Roddy McDowall's Rose Garden at MPTF Retirement Home

Contributed by Lori

MPTF, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, is a comprehensive service organization that provides healthcare, services, and retirement living for film and TV professionals. The MPTF Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, CA, is where notable residents such as John Chambers and Roddy McDowall's sister, Virginia, lived the last years of their lives.

It's also the home of the Roddy McDowall Memorial Rose Garden, which includes the statue of Caesar featured in the closing shots of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The statue was from Roddy's personal garden, and he donated it to the MPTF before his death. In addition to the statue, Roddy donated the gallery photos that feature some of his celebrity friends. They are displayed in the Saban Center for Health and Wellness, which is located adjacent to the garden.

Roddy died on October 3, 1998. The Roddy McDowall Rose Garden was dedicated on October 9, 2001, three years after Roddy's death. The dedication took place at the MPTF 80th Anniversary gala event. Videos and photos from the event can be found on the MPTF website.

The Caesar statue is the actual statue shown in Battle. After it was donated to the MPTF, the fund hired ApeMania to restore it for display. You can read about that on the ApeMania website.

More information about the garden can be found on xmoppet Roddy McDowall tribute site.

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the center held its first-ever MPTF Open House in a fundraising effort. Lori attended the open house and took the wonderful photos and included an excerpt of their MPTF video, which you can see below.



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Video Excerpt of Roddy's Memorial Rose Garden:

Motion Picture & Television Fund


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