Malcolm McDowell - Updated May 2023

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Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell is a well-known actor, producer, and television presenter from England. Malcolm McDowell is best known for portraying Alex DeLarge in the 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange.”

Early Life

Malcolm McDowell was born on the 13th of June 1943, in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England. He holds British nationality and is 79 years old as of 2022. In addition, he has a birth sign of Gemini and has his belief in Spiritualism. His birth name is Malcolm John Taylor and belongs to mixed ethnicity of English-Scottish-Irish descent.

He was born to his father, Charles Taylor, and his mother, Edna McDowell. Professionally, his father was a publican while his mother worked as a hotelier. Meanwhile, he grew up alongside his two sisters Gloria and Judy. He moved to Bridlington after his father was stationed there.


Talking about his academic career, he was sent to the Tunbridge Boarding School at the age of 11 years old. Later, McDowell attended the Cannock House School in Eltham, Kent.

During his school day, he realized his passion for acting. In addition, he went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) to study acting professionally. Similarly, he also worked in his father’s pub as well as in a nut factory. After his father’s pub went bankrupt, he did numerous odd jobs to support his family.

Professional Career

In 1964, Malcolm McDowell first appeared in a guest role in “Crossroads.” Later, he did a recurring role as Frankie in “Sat’day While Sunday” (1967) and as Ernie in “The Newcomers” (1967).

Films Breakthroughs

Meanwhile, he made his film debut in Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 movie “If…” where he played the role of Mick Travis. In the year 1971, he appeared in films such as “Figures in a Landscape”, “The Raging Moon”, and “A Clockwork Orange.”

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Caption: The poster of the 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange (Source: Vocal Media)

In the 1973 comedy-drama fantasy film “O Lucky Man!” he played the role of Mick Travis and reprised the same role in the 1982 black comedy film “Britannia Hospital.”

McDowell performed on stage in plays including “The Collection” during the 1970s. Later, he played the role of Gresham in the 1976 film “Aces High.”  That same year, he appeared as Max Gunter in the drama film “Voyage of the Damned.”

He appeared in television films; “She Fell Among Thieves” (1978) as Richard Chandos and “Look Back in Anger” (1980) as Jimmy Porter. He made his Hollywood debut as H.G. Wells in the 1979 movie “Time After Time.”

For his work in the movie, he was nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actor. The same year, he plays Emperor Caligula in the controversial film “Caligula”.

Further acting career

In 1983, he starred as F.E. Cochrane in the action flick “Blue Thunder.” He played the role of Reggie Wanker in the musical comedy movie “Get Crazy” that same year. The next year, he narrated a documentary named “The Compleat Beatles.”

He also appeared in television films such as “Arthur the King” and “Gulag” in the year 1985. A year later, he plays Christopher Quinn in the television film “Monte Carlo.” Meanwhile, he was cast in the movies “The Caller” (1987), “Buy & Cell” (1988), “Sunset” (1988), and “Mortacci” (1989).

In 1992, he appeared as Hubert Bailey in the movie “Chain of Desire.” After two years, he portrayed the role of mad scientist Dr. Tolian Soran in “Star Trek Generations.”

Similarly, he appeared in the television movie “The Man Who Wouldn’t Die” (1994). Afterward, he was cast in the science fiction/action comedy film “Tank Girl” (1995). He later joined the cast of the television series “Wing Commander Academy” as Commodore Geoffrey Tolwyn in the year 1996.

As a voice actor

In the 1990s, he also provided his voice in several animated series such as “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” (1993-1995), “Aladdin” (1994), “Batman: The Animated Series” (1995), “Spider-Man” (1996), “Superman: The Animated Series” (1996-1999) and “Adventures from the Book of Virtues” (1997).

His current noticeable movies and television works

For a short period of time, he played a gangster in the 2000 British crime movie “Gangster No. 1.” Some of his other movies appearances are “Suck” (2009) “Easy A” (2010), “The Artist” (2011), “Vamps” (2012), “31” (2016), “Bombshell” (2019), “She Will” (2021) and “Father Stu” (2022).

He played the recurring role of Linderman in the first season of the science fiction series “Heroes” (2007-2008). Later, he played the recurring role of Terrence McQuewick in the final two seasons of the comedy-drama series “Entourage” (2009-2010).

Moreover, he appeared in the guest role of Ambassador Fanshaw in an episode of the comedy-drama series “Psych” (2010).

McDowell played the guest role of Brett Stiles in an episode of the crime drama series “The Mentalist” (2010). He appeared as Professor Cornwallis in an episode of the comedy series “Community” (2011).

Meanwhile, he did a recurring role of Thomas Pembridge in the comedy-drama series set in the world of classical music “Mozart in the Jungle” (2014-2018). “Chicago Med” (2018), “Truth Seekers” (2020), “Gossip Girl”(2021-2023), and “Son of a Critch” (2022-present) are some of his television appearances.

He will be going voice to the character McLaughlin in the animated film”Trick and Treats” which is currently in post-production. Similarly, he is also working on his upcoming movie “Et Tu.”


Malcolm McDowell

Caption: Malcolm McDowell won the Saturn Award (Source: Variety)

Being an English actor and working in the film industry for several years, he has received numerous awards and nominations. “Saturn Award” for Best Actor – Clockwork Orange (1972), “BAFTA Award” for Best Actor in a Leading Role – O Lucky Man! (1974), “Best Actor Award” at the Sitges Film Festival – Britannia Hospital (1982), “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Stony Brook Film Festival (2003) and “Hollywood Walk of Fame star” (2012) are some of his awards and recognitions.

Malcolm McDowell – Net Worth 2023

McDowell’s net worth is approximately around $40 million which he earned from his acting career. As of now, he has not disclosed his income and annual salary. Being a well-known actor, he is rarely seen endorsing brands, and advertisements.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Malcolm McDowell with his wife, Kelley Kuhr, and their baby (Source: Flickr)

In 1991, Malcolm McDowell married Kelley Kuhr. With the marriage, the couple has three sons: Beckett, Finnian, and Seamus. Currently, the family lives happily in Ojai, California.

McDowell married actress and publicist, Margot Bennett in the year 1975. However, they divorced in the year 1980, after just 5 years of the marital relationship. Later, he married actress, Mary Steenburgen whom he had met while filming “Time After Time.” With the marriage, the couple has two kids, Lilly and Charlie. And, the couple divorced in 1990.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Malcolm McDowell posing for a photo (Source: Entertainment Heartbeat)

Malcolm McDowell stands 5 feet 8 inches tall 91.74 m) and weighs around 83 kg (183 lbs). Meanwhile, he has grey hair with a pair of blue eyes and his body type is average. Moreover, he wears a shoe size of 11 US.

Malcolm McDowell – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@McDowellMalc’ there are over 23.5k followers. Similarly, there are over 80k followers on his Facebook and he is not active on Instagram at the moment.