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


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 2007 Kaw
 1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (TV Movie)
General Sorenson
 1997 Welcome to Woop Woop
 1996 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
Pete Merriwell
- Pilot (1996) ... Pete Merriwell
 1995 The Point of Betrayal
Ted Kitteridge
 1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Inspector Rory Lanahan / Tom Dempsey
- Nan's Ghost: Part 2 (1995) ... Inspector Rory Lanahan
- Nan's Ghost: Part 1 (1995) ... Inspector Rory Lanahan
- Another Killing in Cork (1995) ... Tom Dempsey
 1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)
Gen. Willoughby
 1991 Palomino (TV Movie)
Bill King
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
 1988-1990 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Frank Agretti
- Time Bomb (1990) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
- Danny (1989) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
- Luck Wave (1989) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
 1988 Mask of Murder
Supt. Bob McLaine
 1983-1984 Masquerade (TV Series)
Mr. Lavender
- Flashpoint (1984) ... Mr. Lavender
- Spying Down to Rio (1984) ... Mr. Lavender
- Spanish Gambit (1984) ... Mr. Lavender
- Sleeper (1984) ... Mr. Lavender
- Winnings (1984) ... Mr. Lavender
 1983 On the Run
Mr. Payatta
 1982 Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (TV Movie)
Edward Adeane
 1982 A Time to Die
Jack Bailey
 1981 Hellinger's Law (TV Movie)
Clint Tolliver
 1980 Cry of the Innocent (TV Movie)
Steve Donegin
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Paul Duveen
- The Hitch-Hiker (1980) ... Paul Duveen
 1979 Jamaican Gold
Marian Casey
 1977 The Picture Show Man
 1976 Vortex
Christopher Tauling
 1974 Partizani
 1974 Partizani (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Marko
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Marko
 1973 The Deadly Trackers
Frank Brand
 1973 Gli eroi
Lieutenant Bob Robson
 1973 The Train Robbers
 1972 Family Flight (TV Movie)
Jason Carlyle
 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
 1962 Dateline: San Francisco (TV Movie)
Chris Andrews
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Johnny Jones
 1961 101 Dalmatians
Pongo (voice)
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Carter
- Thunder in the Night (1960) ... Bob Carter
 1957-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Sam Tipton
- Early to Die (1960)
- The Young Years (1957) ... Sam Tipton
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Alan Ballister
- Capital Gains (1960) ... Alan Ballister
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Alan Ballister
- Capital Gains (1960) ... Alan Ballister
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Jed Harper
- Picture of Sal (1960) ... Jed Harper
 1959 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
- And When the Sky Was Opened (1959) ... Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Joey / Bob Castillo / Lt. Warren Culver / ...
- Misalliance (1959) ... Joey
- The Raider (1959) ... Bob Castillo
- The Long March (1958) ... Lt. Warren Culver
- Verdict of Three (1958) ... Francis Allen
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Ross Tayford
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Best House in the Valley (1958) ... Lee
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Anthony, The Queen's Son
- Image of Fear (1958) ... Anthony, The Queen's Son
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1958 Step Down to Terror
Mike Randall
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
 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 Cheyenne (TV Series)
- The Argonauts (1955) ... Clancy
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Cpl. Gwilym (uncredited)
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Dr. Don Dolby / Tommy Scarbrough
- Killer Whale (1955)
- The Last Day on Earth (1955) ... Dr. Don Dolby
- The Black Sheep's Daughter (1955) ... Tommy Scarbrough (as Rodney Taylor)
 1954 Long John Silver
Israel Hands (as Rodney Taylor)
 1954 King of the Coral Sea
Jack Janiero
 1951 Inland with Sturt (Short)
George McLeay
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Other Works:

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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Alternate Names:

Rodney Taylor


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[on The Catered Affair (1956)] The Brooklyn accent I put on during the test so convinced the producers that I was from New York that they cast me as a Bronx boy. They didn't know I was just 18 months out of Australia until the movie was half finished. See more »


Played Tarzan in an Australian children's radio serial in the early 1950s. See more »


Virile, adventurous characters. See more »

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