Rod Taylor

(Rodney Taylor)
Date of birth January11 1930
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Portrait of Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor as H. George Wells
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Rod Taylor was the first Australian to become a major Hollywood star since Errol Flynn. Taylor arrived in Los Angeles in 1954 at the age of 24 after a successful beginning in Australian radio, theatre and films.

Dore Shary, the then head of MGM studios, signed him to a long term contract. After being featured in three pictures: The Catered Affair with Bette Davis, Raintree Country with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift and Ask Any Girl opposite Shirley MacLaine, the studio began starring Taylor in a long list of films beginning with the classic science fiction favorite The Time Machine.

He was voted new male personality and received the Golden Globe award in 1961. In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock starred him in The Birds, a blockbuster success, and the following year filmmaker, John Ford, gave Taylor the leading role in the Irish playwright Sean O’Casey’s Young Cassidy. By 1968, he had been voted one of the Top Five Action Stars by the American Film Buyers and given the Exhibitors Laurel Award.

His co-stars over the years form a formidable list of Who’s Who in show business. They include Doris Day, Liz Taylor, John Wayne, Maggie Smith, Rock Hudson, Julie Christie, Glen Ford, Richard Burton, Ann Margret, Rod Steiger, Yvette Mimieux, Karl Malden, Rex Harrison, Eva Marie Saint, Richard Harris, James Garner, and Sir Michael Redgrave, among numerous others. He has starred in over thirty films, including Gathering of Eagles, Sunday in New York, The Heroes, The Train Robers, Do Not Disturb, The Treasure Seekers and Open Season, to name a few. Taylor has headlined six TV series: Hong Kong on ABC, The Bearcats on CBS, Oregon Trail on NBC, ABC’s Masquerade, Outlaws on CBS and Falcon Crest.

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Full size machine in laboratory
George setting off on his journey through time.

Rod Taylor at the controls
George at the controls of the Time Machine.
This is card number 12 from the color set of
publicity stills. This is the only color 8x10 card
which shows the machine.

Rod Taylor's Fimography

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