Actor Rod Taylor dies in Los Angeles at 84

Jan 9, 2015 3:11 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rod Taylor, the suave Australian actor whose brawny good looks made him a leading man for films ranging from thrillers to Westerns, has died. He was 84.

The actor's daughter, Felicia Taylor, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) he died Wednesday in Los Angeles.

His breakthrough came in 1960 with "The Time Machine," George Pal's special effects marvel in which Taylor's dogged British inventor transports himself into a future where he witnesses world wars, nuclear annihilation and, finally, the rise of a new society. His other films included Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "The Train Robbers" with John Wayne.

Taylor later voiced Pongo in "101 Dalmatians" and played Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."

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