Australian actor Rod Taylor turns 84 today. Taylor was born in Sydney on January 11, 1930.
The handsome, charming Taylor's film career has spanned 1951 to 2009, with the actor most recently appearing as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009). His credits include providing a leading voice in a classic Disney film and working with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to George Stevens to George Pal and, briefly, John Ford.
Taylor's TV roles have included an extended run as Frank Agretti on FALCON CREST in the late '80s and playing "Black Jack" Bouvier, the father of JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY (1981), starring Jaclyn Smith.
In 2010 a biography of Taylor was published by Bear Manor Media, ROD TAYLOR: AN AUSSIE IN HOLLYWOOD by Stephen Vagg.
The Complete Rod Taylor Site has gathered considerable information on the actor. An interesting bit of family trivia shared there: Rod's daughter, Felicia Taylor, is a business anchor for CNN.
Mr. Taylor's films have brought me a great deal of enjoyment over the years, with many more still ahead of me to explore for the first time. Best wishes to him for a very happy birthday!
Rod Taylor films previously reviewed here: TOP GUN (1955), ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (1961), THE BIRDS (1963), SUNDAY IN NEW YORK (1963), FATE IS THE HUNTER (1964), DO NOT DISTURB (1965), THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966), and THE TRAIN ROBBERS (1973).
Other roles include THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956), GIANT (1956), SEPARATE TABLES (1958), THE TIME MACHINE (1960), THE V.I.P.s (1963), 36 HOURS (1965), YOUNG CASSIDY (1965), HOTEL (1967), and DARK OF THE SUN (1968).
January 8, 2015 Update: Very sad news today, Rod Taylor has passed away days short of turning 85.
My obituary tribute to Rod Taylor may be found here.