Malcolm's Family are the main human family that appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. They are human survivors of the Simian Flu.

Known MembersEdit

Member Status Relatives Occupation Ape Counterpart Photo
Malcolm Deceased
  • Rita
  • (first wife; deceased)
  • Alexander (son)
  • Ellie (second wife)
  • Sarah (step-daughter; deceased)
  • Architect; (formerly)
  • Leader of small group of humans
Malcolm and others encounter apes


  • Rita (mother; deceased)
  • Malcolm (father)
  • Ellie (step-mother)
  • Sarah (step-sister; deceased)
N/A Blue Eyes
Alexander (CE)
Rita Deceased
  • Malcolm (husband)
  • Alexander (son)
Young Alexander and his late mother


  • Malcolm (husband)
  • Alexander (step-son)
  • Sarah (daughter; deceased)
Sarah Deceased
  • Ellie (mother)
  • Unknown (father; status unknown)
  • Malcolm (step-father)
  • Alexander (step-brother)


  • Ellie never told Malcolm and Alexander about her daughter, Sarah. Sarah is mentioned twice when Ellie is ridiculed for not hating the apes and when Alexander asks about her while talking with Ellie. Alexander and Ellie's conversation is the only time Sarah is mentioned by name.
  • Malcolm's first wife is only mentioned once during the entirety of Dawn while a photo of her with a young Alexander is viewed during Caesar's council meeting by Maurice who is looking through Alexander's lost bag.
  • Despite not being referenced by name in the film or in the official film novelization, the upcoming six part comic series set before Dawn, an article by Digital Spy revealed that Malcolm's first wife was named Rita.
  • According to the official Dawn movie novelization, Sarah was only four-years-old when she died. She contracted the Simian Flu and died 36 hours later.


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Image GalleryEdit

Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of the Muir Woods Park
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes