On This Day … 17 September [2022]


People (Births)

  • 1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998).
  • 1965 – Kyle Chandler, American actor.

Roddy McDowall

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (17 September 1928 to 03 October 1998) was a British-American actor, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943). As an adult, McDowall appeared most frequently as a character actor on radio, stage, film, and television. For portraying Octavian in the historical drama Cleopatra (1963), he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Other notable films included The Longest Day (1962), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), That Darn Cat! (1965), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Funny Lady (1975), The Black Hole (1979), Class of 1984 (1982), Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982), Fright Night (1985), Overboard (1987), Fright Night Part 2 (1988), Shakma (1990), and A Bug’s Life (1998). He also served in various positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Selection Committee for the Kennedy Centre Honours, further contributing to various charities related to the film industry and film preservation. He was a founding Member of the National Film Preservation Board in 1989, and represented the Screen Actors Guild on this Board until his death.

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Martin Chandler (born 17 September 1965) is an American actor.

Making his screen acting debut in a 1988 television film, Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story, Chandler’s first regular television role was in the ABC drama Homefront (1991-1993). This was followed by the lead role of Gary Hobson in the CBS series Early Edition (1996-2000), for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television. His other television roles include the sitcom What About Joan? (2001) and the legal drama The Lyon’s Den (2003), both short-lived, and a well-received guest appearance on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, for which Chandler received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Chandler received widespread critical acclaim for his performance as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (2006-2011); he received numerous award nominations for his portrayal of the character and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 for his performance in the show’s final season. Chandler’s film work has included notable supporting roles in King Kong (2005), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Super 8 (2011), Argo, Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Carol (2015), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Game Night and First Man (2018). He starred as Dr. Mark Russell in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). Chandler’s first starring role on television since the conclusion of Friday Night Lights was as Detective John Rayburn in the Netflix thriller Bloodline (2015-2017), for which he received his fourth and fifth Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2021, he starred in the crime miniseries Mayor of Kingstown.

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