Charles Taylor

mother: Edna McDowell

siblings: Gloria Taylor

children: Beckett Taylor McDowell, Charlie McDowell, Finnian Anderson McDowell, Lilly McDowell, Seamus Hudson McDowell

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education: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

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Malcolm McDowell, born as Malcolm John Taylor, is an English actor primarily known for playing rowdy and villainous roles. In a career spanning over five decades, he has done a wide variety of film roles. He is, however, best recognized for the controversial roles of Caligula in Tinto Brass's 'Caligula', DeLarge in the movie ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's trilogy consisting of ‘If…’, ‘O Lucky Man’ and ‘Britannia Hospital’. A former student of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, McDowell has also done moderate work on television, appearing in programs, such as 'Wing Commander Academy', 'TripTank' and 'Jeff & Some Aliens.' Prior to becoming an actor, he had done a variety of odd jobs, including a stint as a coffee salesman. Known for his rebellious and antagonistic personality from a young age, the future actor was packed off to a boarding school when he was 11. There he was often beaten for his wayward behaviour. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in acting. He went on to receive professional training in the field before embarking on a highly successful acting career. Over the years, his dark blue eyes and raspy, deep-throated voice have become his signature features. The English actor has been married thrice and is a father of five children, including film director Charlie McDowell.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Malcolm McDowell made his film debut as Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson’s ‘If…’ that was released in 1968. He then appeared in the films ‘Figures in a Landscape’, ‘The Raging Moon’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ in the early 1970s. He reprised his role as Mick Travis in ‘O Lucky Man’ and then third film in the trilogy titled ‘Britannia Hospital’.
  • During the 1970s, the actor also performed on stage in plays including ‘The Collection’. In 1975, he starred in the French war flick ‘Aces High’. The following year, he did the movie ‘Voyage of the Damned’.
  • He got featured in the films ‘She Fell Among Thieves’ and ‘Caligula’ in 1978 and 1979 respectively. In 1979, McDowell also landed in Hollywood and made his debut as H. G. Wells in the movie ‘Time After Time’.
  • He starred as F.E. Cochrane in the action flick ‘Blue Thunder’ in 1983. The same year, he played Reggie Wanker in ‘Get Crazy’ and also appeared as Wolf in Faerie Tale Theatre's rendition of the "Little Red Riding Hood".
  • The English actor narrated a documentary titled ‘The Compleat Beatles’ in 1984. In 1985, he did the TV movies ‘Arthur the King’ and ‘Gulag’. A year later, he appeared as Christopher Quinn in the TV film ‘Monte Carlo’. After this, he was cast in the movies ‘The Caller’, ‘Buy & Cell’, ‘Sunset’ and ‘Mortacci’.
  • In 1992, McDowell appeared as Hubert Bailey in the movie ‘Chain of Desire’. Two years later, he played mad scientist Dr. Tolian Soran in ‘Star Trek Generations’. In 1994, he also did the TV movie ‘The Man Who Wouldn't Die’.
  • He next starred in the science fiction/action comedy flick ‘Tank Girl’ in 1995. In 1996, he joined the cast of the television series ‘Wing Commander Academy’ as Commodore Geoffrey Tolwyn.
  • In the late 1990s, the actor played voice roles in the animated series ‘Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys’, ‘Can of Worms’ and ‘Superman: The Animated Series’.
  • He had a brief but memorable role as a gangster in the British crime movie ‘Gangster No. 1’ in 2000. In 2003, he played "Mr. A.", a director of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in ‘The Company’. That year, McDowell also did the movie ‘I'll Sleep When I'm Dead’.
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  • In 2003-04, he appeared in two episodes of ‘Teen Titans’. After this, he portrayed Jonas Slaughter on ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’. In 2007, he began playing the role of Mr. Linderman in NBC’s ‘Heroes’. That year, he also appeared as Dr. Samuel Loomis in ‘Halloween’. The same year, he was featured in an episode of ‘Masters of Science Fiction’ on Sky.
  • Malcolm McDowell did the rock and roll film ‘Suck’ in 2009. In December the same year, he had a guest appearance in Slipknot’s music video "Snuff". Two years later, he played Satan in the comedy thriller flick ‘Suing the Devil’. At around the same period, he was also cast as Stanton Infeld in TNT’s series ‘Franklin & Bash’.
  • He acted in the horror films ‘Vamps’ and ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ and also appeared in the Academy Award-winning movie ‘The Artist’ in 2012. McDowell next starred in the short film ‘Cowboys & Engines’ in 2013. The same year, he played King Henry II in the movie ‘Richard the Lionheart’.
  • In 2015-16, he appeared as Cloud/Priest/Fart Philosopher in the adult animated series ‘TripTank’. During this time period, he also voiced Dr. Monty in the video games ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ and ‘Call of Duty: Revelations’. In addition, the actor portrayed Father Murder in the film ‘31’ during this time.
  • In 2017, he played voice roles in the animated sitcoms ‘Jeff & Some Aliens’ and ‘We Bare Bears’. The following year, he voiced the character of ‘Minister Hydan’ in the series ‘Star Wars Rebels.’
Major Works
  • In 1992, Malcolm McDowell appeared as himself in the satirical black comedy movie ‘The Player’. In this movie directed by Robert Altman, the actor chastises the protagonist Griffin Mill for badmouthing him behind his back. The film also starred artistes like Tim Robbins, Fred Ward, and Greta Scacchi.
  • In 2013, the English actor appeared as the title character in the thriller flick ‘The Employer’. In this movie, McDowell interviews five candidates for a post at a mysterious, powerful corporation. His performance in the flick earned him the Best Actor award at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. The film too went on to receive the Best Thriller award at the Illinois International Film Festival.
Personal Life
  • Malcolm McDowell was earlier married to actress/publicist Margot Bennett from 21 April 1975 to 15 September 1980. Hardly a few days after divorcing her, he went on to marry actress Mary Steenburgen. The couple had two children, Lilly Amanda and Charles Malcolm, before divorcing in 1990.
  • Currently, the English actor is married to Kelley Kuhr, who is 24 years younger than him. The couple has three sons: Beckett Taylor, Finnian Anderson, and Seamus Hudson. McDowell currently lives in Santa Barbara, California.
  • McDowell is the maternal uncle of British-Sudanese actor Alexander Siddig, with whom he appeared in the film ‘Doomsday’ (2008).
  • His job as a coffee salesman offered inspiration for his 1973 film ‘O Lucky Man!’
  • The actor got death threats from Star Trek fans after his character Dr. Tolian Soran murdered Captain James T. Kirk in the movie ‘Star Trek: Generations’.

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