R.I.P. Rod Taylor

Sydney-born Australian actor Rod Taylor, best known as the star of George Pal’s original film adaptation of “The Time Machine” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Taylor made his feature debut in ‘Time,’ the 1960 screen version of H.G. Wells’ classic. He followed that up voicing the lead dog in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” and delivered a strong performance in “The Birds”.

Yet his career never really soared as high after those early successes, even though he kept working in various films such as “Sunday in New York ,” “36 Hours,” “Young Cassidy,” “The Liquidator,” “The Glass Bottom Boat,” “Hotel,” “Dark of the Sun,” “Nobody Runs Forever,” “Darker Than Amber,” “The Train Robbers,” “Bearcats!,” “The Oregon Trail,” “Masquerade,” “Outlaws,” “Falcon Crest,” and “Welcome to Woop Woop”.

His last role was that of Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”.

Source: CNN