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Rod Taylor

Handsome, Australian born actor who made his mark in a variety of film genres including, the sci-fi classic “The Time Machine” (1960), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Birds” (1963), the high-seas swashbuckler “Seven Seas To Calais”  (1963) & the romantic comedy “Sunday In New York” (1963) with Jane Fonda.

Fact File

Birth Name: Rodney Sturt Taylor
Date Of Birth: 11th January 1930
Place Of Birth :
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5’ 11”

Spouse: Carol Kikumura Taylor (?)

Film Debut: “Long John Silver” (1954)

Signature Film: “The Time Machine” (1960)

Trivia: Rod was considered for the Charlon Heston role in “Planet Of The Apes” (1968)

Rod Taylor’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

The Time Machine (Collector's Edition) [DVD](1960) DVD
George Pal's incredible adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel stars Rod Taylor as the Victorian scientist whose invention catapults him thousands of years into the future, where humanity has mutated into the gentle Eloi and the savage Morlocks. Dazzling, Academy Award-winning effects and the dazzling Yvette Mimieux highlight this "timeless" adventure. With Sebastian Cabot, Alan Young. 103 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French; documentary; alternate ending; featurette; theatrical trailer; filmographies; scene access; isolated music score. Collector's edition is packaged in a fitted slipcase and contains a senitype image, a 35mm film frame, eight lobby cards, six bl

The V.I.P.s(1963) VHS
This multi-character drama looks at the lives and loves of a group of beautiful people who are waiting at a London airport for a number of reasons. Elizabeth Taylor is caught between the husband she has recently fled (Richard Burton) and a suave Lothario (Louis Jourdan); Orson Welles is a filmmaker; Rod Taylor an Australian businessman; and Oscar-winning Margaret Rutherford a dotty duchess. 119 min.

Sunday In New York(1963) VHS
Small-town girl Jane Fonda comes to Manhattan to get advice from older brother Cliff Robertson when her fiance tries to "go too far" before their wedding, but when Fonda learns of her sibling's playboy ways, she decides to follow in his footsteps. Breezy romantic comedy also stars Rod Taylor, Robert Culp; theme sung by Mel Torme. 105 min.

The Birds [DVD](1963) DVD
Nature runs amok in Alfred Hitchcock's chilling adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier story, as a small California coastal town finds itself under attack by gulls, crows and other fine feathered "friends." Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette star. 119 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; "making of" documentary; deleted scene; original ending; screen test; newsreel footage; theatrical trailer.

Colossus And The Amazon Queen(1964) VHS
A duo of beefy gladiators fresh from the Trojan War are bamboozled into sailing for a secret island, captured by lusty Amazons, and kept as walking sperm banks. Rod Taylor and Ed Fury star in this titillating sheets-and-shackles adventure. 94 min.

The Glass Bottom Boat(1966) VHS
Comedy mixes with romance in this wacky spy spoof as public relations specialist Doris Day finds that her job in a space lab leads her into a world of zany espionage proceedings and a relationship with boss Rod Taylor. John McGiver, Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise and Arthur Godfrey also star. 110 min.

Dark Of The Sun(1968) VHS
Superb action-adventure set in the Congo in the '50s and starring Rod Taylor as a mercenary who accepts a mission to ferry a train with fugitives and a cache of diamonds through rebel-held territory in three days. Filled with expertly-staged action scenes, this gritty film also stars Jim Brown, Yvette Mimieux and Kenneth More. 101 min.

Zabriskie Point(1969) VHS
It's the height of 1960s significance, as Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni chronicles the plight of a radical student, fleeing from society and the authorities after he's suspected of killing a policeman. Music by The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and The Youngbloods. Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor star; look for Harrison Ford. 112 min.

The Train Robbers(1972) VHS
John Wayne meets Ann-Margret in this superior sagebrush saga about a beautiful widow who recruits a band of brave gunmen to recover lost loot. Ben Johnson, Rod Taylor co-star. 92 min.

The Deadly Trackers(1973) VHS
When his family is brutally murdered by a bank robbery gang, sheriff Richard Harris lets nothing stand in the way of his bloody vengeance. Violent Western thriller also stars Neville Brand, Rod Taylor. 106 min.

 

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