Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

actor, music department, writer

Rod Taylor was born on Jan 11, 1930 in Australia. Rod Taylor's big-screen debut came with King of the Coral Sea directed by Lee Robinson in 1954, strarring Jack Janiero. Rod Taylor is known for Inglourious Basterds directed by Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt stars as Lt. Aldo Raine and Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna. Rod Taylor has got 5 awards and 3 nominations so far. The most recent award Rod Taylor achieved is Central Ohio Film Critics Association. The upcoming new movie Rod Taylor plays is Inglourious Basterds which will be released on Aug 21, 2009.

Suave and handsome Australian actor arrived in 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 La Machine à explorer le temps (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 Les Oiseaux (1963), the role of Jane Fonda's love interest in Un dimanche à New York (1963), the title role in John Ford's biopic of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey in Le Jeune Cassidy (1965), and a co-starring role in Les voleurs de trains (1973) with John Wayne. Taylor also appeared as Bette Davis future son-in-law in the well-received film Un mariage du tonnerre (1956). He also gave a sterling performance as the German-American Nazi Major trying to fool James Garner in 36 heures avant le débarquement (1964). Later, Taylor made many westerns and action movies during the 1960s and 1970s; however, none of these were much better than "B" pictures and failed to push his star to the next level. Additionally, Taylor was cast as the lead in several TV series including Bearcats! (1971), Masquerade (1983), and Outlaws (1986); however, none of them truly ignited viewer interest, and they were cancelled 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 travelling sideshow bringing "moving pictures" to remote towns in the Australian outback.

  • Birthday

    Jan 11, 1930
  • Place of Birth

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Known For


5 wins & 3 nominations

Central Ohio Film Critics Association
Best Ensemble
Winner - COFCA Award
Gold Derby Awards
Ensemble Cast
Winner - Gold Derby Film Award
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