Rod Taylor

Biography

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 L'uomo che visse nel futuro (1960). As the movie finished with George, and his best friend Filby Alan Young seemingly parting forever, both actors were brought back together in 1993 to film a 30 minute epilogue to the original movie! Taylor's virile, matinée idol looks also assisted him in scoring the lead of Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock's creepy thriller Gli uccelli (1963), the role of Jane Fonda's love interest in Una domenica a New York (1963), the title role in John Ford's biopic of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey in Il magnifico irlandese (1965), and a co-starring role in Quel maledetto colpo al Rio Grande Express (1973) with John Wayne. Taylor also appeared as Bette Davis future son-in-law in the well-received film Pranzo di nozze (1956). He also gave a sterling performance as the German-American Nazi Major trying to fool James Garner in Le ultime 36 ore (1964). Later Taylor made many westerns and action movies during the 1960s and 1970s; however, none of them were much better than "B pictures" and failed to push his star to the next level. Aditionally, Taylor was cast as the lead in several TV series including Bearcats! (1971), Masquerade (1983), and Fuorilegge (1986); however, none of them truly ignited viewer interest, and they were canceled after only one or two seasons. Most fans would agree that Rod Taylor's last great role was in the wonderful Australian film The Picture Show Man (1977), about a traveling side show bringing "moving pictures" to remote towns in the Australian outback.

Filmography

Movie Name Release Date
101 Dalmatians November 30, 1961