Roddy Maude-Roxby

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Roddy Maude-Roxby
Roderick A. Maude-Roxby

(1930-04-02) 2 April 1930 (age 93)
Years active1961–2010

Roderick A. Maude-Roxby (born 2 April 1930) is a retired English actor.[1] He has appeared in numerous films, such as Walt Disney's The Aristocats, where he voiced the greedy butler Edgar Balthazar (his only voice role); Unconditional Love; and Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart, playing Thompson.

An early innovator at the Royal College of Art, RCA, alongside David Hockney and Peter Blake, he was one of the UK's first performance artists, before it was a recognized art form. At the RCA he edited ARK magazine in 1958 and was president of the college's Theatre Group.[1] He had a joint exhibition with Blake at the Portal Gallery in 1960.[1] He also collaborated in a pre-Monty Python series with Michael Palin and Terry Jones, called The Complete and Utter History of Britain. He also made theatrical and television appearances in, among other shows, The Goodies, Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, Not Only... But Also and The Establishment. He won the Theatre of the Year Award for Best Comic New York in 1968 for his work as a stand-up comedian.

Maude-Roxby has also worked with masks and improvisation for over 40 years and was a co-creator of improvisational games developed at the Royal Court Theatre, and then as "Theatre Machine" with Keith Johnstone.[citation needed] In 1992 Maude-Roxby starred as imprisoned alien Mercator in the experimental BBC1 Saturday morning children's magazine show Parallel 9.


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Dangerous Afternoon Pug
1962 The Wild and the Willing Man Uncredited
1965 The Party's Over Hector
1966 Doctor in Clover Tristram
1970 The Aristocats Edgar Balthazar, the Butler Voice
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Olivestone
1985 Plenty Committee Chairman
1987 Playing Away Vicar
1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising Dr. Gatty
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Thompson, British Partner
1993 Shadowlands Arnold Dopliss
2002 Unconditional Love Minister


  1. ^ a b c David Buckman (2006). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 2, M to Z. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0-953260-95-X.

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