Malcolm McDowell received the 2,465th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, honoring a career that began in 1967 and has included memorable roles in A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man!, Time After Time and Star Trek: Generations.
Joining McDowell in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard were Gary Oldman, with whom McDowell appeared in the 2010 post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli; Rob Zombie, who directed McDowell in the 2007 remake of the slasher film Halloween and its 2009 sequel Halloween II; Mike Kaplan, who directed McDowell's documentary tribute to the late director Lindsay Anderson Never Apologize; and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, McDowell's castmate in the TNT comedic legal drama Franklin & Bash.
The star ceremony coincides with American Cinematheque's tribute to McDowell, which includes his fielding questions at Friday's screening of A Clockwork Orange and Time After Time at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Sunday at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica for a screening of O Lucky Man!
Born June 13, 1943, in Leeds, England, McDowell studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Art. His first film role in the 1967 drama Poor Cow was cut out.
Anderson cast McDowell as rebellious student Mick Travis in the starring role in If.... which was released in 1968. Anderson also directed McDowell in the 1973 satirical drama O Lucky Man! which McDowell co-wrote, and the 1982 black comedy Britannia Hospital.
McDowell's work in If.... led director Stanley Kubrick to cast him in the starring role as a young hoodlum brainwashed by a dystopian British government of the near future in A Clockwork Orange.
McDowell's other memorable roles include a time-travelling H.G. Wells in "Time After Time" and the title role in "Caligula," both released in 1979, and Dr. Tolian Soran in "Star Trek Generations," released in 1994.
McDowell made a brief appearance in this year's best picture Oscar winner "The Artist."
On television, McDowell starred in the short-lived 1998-99 remake of Fantasy Island, and had recurring roles in Entourage and Heroes.
McDowell will portray the serial killing con man Roy Fontaine in Monster Butler, set to be released next year.
— City News Service