Malcolm McDowell Net Worth

December 23, 2023
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Malcolm John Taylor was born on the 13th June 1943 in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England, but better known by his stage name Malcolm McDowell, he is an award-winning film, television, and voice actor, still possibly best known for his role in one of Stanley Kubrick’s classic films, “The Clockwork Orange” (1971). His career has lasted over fifty years, beginning in 1964 with small television roles.

Have you ever wondered how rich Malcolm McDowell is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that McDowell’s net worth is as high as $70 million, an amount earned through his successful career in acting.


Malcolm McDowell Net Worth $70 Million


Malcolm McDowell was the middle child and only son of Edna (nee McDowell) and Charles Taylor. His mother was a hotelier, while his father was a publican, and they owned a bar in which young Malcolm worked for a time, before it went bankrupt due to his father’s alcoholism. McDowell received his primary and secondary education in boarding schools, after which he went on to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). He worked several odd jobs at the time in order to support himself, such as a messenger and coffee salesman. The latter inspired his semi-autobiographical film “Oh, Lucky Man!” (1973).

His career started with several guest roles in TV shows, first being the drama series “Crossroads” (1964). He also appeared in thirteen episodes of the television series “Sat’day While Sunday” (1967) in the starring role of Frankie. His big break came in 1968, when he caught the eye of director Lindsay Armstrong, and joined the cast of his film “If…”. He would go on to work with Armstrong twice more, in “Oh Lucky Man!” (1973) and “Hotel Britannia” (1982). However, international success came four years later, when he was cast as Alex DeLarge in Kubrick’s dystopian film “The Clockwork Orange” (1971), which was adapted from William Burgess’ novel of the same name. The film and its young star were nominated for several awards, including Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Picture, while McDowell was also nominated for the latter in the category Best Motion Picture Actor: Drama. This role greatly influenced Malcolm’s career. Though it is not quite accurate to speak of typecasting in this case, considering his diverse roles spanning decades, he remains best known for playing villains in the mold of Alex DeLarge. Regardless, his net worth was very well established.

After his big break in British cinematography, McDowell tried his luck in Hollywood, joining the cast of “Time After Time” (1979), in which he played the famous science fiction writer H. G. Well, with co-stars including David Warren and Mary Steenburgen, who would later become his second wife. The same year he also courted controversy by starring in the erotic (some would also deem it pornographic) historical film “Caligula”, playing the titular character. While the 1970s brought him fame and success, the following decade was mostly marked by credits in television and B-category movies. However, he fared better in the 1990s, taking part in “Star Trek: Generations” (1994) playing the evil scientist who killed Captain Kirk, and gaining popularity as a voice actor in the animated series “Wing Commander Academy” (1996), and “Superman” (1996-1999), which also added to his net worth.

After the turn of the century, McDowell remained active both on big and small screen, with notable entries such as the recurring role on television hot show “Entourage” (2005-2011), as well as in the miniseries “War and Peace” (2007), and Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (2011). He also voiced Grandpa Reg in “Phineas and Ferb” from 2008 to 2014. On the other hand, the horror movie fans best recognize him for is as Dr. Samuel Loomis in “Halloween” (2007) and “Halloween II” (2009). Though he had already stepped into his seventies, McDowell continues to act with vigor, with an incredible ten film releases scheduled for 2017 and 2018. For his contribution to acting, McDowell earned a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Regarding his personal life, McDowell struggled with substance abuse during the 1980s, but managed to come clean. He has married three times, firstly to Margot Bennett (1975-80), secondly actress Mary Steenburgen (1980-90) with whom he has a son and a daughter, while he has three sons from his third marriage with Kelly Kuhr since 1991. He is a huge fan of Liverpool FC.

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