Actor named prexy of Academy Foundation

Actor Roddy McDowall has been elected president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

McDowall, who previously served three terms as the foundation’s treasurer, was born in London in 1928 and first appeared in the film “Murder in the Family” when he was nine years old. He later appeared in “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” (1972), “Funny Lady” (1975) and “Double Trouble” (1992), as well as numerous TV shows.

Last week, McDowall replaced Fay Kanin as treasurer of AMPAS (Variety, Aug. 10).

In other foundation elections, Academy president Robert Rehme was returned for a fourth term as vice president and Sid Ganis, governor of the public relations branch, was returned as secretary.

Another PR branch governor, Marvin Levy, was elected vice president, while music branch governor Arthur Hamilton became treasurer.

Re-elected as trustees were Ganis, McDowall, Levy and Rehme, as well as Dede Allen, Alan Bergman, Bruce Broughton, John Frankenheimer, Don Hall, Karl Malden, Roger L. Mayer, Lew Wasserman and Frank Pierson.

The Academy’s executive director, Bruce Davis, remains exec secretary of the foundation, which was established in 1942 to oversee educational, preservation and cultural activities of AMPAS. Its governing body of 16 trustees is drawn from the Academy’s 39-member board of governors.

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