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Rod Taylor Tributes and Obits

Rodney Sturt Taylor was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and died Jan. 7, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

Here are links and excerpts from tributes and obits following Rod's death.

Rod Taylor: An Appreciation of the Under-Appreciated
by Rhett 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 statement:

"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."

E! Online

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 still here.

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 Hollywood.

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.

Turner Classic Movies




Turner Classic Movies

Watch a montage of Rod Taylor scenes in TCM's video tribute.

TCM also ran a five-film tribute to Rod Taylor on Jan. 29, 2015. The featured films were The Time Machine, The Birds, Sunday in New York, Young Cassidy and The Glass Bottom Boat.

Daily Telegraph

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.