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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ Actor, Dead At 84

Rod Taylor, who would have been 85-years-old this Sunday, has died at the age of 84 in his home in Los Angeles, his daughter announced in a statement published on a fan website, Reuters reported.

My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without.

The actor, who is well known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film titled The Birds, had his first leading role in the 1960 film version of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.

After suffering a fall two weeks ago, Taylor finally passed away. No cause of death was given.

Taylor is most well known for co-starring in Hitchcock’s film about a massive bird attack on small coastal town set in Northern California, but these weren’t his only roles, as the late actor appeared in dozens of films, including most recently, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. A movie in which he held a cameo role as the late Winston Churchill.

Rod’s daughter, Felicia Taylor, said that he had died at his home “surrounded by his family and loved ones.”

Tippi Hedren, his co-star in The Birds, expressed her “incredible feelings” as she said the pair were “very, very good friends,” CNN reported.

Rod was a great pal to me … we were very, very good friends […] He was one of the most fun people I have ever met, thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man.

Sunday in New York, The Train Robbers, A Time to Die, Open Season, Raintree County, and Giant are just a handful of movies Rodney Sturt Taylor held roles in.

Bloomberg reported that Taylor was the only child of a steel constructor contractor, William Sturt Taylor, and a writer of plays and children’s books, Mona Stewart Taylor. His inclination to pursue a career in acting came after seeing a Laurence Olivier in a touring production of Richard III.

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