Vale: Rod Taylor
Legendary screen actor Rod Taylor, best known for The Birds, has died, aged 84.
The dashing Australian-born actor died in Los Angeles on Wednesday from a heart attack.
Taylor has a lengthy list of screen credits, dominated by film roles, but later began to focus on television.
He was born in Sydney pursuing art school but seeing Laurence Olivier in a touring production of “Richard III” he changed careers.
He starred in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, The Birds, The V.I.P.s, A Gathering of Eagles, Fate Is the Hunter, 36 Hours, Young Cassidy, Do Not Disturb, Giant, Raintree Country, Separate Tables, 101 Dalmatians, The Glass Bottom Boat, The Train Robbers, Dark of the Sun, Zabriskie Point, Hotel, A Time to Die, and as Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds (his final role).
Australian film roles included The Picture Show Man and Welcome to Woop Woop.
But there were plenty of TV roles too including The Twilight Zone, Hong Kong, Bearcats, The Oregon Trail, Tales of the Unexpected , Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story, Masquerade, Outlaws, Falcon Crest, Walker Texas Ranger, Kaw and Murder She Wrote.