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Name: Malcolm McDowell                                                                     
Birth name: Malcolm John Taylor                                                           
Born: 13 June 1943 Leeds, West Yorkshire, England                                         
Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor, 13 June 1943) is a British actor.             
McDowell's career has spanned five decades and includes notable roles in A                 
Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man!, Star Trek Generations, Heroes, and the 2007               
horror remake of Halloween.                                                               
McDowell was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, the son of Edna (née McDowell), a                 
hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a pub owner.                                                 
McDowell was married to actress Margot Bennett from 1975 to 1980. He then                 
married actress Mary Steenburgen, whom he had first met while filming Time After           
Time and they had two children together: Lily Amanda, born 21 January 1981 and             
Charles Malcolm born 10 July 1983, before divorcing in 1990. In 1991, McDowell             
married Kelley Kuhr, with whom he has two children, Beckett Taylor (born 29               
January 2004) and Finn McDowell. He currently resides in Santa Barbara, USA. He           
is the maternal uncle of actor Alexander Siddig, who appeared in Star Trek: Deep           
Space Nine and Syriana.                                                                   
McDowell began his professional life serving drinks in his parents' pub and then           
as a coffee salesman (the latter job providing inspiration for the movie O Lucky           
Man!). While enrolled in Cannock House School, he began taking acting classes,             
and eventually secured work as an extra with the Royal Shakespeare Company.               
McDowell made his screen debut as school rebel Mick Travis in If.... (1968) by             
British director Lindsay Anderson. This was followed by Figures in a Landscape (1970)     
and The Raging Moon (1971). His performance in if.... caught the attention of             
Stanley Kubrick, who cast McDowell as the lead in A Clockwork Orange. He won               
great acclaim (nominated for Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle) for           
his role as Alex, the leader of a gang of futuristic thugs.                               
McDowell rejoined Anderson for O Lucky Man! (1973), which was based on an idea             
he had, and Britannia Hospital (1982), and starred in Aces High (1975). McDowell           
regularly turned up on British television productions in the early 1970s in               
adaptations of theatre classics. He co-starred in Voyage of the Damned (1976),             
and as Dornford Yates' gentleman hero Richard Chandos in She Fell Among Thieves           
(1977). He made his Hollywood debut as H. G. Wells in Time After Time (1979).             
McDowell mainly portrayed antagonists in the late 1970s and 1980s — none more           
notorious than the title character in the controversial Caligula (1979). He               
later remarked upon 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". He also appeared in the 1983 action film Blue Thunder as F.E.                 
Cochrane, and the 1982 remake of Cat People. 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, played Little Red Riding Hood). In             
1984, he narrated the documentary The Compleat Beatles.                                   
McDowell is well known in Star Trek circles as "the man who killed Captain Kirk"           
in the film Star Trek Generations, in which he played the mad scientist Dr.               
Tolian Soran. McDowell has also appeared in several computer games, most notably           
as Admiral 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.                                                       
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             
teamed up with Altman once again in 2003 for The Company as Mr. A. the fictional           
director of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. His character was based on real-life           
director Gerald Arpino.                                                                   
In the 2003 film, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, he played a straight married man who           
rapes a young drug dealer to "teach him a lesson". Many regard it as his best             
and most potent performance to date. The film also starred Clive Owen as the               
victim's older brother. It has become something of a cult classic.                         
Some of McDowell's recent voice work has been as the Superman villain Metallo in           
Superman: The Animated Series, Mad Mod in the cartoon Teen Titans, a character             
in, and the narrator of an episode of South Park, and even as the voice of a               
Death Star commander in a Robot Chicken episode parodying Star Wars. He is also           
a regular on the second season of the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse.                   
In 2006 he was a special guest star on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as radio               
mogul Jonas Slaughter, who admits to killing one of his sons and manipulates the           
other into a dying declaration confession to save his own life. He has also               
appeared in various other television series such as Monk. In 2007, he portrayed           
the wealthy, conspiratorial villain Mr. Linderman on the hit NBC television show           
Heroes. He has starred in Jerry Was a Man, which has appeared on TV as an                 
episode for the series "Masters of Sci-Fi", on ABC (in the United States)                 
the Sky Science Fiction channel (in the United Kingdom), and no doubt elsewhere.           
He also portrayed Terrence McQuewick in Entourage.                                         
In 2006 and 2007 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.                                                                               
In 2007, he appeared as Dr. Sam Loomis in Rob Zombie's remake of the horror film           
Halloween, released on August 31, 2007 (he has stated in interviews that he has           
an option for two more potential sequels) and as Desmond LaRochette in the                 
release of Robert Whitlow's The List. He also began a recurring role on the               
death metal parody cartoon, Metalocalypse. McDowell also stars as Irish                   
patriarch Enda Doyle in Red Roses and Petrol, to be released theatrically in               
early 2008.