The Australian-born film and television actor, Rod Taylor, has passed away at the age of 84. Taylor had his first major film role in the movie adaptation of the H.G. Well’s science fiction classic “The Time Machine” in 1960. This excellent film produced by George Pal used stop-frame animation to show a late-Victorian era inventor managing to travel through time using his time machine.
Taylor went on to star in several entertaining adventure and thriller films from the 1960s including Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963), the James Bond-esque copy, “The Liquidator” (1965), the airport set drama “The VIPS” (1963), and the tale of past regrets, “Nobody Runs forever” (1968). He also voiced the dalmation, Pongo, in Disney’s cartoon “One Hundred and One Dalmations” (1961).
As his film career waned in the 1970s, Taylor moved to television series and was acting well into his 70s. accented tough guy heroes), Taylor was always worth watching. We give our condolences to his family and friends.