Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)

Birthday: Jan 11, 1930

Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A trained painter, Australian-born Rod Taylor switched to acting in his early twenties, toting up Australian stage credits before making his first Aussie film, The Stuart Exposition, in 1951. A villainous stint as Israel Hand in the 1954 Australian/U.S. production Long John Silver gave evidence that Taylor might be able to handle leading roles. However, he was still among the supporting ranks in his first American film, The Virgin Queen (1955). Signed to a nonexclusive contract by MGM in 1957, Taylor was cast in predominantly American roles, and accordingly managed to submerge his Australian accent in favor of a neutral "mid-Atlantic" cadence; even when playing an Englishman in 1960's The Time Machine, he spoke with barely a trace of a discernable accent. His film career peaked in the early to mid 1960s; during the same period he starred in the TV series Hong Kong (1961), the first of several weekly television stints (other series included Bearcats, The Oregon Trail, Masquerade and Outlaws). He was so long associated with Hollywood that, upon returning to Australia to appear in the 1977 film The Picture Show Man, Taylor was cast as an American. In his later career, Taylor thrived in character roles as ageing, but still virile, outdoorsmen, appearing in television shows like The Oregon Trail and Outlaws. He had recurring roles on Falcon Crest, Murder, She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger before mostly retiring from acting. In 2009, director Quentin Tarantino lured him out of retirement with the chance to play Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds. Taylor died in 2015, at age 84.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches Actor 2018
89% Inglourious Basterds Winston Churchill $120.6M 2009
No Score Yet Kaw Doc 2007
No Score Yet High Commissioner Actor 2004
32% Welcome to Woop Woop Daddy O 1998
41% The Man Who Knew Too Little Actor 1997
No Score Yet Open Season Billy Patrick 1996
No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal Actor 1985
No Score Yet Marbella, un Golpe de Cinco Estrellas Commander 1985
No Score Yet A Time to Die Jack Bailey 1982
No Score Yet Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Jack Bouvier 1981
No Score Yet Cry of the Innocent Steve Donegin 1980
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Treasure Seekers (Jamaican Gold) Marian Casey Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet The Picture Show Man Palmer 1977
No Score Yet Hell River Marko 1975
No Score Yet Partizani (Tactical Guerilla) Marko 1974
No Score Yet Germicide Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Deadly Trackers Brand 1973
33% The Train Robbers Grady 1973
No Score Yet Trader Horn Trader Horn 1973
No Score Yet Darker than Amber Travis McGee 1970
64% Zabriskie Point Lee Allen 1970
No Score Yet Man Who Had Power Over Women Peter Reaney 1970
No Score Yet Powderkeg Hank Bracket 1970
67% The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun) Curry 1968
No Score Yet The High Commissioner Scobie Malone 1968
No Score Yet Chuka Producer Chuka 1967
100% Hotel Peter McDermott 1967
No Score Yet The Liquidator Boysie Oakes 1966
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Bruce Templeton 1966
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Mike Harper 1965
No Score Yet Young Cassidy Actor 1965
No Score Yet 36 Hours Major Walter Gerber 1965
40% Fate Is The Hunter Capt. Jack Savage 1964
100% Sunday in New York Mike Mitchell / Adam Tyler 1963
0% The V.I.P.s Les Mangam 1963
95% The Birds Mitch Brenner 1963
No Score Yet Seven Seas to Calais (Il dominatore dei 7 mari) Sir Francis Drake 1963
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles Hollis Farr 1963
98% 101 Dalmatians Pongo 1961
75% The Time Machine H. George Wells 1960
No Score Yet Colossus and the Amazon Queen Pirro 1960
No Score Yet Ask Any Girl Ross Tayford 1959
69% Separate Tables Charles 1958
11% Raintree County Garwood B. Jones 1957
95% Giant Sir David Karfey 1956
No Score Yet The Rack Al 1956
No Score Yet King Of The Coral Sea Jack Janiero 1956
17% The Catered Affair Ralph Halloran 1956
No Score Yet World Without End Herbert Ellis 1956
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen Cpl. Gwilym 1955
No Score Yet Long John Silver Actor 1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Brodie Evans 1955
No Score Yet Top Gun Lem Sutter 1955
No Score Yet Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island Israel Hand 1953


No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
Gordon Cahill 2000
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Rory Lanahan 1995
82% The Twilight Zone
Col. Clegg Forbes 1959
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Paul Duveen


Bruce Templeton says: I hate bananas. And I hate cream pie. So that makes banana cream pie a double hate!

George H. G. Wells says: What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams... FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.

George H. G. Wells says: When I speak of time, I'm speaking of the fourth dimension.