• Rod Taylor, the muscular Australian actor who had two major starring roles early in his career - in the George Pal film adaptation of HG Wells' "The Time Machine," and in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds - has passed away. He was 84.
- KC's View:
- Taylor's career never lived up to the promise of those early performances, and to be honest, I always thought of him as kind of a lesser Burt Lancaster. But he's really, really good in The Birds, which remains a masterpiece of terror more than 50 years after it was made. And he's also quite good as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.
And in reading his obit, I found out something I didn't know - that he is the voice of Pongo in the original 101 Dalmatians in 1961.
In all, that's a pretty good career.