Rod Taylor

Actors

Rodney Sturt Taylor (January 11, 1930 – January 7, 2015) was an Australian actor. Early film roles include Frank Tuttle’s Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), with Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, and Joanne Dru; Top Gun (1955), with Sterling Hayden; World Without End (1956), with Hugh Marlowe and Nancy Gates; Richard Brooks’s The Catered Affair (1956), with Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, and Barry Fitzgerald; George Stevens’s Giant (1956), with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Elsa Cárdenas and Earl Holliman; Edward Dmytryk’s Raintree Country (1957), with Montgomery Clift, Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, and Lee Marvin; Delbert Mann’s Separate Tables (1958), with Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, and Wendy Hiller; and Ask Any Girl (1959), with David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, and Gig Young.

He appeared in more than 50 feature films, including George Pal’s The Time Machine (1960), with Yvette Mimieux and Alan Young; Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds (1963), with Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright; Sunday in New York (1963), with Jane Fonda and Cliff Robertson; 36 Hours (1965), with James Garner and Eva Marie Saint; Frank Tashlin’s The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), with Doris Day, Arthur Godfrey, Dick Martin, Dom DeLuise, and Paul Lynde; Hotel (1967), with Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Rennie, Merle Oberon, and Melvyn Douglas; Gordon Douglas’s Chuka (1967), with Borgnine, John Mills, and James Whitmore; Joseph Sargent’s The Hell with Heroes (1968), with Claudia Cardinale and Kevin McCarthy; and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970), with Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin.

Later roles include Burt Kennedy’s The Train Robbers (1973), with John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ben Johnson, and Ricardo Montalban; The Deadly Trackers (1973), with Richard Harris and Al Lettieri; Blondie (1976), with Bibi Andersson, Catherine Jourdan, and Mathieu Carrière; The Picture Show Man (1977), with John Meillon, John Ewart, and Garry McDonald; Henry Levin’s The Treasure Seekers (1979), with Stuart Whitman and Elke Sommer; A Time to Die (1982), with Edward Albert and Rex Harrison; Mask of Murder (1985), with Christopher Lee; Stephen Elliot’s Welcome to Woop Woop (1997), with Johnathon Schaech; and his final role was as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds (2009), with Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • King of the Coral Sea (1954) – directed by Lee Robinson
  • Long John Silver (1954) – directed by Byron Haskin
  • The Virgin Queen (1955) – directed by Henry Koster – uncredited
  • Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) – directed by Frank Tuttle
  • Top Gun (1955) – directed by Ray Nazarro
  • World Without End (1956) – directed by Edward Bernds – aka Flight to the Future
  • The Catered Affair (1956) – directed by Richard Brooks
  • Giant (1956) – directed by George Stevens
  • The Rack (1956) – directed by Arnold Laven – uncredited
  • Raintree County (1957) – directed by Edward Dmytryk
  • Step Down to Terror (1958) – directed by Harry Keller
  • Separate Tables (1958) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • Ask Any Girl (1959) – directed by Charles Walters
  • The Time Machine (1960) – directed by George Pal
  • Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960) – directed by Vittorio Sala
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)** – directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, & Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Seven Seas to Calais (1962) – directed by Rudolph Maté
  • The Birds (1963) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The V.I.P.s (1963) – directed by Anthony Asquith
  • A Gathering of Eagles (1963) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • Sunday in New York (1963) – directed by Peter Tewksbury
  • Fate Is the Hunter (1964) – directed by Ralph Nelson
  • 36 Hours (1965) – directed by George Seaton
  • Young Cassidy (1965) – directed by Jack Cardiff & John Ford
  • The Liquidator (1965) – directed by Jack Cardiff
  • Do Not Disturb (1965) – directed by Ralph Levy
  • The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) – directed by Frank Tashlin
  • Hotel (1967) – directed by Richard Quine
  • Chuka (1967) – directed by Gordon Douglas
  • Dark of the Sun (1968) – directed by Jack Cardiff
  • Nobody Runs Forever (1968) – directed by Ralph Thomas – aka The High Commissioner
  • The Hell with Heroes (1968) – directed by Joseph Sargent
  • Zabriskie Point (1970) – directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Darker than Amber (1970) – directed by Robert Clouse
  • The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970) – directed by John Krish
  • Powderkeg (1971) – directed by Douglas Heyes – TV movie/pilot to series Bearcats!
  • Family Flight (1972) – directed by Marvin J. Chomsky – TV movie
  • The Train Robbers (1973) – directed by Burt Kennedy
  • The Heroes (1973) – directed by Duccio Tessari – aka Gli eroi
  • Trader Horn (1973) – directed by Reza Badiyi
  • The Deadly Trackers (1973) – directed by Barry Shear
  • Hell River (1974) – directed by Stole Jankovic – aka Partizani
  • A Matter of Wife… and Death (1975) – directed by Marvin Chomsky – TV movie
  • Blondie (1976) – directed by Sergio Gobbi
  • Gulliver’s Travels (1977) – directed by Peter R. Hunt – uncredited voice
  • The Picture Show Man (1977) – directed by John Power
  • The Treasure Seekers (1979) – directed by Henry Levin
  • Cry of the Innocent (1980) – directed by Michael O’Herlihy – TV movie
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981) – directed by Steve Gethers – TV movie
  • A Time to Die (1982) – directed by Matt Cimber & Joe Tornatore
  • On the Run (1983) – directed by Mende Brown
  • Terror in the Aisles (1984) – directed by Andrew J. Kuehn – compilation film
  • Marbella, un golpe de cinco estrellas (1985) – directed by Miguel Hermoso
  • Mask of Murder (1985) – directed by Arne Mattsson
  • Danielle Steel’s Palomino (1991) – directed by Michael Miller – TV movie
  • Grass Roots (1992) – directed by Jerry London – TV movie
  • Open Season (1995) – directed by Robert Wuhl
  • Point of Betrayal (1995) – directed by Richard Martini
  • Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) – directed by Stephan Elliott
  • The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998) – directed by Joe Dante – TV movie/pilot
  • Kaw (2007) – directed by Sheldon Wilson – TV movie
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino