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Rod Taylor, RIP

rod-taylor LOS ANGELES — Handsome leading man Rod Taylor, perhaps best known for his roles in “The Birds” and “The Time Machine,” died at his home here Jan. 7. He was 84.
MSTies will recall that he played Herbert Ellis in the movie “World Without End,” which was riffed in MST3K’s first live show in 1992.
The New York Times had an obit.

Thanks to Timmy for the reminder.

9 Replies to “Rod Taylor, RIP”

  1. VeryDisturbing says:

    Oh my gosh, this is incredibly sad…

    He was amazing in The Time Machine, and fantastic in an episode of The Twilight Zone called ‘And When the Sky Was Opened’, one of my favorite episodes of the series. I own the original Twilight Zone series on DVD, and he recorded a commentary for that episode. It’s worth a listen.

    R.I.P., Mr. Taylor.


  2. Lee Eisenberg says:

    Let’s not forget that Rod Taylor’s final appearance was Inglourious Basterds, where he played Winston Churchill.


  3. Unrelated (well, if you don’t count Gypsy’s obsession with Richard Basehart) – Terry Becker, who played Chief Sharky on Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, passed away last week.


  4. radioman970 says:

    excellent that he’s tied to mst3k in some way. He was perfect in Time Machine. One of my mostest most favs.

    Someone posted this in another forum:

    “Mister Filby, do you suppose he’ll ever return?”
    “One cannot choose, but wonder. You see, he’s all the time in the world.”



  5. Captain Cab says:

    Sad news. I loved him in the Time Machine.

    Also, anyone know if full recordings of the live shows exist anywhere?


  6. goalieboy82 says:

    if any are around, that would be a great show to watch (if not, a missing gem).


  7. Cornjob says:

    “And When the Sky was Opened” is my favorite Twilight Zone. I grew up feeling like those astronauts. Thank you Rod Taylor.


  8. G R Robertson says:

    They can try all they like but they will never beat the originals. Thank you Rod Taylor for your performance in The Time Machine, a true classic film.


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