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

With a career spanning six decades, Australian actor Rod Taylor had many opportunities to prove his abilities as a performer in film, TV, theater and radio. Born in the suburban town of Lidcombe in New South Wales, Australia, Taylor had early exposure to the creative arts from his mother, a writer of more than a hundred children's stories, and his father, a construction contractor who also worked as a commercial artist. Taylor picked up his father's knack for visual design, working at Mark Foy's department store painting window displays as he studied graphic arts at East Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College. Undeniably, however, Taylor also loved acting. In his spare time he would take drama classes and participate in small-scale theatrical productions like "Julius Caesar" at the Independent Theatre in 1950 and "The Vigil" at John Alden Co. in 1951. Taylor got married around this time to a woman named Peggy Williams, though he would later remark that they were far too young at the time to create a healthy marriage. He wavered between his two crafts until he had a formative experience watching a performance of "Richard III" by none other than Sir Laurence Olivier and his touring Old Vic theatre troupe. Taylor was so inspired by the production that he made up his mind to pursue acting full time. He would continue to act on stage, but Taylor found still more success acting in radio dramas, which soon became his full time occupation. He starred in such popular radio shows as "The Dambusters," "Tarzan," "Blue Hills," Such Men are Dangerous," "No Lullaby for Lise," and many more, before he won the Rola award for his performance on "O'Sullivan's Bay" in 1954. Recently divorced from Williams, Taylor parlayed his win into a trip to Hollywood, where he set to work breaking into the mainstream film industry. He found many outlets early on, appearing on shows like "Studio 57" (DuMont, 1954-58) and in films like "World Without End" (1956) and "The Catered Affair" (1956) before his big break came in 1960, with a starring role in George Pal's adaptation of "The Time Machine" (1960). The film's success skyrocketed Taylor's fame to a new level, and he would appear in several more prominent movies from that period, including "The Birds" (1963). The iconic Hitchcock thriller would come on the heels of Taylor's second marriage to Mary Hilem, with whom he would give birth to a daughter, Felicia, in 1964. While this marriage would also end in divorce, in 1969, Taylor's career remained successful, with roles in landmark films and TV shows like "Zabriskie Point" (1970), and the series "Bearcats!" (CBS, 1971). He would be married again in 1980 to Carol Kikumura, a woman Taylor had dated back in the early '60s before she relocated to Las Vegas. After rekindling their relationship, he and Kikumura's union would last for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Taylor found ongoing success throughout the '80s on the shows "Masquerade" (ABC, 1983-84) and "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-89). The '90s found Taylor acting in movies like "Open Season" (1995) and on shows like "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001) and "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1995). His last appearance on screen was as the great Winston Churchill in the explosively popular Quentin Tarantino film "Inglorious Basterds" (2009). Taylor died in Los Angeles on January 7, 2015. He was 84 years old.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches Unknown (Character) - 2018
89% 88% Inglourious Basterds Winston Churchill (Character) $120.5M 2009
No Score Yet 16% Kaw Doc (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Commissioner Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy General Sorenson (Character) - 1998
32% 68% Welcome to Woop Woop Daddy O (Character) $35.5K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Point of Betrayal Ted Kitteridge (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Season Billy Patrick (Character) $5.2K 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Palomino Bill King (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaws Sheriff Jonathan Grail (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Spot Commander (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Die Jack Bailey (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story Edward Adeane (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vortex Christopher Tauling (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy "Black Jack" Bouvier (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellinger's Law Judge Carroll (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Run Mr. Payatta (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 22% Cry of the Innocent Steve Donegin (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jamaican Gold Marian Casey (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 40% The Picture Show Man Palmer (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Evan Thorpe (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Matter of Wife... and Death Shamus McCoy (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure Seekers Marian Casey (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell River Marko (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trader Horn Trader Horn (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 32% The Deadly Trackers Frank Brand (Character) - 1973
33% 58% The Train Robbers Grady (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heroes Bob Robson (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Flight Jason Carlyle (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Powderkeg Hank Brackett (Character) - 1971
64% 75% Zabriskie Point Lee Allen (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bearcats Hank Brackett (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Had Power Over Women Peter Reaney (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 50% Darker Than Amber Travis McGee (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hell With Heroes Brynie MacKay (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 50% The High Commissioner Scobie Malone (Character) - 1968
67% 77% Dark of the Sun Curry (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 20% Chuka Chuka (Character),
Producer
- 1967
100% 37% Hotel Peter McDermott (Character) - 1967
57% 74% The Glass Bottom Boat Bruce Templeton (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 44% The Liquidator Boysie Oakes (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 42% Do Not Disturb Mike Harper (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 40% Young Cassidy John Cassidy (Character) - 1965
40% 62% Fate Is the Hunter Capt. Jack Savage (Character) - 1964
80% 77% 36 Hours Major Walter Gerber (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Seas to Calais Sir Francis Drake (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% A Gathering of Eagles Col. Hollis Farr (Character) - 1963
95% 83% The Birds Mitch Brenner (Character) - 1963
0% 45% The V.I.P.s Les Mangrum (Character) - 1963
100% 77% Sunday in New York Mike Mitchell (Character) - 1963
98% 76% One Hundred and One Dalmatians Pongo (Voice) $91.3M 1961
No Score Yet 11% Colossus and the Amazon Queen Pirro (Character) - 1960
76% 79% The Time Machine George (H. G. Wells) (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 63% Ask Any Girl Ross Tayford (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Down to Terror Mike Randall (Character) - 1958
65% 76% Separate Tables Charles (Character) - 1958
11% 52% Raintree County Garwood B. Jones (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% World Without End Herbert Ellis (Character) - 1956
95% 87% Giant Sir David Karfrey (Character) $183.9K 1956
17% 70% The Catered Affair Ralph Halloran (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 64% Top Gun Lem Sutter (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 65% The Virgin Queen Cpl. Gwilym (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Coral Sea Jack Janierno (Character) - 1953

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Falcon Crest Frank Agretti (Character) 1981-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masquerade Mr. Lavender (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1955

QUOTES FROM Rod Taylor CHARACTERS

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.