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11 January - Rod Taylor, Actor "who travelled through time"

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:55 am

Australian Birthday today - Rodney Sturt "Rod" Taylor, born 11 January 1930, Lidcombe NSW is an Australian actor of film and television.

    He has appeared in over 50 films, and is well known for his roles in the science fiction film The Time Machine (1960), and in the Alfred Hitchcock horror movie The Birds (1963).

    Rod Taylor was the only child of William Sturt Taylor, a steel construction contractor and commercial artist, and the former Mona Thompson, a writer of more than a hundred short stories and children's books.

    Rod middle name came from his great-great grand uncle, Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer of the Australian Outback in the 19th century.

    Rod decided to become an actor after seeing seeing Laurence Olivier in an Old Vic touring production and made his feature film debut in the Australian Lee Robinson film King of the Coral Sea (1954)

    Moving to Hollywood, it wasn’t long before he got a guest appearance in the western “Cheyenne”, starring Clint Walker

    Taylor's first leading role in a feature film was George Pal's adaptation of H. G. Wells science-fiction classic The Time Machine (1960) and another blockbuster he starred in was Alfred Hitchcock's horror/thriller The Birds (1963)

    Taylor returned to Australia several times over the years to make films, playing a 1920s travelling showman in The Picture Show Man(1977), and a paid killer in On the Run (1983).

    As a naturalised American Rod now lives in New York City.
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