About this Artist
Malcolm McDowell is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors, yet also one capable of immense charm, humor and poignancy. McDowell has created a gallery of iconic characters since catapulting to the screen as Mick Travis, the rebellious upperclassman in Lindsay Anderson's prize-winning sensation, If...
His place in movie history was subsequently secured when Stanley Kubrick finally found the actor he was searching for to play the gleefully amoral Alex in A Clockwork Orange; when McDowell himself conceived the idea for Mick Travis’ further adventures in Anderson’s Candide-like masterpiece, O Lucky Man!; and when he wooed Mary Steenburgen and defeated Jack the Ripper as the romantically inquisitive H.G. Wells in Time After Time.
For his motion picture work, the American Cinemateque honored him with a retrospective in June 2001, highlighted by showings of his electrifying performances in two major works. The first was Paul McGuigan’s Gangster No. 1, in which McDowell and Paul Bettany portray the consumed, driven title character and which affords McDowell the chance to create a character both on screen and through nuanced voice-over. The second is Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov’s acclaimed and rarely seen Assassin of the Tsar, which Vincent Canby called “a remarkable mystical and psychological exploration of the murder of the Romanov family.” In 2012, Malcolm was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In late 2011, Malcolm was seen in the Academy Award-winning silent film sensation, The Artist. In 2012, Amy Heckerling’s Vamps with Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone followed, as did Silent Hill Revelation: 3D, and Some Kind of Beautiful, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.
On television, McDowell continued his recurring appearances as Terence on the hit HBO series Entourage until the show ended; also as Linderman on NBC’s Heroes, Darren Vogel on CSI: Miami, and his long stint as Bret Stiles on the hit show The Mentalist. He also popped up in NBC’s Community as Professor Cornwallis, giving the Greendale gang a new foe in their fourth season. In summer of 2011, Malcolm starred in his own show, TNT’s Franklin & Bash, as Stanton Infeld. Franklin & Bash’s debut success and high ratings resulted in four successful seasons. In December of 2014, Malcolm was seen again as a series regular on Amazon’s hit show Mozart in the Jungle. McDowell played Thomas, a seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by the arrival of hot shot new conductor Rodrigo, played by Gael Garcia Bernal.