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Rod Taylor ACTOR


Rod Taylor was born on January 11th, 1930 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia with the birth name Rodney Sturt Taylor.  Rod was the only child born to parents were William Sturt Taylor and Mona Stewart.  Taylor attended Parramatta High School and later studied at East Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College.  The start of his career was working on an Australian  children's radio show in the early 1950's, he then moved to the United States in search of an acting career after being awarded the 1954 The Rola Show Australian radio actor of the year award, which included a ticket to London via Los Angeles.
He began with getting cast in a number of supporting roles on some films before getting some lead parts.  MGM Studio was impressed with him and therefore signed him to a contract.  His first American experience on screen was in a small part in the film, "A Catered Affair" (1956) followed by roles in, "Giant" (1956) starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean and "Separate Tables" (1958).  
His most well known role was in, "The Time Machine" (1960) playing George the inventor.  He followed this role with a number of other screen appearances in such films as, "The Birds" (1963), "Sunday in New York" (1963), "The Glass Bottom Boat" (1966), "Bearcats" (1971), "The Train Robbers" (1973) starring John Wayne and Ann-Margret and "Masquerade" (1983).
He was also involved working as a television actor in such series as, "Hong Kong" (1960-1961) , "Bus Stop" (1961) and later on in his career multiple episodes of, "Murder, She Wrote" and "Walker, Texas Ranger".        
As his career progressed the majority of films he was cast in were 'B' rated films and a variety of mostly western films.  Even though he was able to remain employed throughout his career, he never quite reached the level of stardom he was searching.  It is said his last decent role was in an Australian film called, "The Picture Show Man" (1977)
Taylor has married three times, first to Peggy Williams from 1951 through 1954.  His second marriage was to Mary Beth Hilem from 1963 through 1969 and together they had one child.  His third and final marriage was to Carol Kikumura from October 15th, 1980 through present day.
For the most part, he has retired from the industry, but he did make a return back to the big screen playing the role of the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill in, "Inglourious Basterds" (2009).  He is in current negotiations to possibly play Mikhail Gorachev in the biography, "Thatcher".


2009 Inglourious Basterds 
2007 Kaw 
1996-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger  
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
1997 Welcome to Woop Woop 
1995 Murder, She Wrote
1995 Open Season 
1995 Point of Betrayal 
1992 Grass Roots 
1991 Palomino 
1988-1990 Falcon Crest
1986-1987 Outlaws
1985 Marbella, un golpe de cinco estrellas
1985 Mask of Murder
1983-1984 Masquerade
1983 On the Run 
1982 Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story
1982 A Time to Die 
1981 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 
1981 Hellinger's Law 
1980 Cry of the Innocent 
1980 Tales of the Unexpected 
1979 Jamaican Gold 
1978 Gulliver's Travels
1976-1977 The Oregon Trail
1977 The Picture Show Man 
1976 A Matter of Wife... and Death 
1976 Vortex
1974 Tactical Guerilla 
1974 Partizani
1973 The Deadly Trackers 
1973 Trader Horn 
1973 Gli eroi
1973 The Train Robbers
1972 Family Flight
1971 Bearcats!
1971 Powderkeg 
1970 The Man Who Had Power Over Women 
1970 Darker Than Amber
1970 Zabriskie Point 
1968 The Hell with Heroes 
1968 The High Commissioner 
1968 Dark of the Sun 
1967 Chuka 
1967 Hotel 
1966 The Glass Bottom Boat
1965 Do Not Disturb 
1965 The Liquidator 
1965 Young Cassidy 
1965 36 Hours 
1964 Fate Is the Hunter 
1963 Sunday in New York 
1963 The V.I.P.s 
1963 A Gathering of Eagles 
1963 The Birds 
1963 ITV Television Playhouse
1962 Seven Seas to Calais
1962 The DuPont Show of the Week
1961 Bus Stop
1960-1961 Hong Kong
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 
1960 Colossus and the Amazon Queen 
1960 The Time Machine 
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
1957-1960 G.E. True Theater
1960 Goodyear Theatre
1960 Zane Grey Theater
1959 Twilight Zone
1958-1959 Playhouse 90
1959 Ask Any Girl 
1958 Separate Tables 
1958 Lux Playhouse
1958 Step Down to Terror
1958 Studio One in Hollywood
1958 Schlitz Playhouse
1957 Suspicion 
1957 Raintree County
1956 The Rack
1956 Giant
1956 The Catered Affair
1956 World Without End
1955 Top Gun 
1955 Hell on Frisco Bay 
1955 Cheyenne 
1955 The Virgin Queen
1955 Lux Video Theatre
1955 Studio 57
1954 Long John Silver
1953 King of the Coral Sea 
1951 Inland with Sturt 

Matinee Classics - 336 Hours starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner and Russell Thorson
Matinee Classics - Colossus and the Amazon Queen starring Rod Taylor, Ed Fury and Dorian Gray
Matinee Classics - On The Run aka Nowhere to Hide starring Rod Taylor, Paul Winfield, Beau Cox, Brian McDermott, Ray Meagher, Danny Adcock, Lola Nixon, Alistair Duncan, Reg Midway, Barry Lovett, Tom Farley, Roger Carroll, Michael Bains and Don Beresford
Matinee Classics - Powderkeg starring Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Fernando Lamas, John McIntire, Michael Ansara, Tisha Sterling, Melodie Johnson, Reni Santori and Luciana Paluzzi
Matinee Classics - Raintree County starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Abel, Jarma Lewis, Tom Drake, Rhys Williams, Russell Collins and DeForest Kelley
Matinee Classics - Sunday in New York starring Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Jo Morrow, Jim Backus and Peter Nero
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette

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