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Rod Taylor

Highest Rated:   100% Sunday in New York (1963)
Lowest Rated:   11% Raintree County (1957)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Young Cassidy
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter
  • Actor
2011
88% Inglourious Basterds
  • Winston Churchill
$120.6M 2009
No Score Yet Kaw
  • Doc
2007
No Score Yet High Commissioner
  • Actor
2004
28% 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 Treasure Seekers (Jamaican Gold)
  • Screenwriter
  • Marian Casey
1979
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Actor
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
20% The Train Robbers
  • Grady
1973
No Score Yet Darker than Amber
  • Travis McGee
1970
67% Zabriskie Point
  • Lee Allen
1970
No Score Yet Man Who Had Power Over Women
  • Peter Reaney
1970
No Score Yet Powderkeg
  • Hank Bracket
1970
No Score Yet The Mercenaries (Dark of the Sun)
  • Curry
1968
No Score Yet The High Commissioner
  • Scobie Malone
1968
No Score Yet Chuka
  • Producer
  • Chuka
1967
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Peter McDermott
1967
No Score Yet The Liquidator
  • Boysie Oakes
1966
50% The Glass Bottom Boat
  • Bruce Templeton
1966
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb
  • Mike Harper
1965
No Score Yet 36 Hours
  • Major Walter Gerber
1965
100% Sunday in New York
  • Mike Mitchell / Adam Tyler
1963
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s
  • Les Mangam
1963
96% 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
77% 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
77% 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
80% Waterloo Bridge
  • Actor
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Col. Clegg Forbes
  • 1959

Quotes from Rod Taylor's Characters