I missed acknowledging, last Friday, the 83rd birthday of Australian-born actor Rod Taylor. In addition to starring in the 1960 science-fiction film The Time Machine and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Taylor appeared with Dennis Cole in the 1971 historical action series Bearcats! and the 1983 spy drama series Masquerade.
Taylor also featured in Fate Is the Hunter (1964), Hotel (1967), Nobody Runs Forever (1968), and The
Train Robbers (1973). He even did a turn as British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious asterds (2009).
However, many Rap Sheet readers may remember Taylor best for his performance as Travis McGee in Darker than Amber, the 1970 cinematic adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s 1966 novel. As author Gar Anthony Haywood put it recently on Facebook, Taylor was the “best Travis McGee EVER.” If you’ve never seen the film, click here to watch its opening sequence as well as a late fight scene between Taylor and William Smith that apparently became much
more violent than the director had expected.