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Rod Taylor Biography

Birth Name:
Rodney Sturt Taylor
Birth Place:
Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
Actor, voice-overs, producer

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


  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner


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