McDowell, 68, is best known for portraying wicked Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange."
He was joined in speaking at the late morning ceremony by Gary Oldman, co-star on 2010 post-apocalyptic actioner "The Book of El"; director Rob Zombie from the thriller franchise "Halloween"; documentary "Never Apologize" helmsman Mike Kaplan and McDowell's co-star on the TNT drama "Franklin & Bash."
Born on June 13, 1943, in Leeds, Yorkshire in England, McDowell made his film debut in 1967 when he appeared in drama "Poor Cow," although the scenes in which he appeared were deleted.
Three years later, he played Alex, a title role in "The Clockwork Orange," a film which deals with psychiatry, youth gangs, and other social, political and economic subjects in a dystopian and future Britain. His acclaimed portrayal in this film earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama and would secure his place as a movie star.
The film was critically well-received, and was nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture which it lost to "The French Connection."
McDowell moved to Hollywood in late 1970s to continue with his acting as the British film industry collapsed. His first American film was "Time After Time (1979)," in which he played a time-travelling H.G. Wells. He also starred in the 1982 black comedy "Britannia Hospital," the last part of Lindsay Anderson's working-class trilogy that started with "If.... (1968)," a film which satired English public school life and catapulted McDowell to stardom.
McDowell also made a brief appearance in the 84th Academy Award best picture winner "The Artist," acting as a butler.
His television credits include "Fantasy Island," a short-lived 1998-99 remake. He also had recurring roles in "Entourage" and "Heroes."