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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

Inglourious Basterds Winston Churchill
(2009)
The Birds Mitch Brenner
(1963)
The Time Machine H. George Wells
(1960)
(1961)

Filmography

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 2009 Inglourious Basterds
Winston Churchill
 2007 Kaw
Doc
 1996-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Gordon Cahill
- Wedding Bells: Part 2 (2000) ... Gordon Cahill
- Wedding Bells: Part 1 (2000) ... Gordon Cahill
- Texas vs. Cahill (1997) ... Gordon Cahill
- Redemption (1996) ... Gordon Cahill
 1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (TV Movie)
General Sorenson
 1997 Welcome to Woop Woop
Daddy-O
 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
 1995 Open Season
Billy Patrick
 1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)
Gen. Willoughby
 1991 Palomino (TV Movie)
Bill King
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
Lavender
 1988-1990 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Frank Agretti
- Madness Descending (1990) ... Frank Agretti
- Time Bomb (1990) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
- Danny (1989) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
- Merry Christmas, Charley (1989) ... Frank Agretti
- Luck Wave (1989) ... Frank Agretti (credit only)
 1988 Mask of Murder
Supt. Bob McLaine
 1986-1987 Outlaws (TV Series)
Sheriff Jonathan Grail
- Birthday (1987) ... Sheriff Jonathan Grail
- Jackpot (1987) ... Sheriff Jonathan Grail
- Hardcase (1987) ... Sheriff Jonathan Grail
- Independents (1987) ... Sheriff Jonathan Grail
- Pursued (1987) ... Sheriff Jonathan Grail
 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 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Movie)
'Black Jack' Bouvier
 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
 1976-1977 The Oregon Trail (TV Series)
Evan Thorpe
- Wagon Race (1977) ... Evan Thorpe
- Suffer the Children (1977) ... Evan Thorpe
- Return of the Baby (1977) ... Evan Thorpe
- The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1977) ... Evan Thorpe
- The Gold Dust Queen (1977) ... Evan Thorpe
 1977 The Picture Show Man
Palmer
 1976 Vortex
Christopher Tauling
 1975 A Matter of Wife... and Death (TV Movie)
Shamus McCoy
 1974 Partizani (TV Mini-Series)
Marko
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Marko
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Marko
 1974 Partizani
Marko
 1973 The Deadly Trackers
Frank Brand
 1973 Trader Horn
Trader Horn
 1973 Gli eroi
Lieutenant Bob Robson
 1973 The Train Robbers
Grady
 1972 Family Flight (TV Movie)
Jason Carlyle
 1971 Bearcats! (TV Series)
Hank Brackett
- Man in a Cage (1971) ... Hank Brackett
- The Return of Estaban (1971) ... Hank Brackett
- The Big Guns (1971) ... Hank Brackett
- Tiger, Tiger (1971) ... Hank Brackett
- Bitter Flats (1971) ... Hank Brackett
 1970 Darker Than Amber
Travis McGee
 1970 The Man Who Had Power Over Women
Peter Reaney
 1970 Zabriskie Point
Lee Allen
 1968 The Hell with Heroes
Brynie MacKay
 1968 Nobody Runs Forever
Scobie Malone
 1968 Dark of the Sun
Capt. Bruce Curry
 1967 Chuka
Chuka
 1967 Hotel
Ian McDermott
 1966 The Glass Bottom Boat
Bruce Templeton
 1965 Do Not Disturb
Mike Harper
 1965 The Liquidator
Boysie Oakes
 1965 Young Cassidy
John Cassidy
 1964 36 Hours
Major Walter Gerber
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Capt. Jack Savage
 1963 Sunday in New York
Mike Mitchell
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Les Mangrum
 1963 A Gathering of Eagles
Col. Hollis Farr
 1963 The Birds
Mitch Brenner
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Robert Shannon
- The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon (1963) ... Robert Shannon
 1962 Dateline: San Francisco (TV Movie)
Chris Andrews
 1962 Seven Seas to Calais
Sir Francis Drake
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Robert Shannon
- The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon (1962) ... Robert Shannon
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Bob Carter
- Thunder in the Night (1962) ... Bob Carter
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Johnny Jones
- Portrait of a Hero (1961) ... Johnny Jones
 1960-1961 Hong Kong (TV Series)
Glenn Evans
- The Runaway (1961) ... Glenn Evans
- The Innocent Exile (1961) ... Glenn Evans
- Love Honor and Perish (1961) ... Glenn Evans
- The Woman in Grey (1961) ... Glenn Evans
- Murder by Proxy (1961) ... Glenn Evans
 1961 101 Dalmatians
Pongo (voice)
 1960 The Time Machine
H. George Wells
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Carter
- Thunder in the Night (1960) ... Bob Carter
 1957-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Fred Gauman / Sam Tipton
- Early to Die (1960) ... Fred Gauman
- 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
- The Great Gatsby (1958) ... Nick Carraway
- Verdict of Three (1958) ... Francis Allen
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Ross Tayford
 1958 Separate Tables
Charles
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Lee
- The Best House in the Valley (1958) ... Lee
 1958 Step Down to Terror
Mike Randall
 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)
Boyd Harland
- A Thing to Fight For (1958) ... Boyd Harland
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Jim
 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
 1956 World Without End
Herbert Ellis
 1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
John Brodie Evans (as Rodney Taylor)
 1955 Top Gun
Lem Sutter
 1955 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Clancy
- The Argonauts (1955) ... Clancy
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Cpl. Gwilym (uncredited)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Baxter / Mr. Gilbert
- Dark Tribute (1955) ... Baxter
- The Browning Version (1955) ... Mr. Gilbert
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Patrick Harrington / Dr. Don Dolby / Tommy Scarbrough
- Killer Whale (1955) ... Patrick Harrington
- 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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Personal Details

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 »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Rodney Taylor

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When I arrived at LA airport, to be met by some Hollywood promoters, they were expecting some six foot, pretty guy. Instead they were shocked to see a five foot ten punk, with a broken nose. See more »

Trivia:

Was originally considered for the role of Roper in Enter the Dragon (1973) but was thought to be too tall, compared to the actor he'd be sharing many action scenes with, Bruce Lee -- the part eventually played by John Saxon. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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