Rod Taylor Of "The Birds", "Time Machine" Dies at 84

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Rod Taylor fans around the world continue to mourn Hollywood's loss today.

Taylor suffered a heart attack on Wednesday after a dinner party and is survived by his wife, Carol, and his daughter, Felicia, who is a former CNN anchor.

Felicia said of her father's life in Hollywood, “My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn't live without.”

She added, “He once said, ‘I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.’”

Rod Taylor was born in Australia, but came to Hollywood to realize a dream. He worked his way up the Hollywood ladder and starred in over 50 films during his career, many of them classics like The Birds, The Time Machine, and The V.I.P.s.

"To a large degree, those early lean days were self-imposed," he told Screenland magazine in 1961.

"I would only do the good things. I wouldn’t do anything I didn't consider prestige. I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad picture and do a small role in a very good picture."

Rod Taylor's The Birds co-star, Tippi Hedren said of him, “There are so many incredible feelings I have for him. Rod was a great pal to me and a real strength, we were very, very good friends.”

She added, “He was one of the most fun people I have ever met, thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man.”

Rod Taylor was privileged enough to be part of a great age in Hollywood history. His absence will surely be felt by his colleagues, present and former.

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.