Rod Taylor

Actor, Painter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/11/1930 in Lidcombe, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (69)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

Winston Churchill (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

Daddy-O (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

Billy Patrick (Actor)

Point of Betrayal 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Masquerade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Run 1981 (Movie)

Payette (Actor)

A Time to Die 1978 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

The Oregon Trail 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Oregon Trail 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Picture Show Man 1975 (Movie)

Palmer (Actor)

Blondy 1974 (Movie)

Al Mathieu Carriere Tauling (Actor)

Hell River 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Partisani 1973 (Movie)

Marko (Actor)

Trader Horn 1973 (Movie)

Trader Horn (Actor)

Bearcats! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deadly Trackers 1972 (Movie)

Brand (Actor)

The Train Robbers 1972 (Movie)

Grady (Actor)

Gli Eroi 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Darker Than Amber 1970 (Movie)

Travis McGee (Actor)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

Lee Allen (Actor)

The Man Who Had Power Over Women 1969 (Movie)

Peter Reaney (Actor)

The Hell With Heroes 1968 (Movie)

Brynie MacKay (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Peter Mcdermott (Actor)

The Mercenaries 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

Chuka (Actor)

The Liquidator 1966 (Movie)

Boysie Oakes (Actor)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

Bruce Templeton (Actor)

Young Cassidy 1965 (Movie)

John Cassidy (Actor)

Do Not Disturb 1964 (Movie)

Mike Harper (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Capt Jack Savage (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Maj Walter Gerber (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Mitch Brenner (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Les Mangrum (Actor)

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

Hollis Farr (Actor)

Sunday in New York 1962 (Movie)

Mike Mitchell (Actor)

101 Dalmatians 1960 (Movie)

Pongo (Voice)

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Time Machine 1960 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Ask Any Girl 1958 (Movie)

Ross Taford (Actor)

Separate Tables 1958 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Step Down to Terror 1958 (Movie)

Mike Randall (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Garwood B Jones (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Sir David Karfrey (Actor)

King of the Coral Sea 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Ralph Halloran (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

Brodie Evans (Actor)

The Virgin Queen 1955 (Movie)

Corporal Gwilym (Actor)

Top Gun 1955 (Movie)

Lem Sutter (Actor)

World Without End 1955 (Movie)

Herbert Ellis (Actor)

Cry of the Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's "Palomino" (TV Show)

Actor

Family Flight (TV Show)

Actor

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Hellinger's Law (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Show)

Actor

Kaw (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaws (TV Show)

Actor

Powderkeg (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

William Sturt Taylor

Father

Mona Taylor

Mother

Mary Hilem

Wife
married June 3, 1963 divorced 1969 one daughter

Felicia Taylor

Daughter
co-anchor, "This Morning's Business" on KCOP, in Los Angeles

Peggy Wiliams

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

East Sydney Art College

1944 - 1948

Milestones

2009

Made final screen appearance as Winston Churchill in "Inglorious Bastards"

1993

Acted on TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger"

1988

Joined the cast of the massively popular night time soap "Falcon Crest."

1967

Debut as film producer, "Chuka" (also actor)

1960

Earned his big break with a leading role in "The Time Machine."

1955

US film debut, "Top Gun"

1954

Made his feature film debut in "King of the Coral Sea."

Began career as artist

Bonus Trivia

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He is the president of Rodlor Pictures, Inc. (1960-present)

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Earned a living painting window displays at Mark Foy's department store before he made it as an actor.

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Participated in a million dollar ad campaign for Utah Development Co. in 1977.

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