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Rod Taylor (I) (1930–2015)

Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal's spectacular The Time Machine (1960). As the movie finished ... See full bio »

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Known For

101 Dalmatians
Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds Winston Churchill
The Birds
The Birds Mitch Brenner
The Time Machine
The Time Machine H. George Wells


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 2007 Kaw
 1997 Welcome to Woop Woop
 1995 The Point of Betrayal
Ted Kitteridge
 1988 Mask of Murder
Supt. Bob McLaine
 1983 On the Run
Mr. Payatta
 1982 A Time to Die
Jack Bailey
 1979 Jamaican Gold
Marian Casey
 1977 The Picture Show Man
 1976 Vortex
Christopher Tauling
 1974 Partizani
 1973 The Deadly Trackers
Frank Brand
 1973 Gli eroi
Lieutenant Bob Robson
 1973 The Train Robbers
 1970 The Man Who Had Power Over Women
Peter Reaney
 1970 Zabriskie Point
Lee Allen
 1968 The Hell with Heroes
Brynie MacKay
 1967 Chuka
 1965 Do Not Disturb
Mike Harper
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Capt. Jack Savage
 1963 A Gathering of Eagles
Col. Hollis Farr
 1961 101 Dalmatians
Pongo (voice)
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Ross Tayford
 1958 Step Down to Terror
Mike Randall
 1957 Raintree County
Garwood B. Jones
 1956 The Rack
Al (uncredited)
 1956 Giant
Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
 1956 The Catered Affair
Ralph Halloran
 1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
John Brodie Evans (as Rodney Taylor)
 1955 Top Gun
Lem Sutter
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Cpl. Gwilym (uncredited)
 1954 Long John Silver
Israel Hands (as Rodney Taylor)
 1954 King of the Coral Sea
Jack Janiero
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In 1962, he starred in an unsold pilot for a series about a San Francisco-based newspaper columnist called "Dateline". The pilot cost $200,000 and was shot on location. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Rodney Taylor


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

"Pretending to still be the tough man of action isn't dignified for me any more. There comes a time when you're over the hill and there are plenty of great looking younger actors who can take your place. The action stars of today are making some wonderful films. There are no 'I could do it better' feelings in me. The younger they come, the better they get. That's why Olympic records are broken." ... See more »


In the late 1960s he focused on action films. Critics felt he looked too short, old and out-of-shape to be believable in those roles, and the films all flopped at the box office. See more »


Often played stolid and macho action heroes in war films and westerns. See more »

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