Rod Taylor, R.I.P.

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zeit1 Rod Taylor ist heute im Alter von 84 Jahren gestorben, zwei Tage vor seinem Geburtstag. Der Mann wurde mit seiner Hauptrolle in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine weltberühmt und in Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds rettete er Tippi Hedren vor fiesen Möwen. Seine letzte Rolle war die des Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantinos Inglorious Basterds. R.I.P. Rod.

Rod Taylor, the suave Australian native who came to Hollywood and starred in such films as The Birds and The Time Machine, has died. He was two days shy of turning 85. Taylor died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter Felicia told CNN. People magazine also reported the news, quoting a rep for the actor. Taylor’s big breakthrough came with his starring turn in The Time Machine, director George Pal’s 1960 adaptation of the H. George Wells 1895 sci-fi classic.

He also played Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, coming to the aid of Tippi Hedren, and he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in another 1963 release, The V.I.Ps.

Hollywood Reporter: Rod Taylor, Star of 'The Birds' and 'The Time Machine,' Dies at 84