Updated: November 25, 2005
PLANET OF THE APES ORIGINAL CORNELIUS COSTUME (RODDY MCDOWELL)
Complete Roddy McDowall "Roddy 1" Cornelius costume mounted on a custom
display with lifelike figure. (TCF, 1968) This complete Roddy McDowall
"Roddy 1" Cornelius costume is arguably the most important Planet of the
Apes costume of all.
This was the first Roddy Cornelius costume ever made - it was the prototype
created in the Twentieth Century Fox wardrobe department and thus has Fox
tags, not Western Costume tags as found in virtually every other costume. All
of the other chimp costumes were fabricated at Western from this prototype.
Additionally, the collar is made of leatherette, not leather, with a
distinctive pattern that can be seen throughout the Apes films and TV series
in which it appeared. This was Roddy's favorite costume, and its history
encompasses the entire Apes saga. It was made for Planet of the Apes, then
worn by actor David Watson (who replaced Roddy as Cornelius) in Beneath the
Planet of the Apes, then worn by Roddy as Cornelius in Escape From the
Planet of the Apes and as Caesar in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Later,
Roddy chose to wear this costume when he played Galen throughout the entire
Planet of the Apes TV series - the costume appears in every episode and
publicity still of Roddy's character, Galen.
This costume is indeed a very unique piece of Planet of the Apes history,
having been used in virtually every incarnation of the original Apes films
and TV series. The costume is currently mounted on a flexible mannequin
with a stunning silicon head of Cornelius (made using appliances from
Roddy's mold), prosthetics grade glass eyes and hand punched human hair.
Value: $25,000 - $35,000
(*) Photos and text courtsey of Profiles in History!