Rod Taylor

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  • Birth Name: Rodney Sturt Taylor
  • Birth Place: Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
  • Died: January 7, 2015
  • Profession: Actor, Voice-overs, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Is the great-great grand nephew of explorer Charles Sturt.
  • Worked as a commercial artist before starting his acting career.
  • Before working in films, worked extensively in theater and on the radio.
  • First came to Hollywood in 1954 and couldn't find work, so he slept on the beach and caught fish to eat.
  • Shot to stardom in the science-fiction classic The Time Machine (1960).
  • Was considered for one of the lead roles in the 1960s TV series Maverick.
  • Named directors John Ford and George Marshall (and their wives) as godparents to his daughter Felicia.
  • Came out of retirement in 2009 to play Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds.
  • A biography, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, was published in 2010.

Awards

  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Peggy Williams — Ex-wife
  • Mary Beth Hilem — Ex-wife
  • Carol Kikumura — Wife
  • William Sturt Taylor — Father
  • Felicia Taylor — Daughter
  • Mona Thompson — Mother

College

  • East Sydney Technical and Fine Arts School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Details

  • Birth Name: Rodney Sturt Taylor
  • Birth Place: Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
  • Died: January 7, 2015
  • Profession: Actor, Voice-overs, Producer