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January 08, 2015

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Greg Cagle

I watched it on Youtube a few weeks ago. I'm a huge Travis McGee fan, and Taylor did all right, better than I expected.

Don Lewis

Dude! For all the "you didn't KNOW that" (or, "REALIZE" that) shit I give people daily/weekly/yearly in real life and online (or, my mind) I honestly had NO CLUE that was him in BASTERDS.I even remember seeing the name, thinking, "Oh, wow, Rod Taylor?" but never piecing it together. Wow.

Oliver_C

Michael Gebert over at Hollywood Elsewhere already said it better than I could:

"In many ways [Taylor's] most influential role was his voice work in 101 Dalmatians, which helped bring an urbane sensibility to Disney that was, along with the rougher drawing style/xerography, a major turning point for that studio."

Peter Nellhaus

Maybe not the most consistent director, but Gordon Douglas shouldn't be overlooked, and "Chuka", also produced by Taylor, is worth seeing.

Bettencourt

Watching THE BIRDS again fairly recently, I was particularly struck by his acting in the scene where he finds Suzanne Pleshette's body. A forgotten moment, but for me one of the most moving in all of Hitchcock's work.

Getting a call from him at my day job (turning down an invitation to a BIRDS screening -- he said something like "I am residing against my will at Cedars-Sinai") was one of the biggest thrills of my office life, second only to when Christopher Lee called.

And until I saw Taylor in the otherwise lamentable WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, I had no idea he was Australian (though to think about it his name sounds incredibly Australian)

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