Quick Rod Taylor primer for anyone interested in watching his movies:

– If you’ve never seen a Rod Taylor movie, I urge you to check out The Time Machine (1960) and The Birds (1963). Those are the two of his pretty much every one likes, along with 101 Dalmatians (1961), for which he provided one of the voices.

– If you like glossy 50-60s rom coms about single girls worried about their virginity in New York City, you’ll enjoy Ask Any Girl (1959) and Sunday in New York (1964).

– If you like glossy all star melodramas from the 60s, it’s worth looking at The VIPs (1963) (where he plays an Aussie) and Hotel (1967)

– If you’re a fan of gritty guys on a mission action flicks, you’re going to love Dark of the Sun (1968)

– Lovers of wacky screwball comedies will enjoy The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) with Doris Day

-If you want to see what happens when MGM give Antonioni $7 million and complete creative carte blanche, see Zabriskie Point (1970) – Rod’s role is only small but its a fascinating, flawed movie

– If you don’t have a lot of time, and/or are into sci fi his best TV performance was probably “And the Sky Was Opened”, a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone – 30 mins of paranoiac greatness

– If you’re into “little known undiscovered gems” I can recommend the war time thriller 36 Hours (1964) and the air crash mystery Fate is the Hunter (1964)

– His best Australian movie was probably The Picture Show Man (1977) but his role is only small; he has a bigger part and is easily the best thing about Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)

– His best fight scene was in Darker Than Amber (1970)

– Great role he never played: either of the two leads in a version of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

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