Rod Taylor Tributes and Obits
Taylor was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,
and died Jan. 7, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
links and excerpts from tributes and obits following Rod's death.
Rod Taylor: An Appreciation of the Under-Appreciated
Bartlett at the Hollywood Reporter site
Draw a circle around Taylor's career
from 1955-65, and you justifiably can rate that period with the heydays
of any Australian actor, before or since. His work during this time
spanned almost every genre: sci-fi ... horror ... animation ... drama
... breezy romantic comedies ... and biopics.
... Two months ago, I submitted his
name to the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts —
which celebrates our country's greatest achievements in film and
television — for its lifetime achievement award.
Rod's daughter, Felicia Taylor, released the sad news to People, with the
"My dad loved his work. Being an actor was
his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he
couldn’t live without."
This report also contained a quote from Tippi Hedren, Rod's co-star
in The Birds:
"There are so many incredible feelings I have for
him. Rod was a great pal to me and a real strength, we were very, very
good friends. He was one of the most fun people I have ever met,
thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man."
It's not every actor who has the longevity to work
with the likes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino. But Rod
Taylor had it.
For Rod Taylor, with Love, by
blogger Sister Celluloid
He earned his place among the giants, and he is
sitting beside them now. But oh, how I wish with all my heart he were
New York Times
In 1964, at the height of his fame,
Mr. Taylor talked to The New York Times about his career. “With me,
it’s been part luck and part sheer, regimented planning,” he said.
He recalled being influenced by the director George Stevens’s advice
to respect himself as an actor, even in bit parts. After that, Mr.
Taylor said, “I resolved to work my head off.”
Los Angeles Times
When actor Rod Taylor started out in his native
Australia in the early 1950s, he won an acting award that included a
round-trip ticket to London. But when the flight stopped in Los Angeles,
he got off the plane and stayed, launching a prolific six decades in
One of the manliest men to ever grace the silver
screen has passed away.
The Washington Post
Rod Taylor, a virile leading man who excelled as
the resourceful hero of 1960s dramas such as “The Birds,” “The Time
Machine” and “Dark of the Sun,” and who showed an understated finesse in
screen comedies, died Jan. 7 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.
montage of Rod Taylor scenes in TCM's video tribute.
also ran a five-film tribute to Rod Taylor on Jan. 29, 2015. The
featured films were
The Time Machine,
Sunday in New York,
Young Cassidy and
The Glass Bottom Boat.
The Australian news site's tribute includes some rare photos, like this one:
ABC News Radio
Listen to Australian ABC radio film reviewer Rhett Bartlett talk to
interviewer Laura Tchilinguirian about Rod Taylor's life and career.