Rod Taylor Net Worth

Rod Taylor Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Rod Taylor net worth is
$5 Million

Rod Taylor Wiki Biography

Rodney Sturt Taylor was born on 11 January 1930, in Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia. He was an actor, best known for appearing in numerous films such as “The Time Machine”, “The Birds”, and “Darker than Amber”. He’s also known for his final appearance in the 2009 film “Inglorious Basterds”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2015.

How rich was Rod Taylor? As of late-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. Aside from films, he did stage and radio work, and also appeared in numerous television shows, with all of these achievements ensuring the position of his wealth.
Rod attended Parramatta High School and after matriculating, went to East Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College. He mainly worked as a commercial artist before deciding that he wanted to pursue a career as an actor.

Rod Taylor Net Worth $5 million

He began appearing in various stage productions and radio shows, but he still needed to support his acting career with other jobs, so he worked at a department store, mainly as a designer and painter. In 1951, he had a part in the filmed documentary re-enactment of his great-great grand uncle explorer Charles Sturt’s exploration of the Murray River, and then in1954 he made his film debut in “King of the Coral Sea” which led to “Long John Silver”. In the same year he was then awarded the 1954 Rola Show Australian Radio Actor of the Year Award. Afterwards, he would land several television roles, and he also continued to appear in films such as “Giant” and “Hell on Frisco Bay”. His career on Hollywood was starting to flourish and it helped increase his net worth considerably. He was then given a contract at MGM after an impressive screen test for the film “Somebody Up There Likes Me”. He would appear in numerous supporting roles, and was then cast in “Separate Tables” which would gain several awards.

In 1960, Taylor had his first lead role in “The Time Machine”, based on the book by HG Wells. This would lead to the series “Hong Kong”, and his net worth was starting to increase dramatically. He then worked on the animated feature “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” before starring in the thriller “The Birds”. Over the next few years, he made a lot of films that were mostly under MGM; some of the projects he became a part of include “The V.I.P.s”, “Young Cassidy”, and “The Liquidator”. In the late 1960s, he was asked to do more tough-guy roles, changing his image as seen in “Chuka” and “Dark of the Sun”.

In the 1970s, he continued appearing in television shows and films. He starred in “Bearcats!” and also had a regular role in “Masquerade”. In 1988, he appeared in “Falcon Crest”, and would then guest star in “Murder, She Wrote” during the mid-1990s. During this time he would also return to Australia to work on several projects. Later in his life he moved into semi-retirement, but still had a few roles here and there. He made a cameo appearance in “Inglorious Basterds” in 2009, playing Winston Churchill.

For his personal life, it is known that Rod was married three times, firstly to Peggy Williams from 1951 to 1954, then to model Mary Hilem (1963-69) – their daughter is CNN reporter Felicia Taylor. Rod’s final marriage was to Carol Kikumura in 1980, who was with him until, in January 2015, Taylor had a heart attack just a few days away from his 85th birthday, and passed away in Los Angeles, California.

Full NameRod Taylor
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 11, 1930
DiedJanuary 7, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthLidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.8 m
EducationParramatta High School
SpouseCarol Kikumura (m. 1980–2015), Mary Hilem (m. 1963–1969), Peggy Williams (m. 1951–1954)
ChildrenFelicia Taylor
ParentsWilliam Sturt Taylor, Mona Thompson
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Phoenix Film Critics Society A...
MoviesThe Birds, The Time Machine, Inglourious Basterds, Dark of the Sun, Sunday in New York, Young Cassidy, The Glass Bottom Boat, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Train Robbers, Do Not Disturb, Zabriskie Point, The Catered Affair, Chuka, The V.I.P.s, 36 Hours, Separate Tables, Raintree County, Darker...
TV ShowsFalcon Crest, Outlaws, Masquerade, Bearcats!, Hong Kong, The Oregon Trail, The Ordeal of Dr. Shannon
1Virile, adventurous characters.
1"Pretending to still be the tough man of action isn't dignified for me any more. There comes a time when you're over the hill and there are plenty of great looking younger actors who can take your place. The action stars of today are making some wonderful films. There are no 'I could do it better' feelings in me. The younger they come, the better they get. That's why Olympic records are broken." (from a 1987 interview)
1He was once engaged to Anita Ekberg, who died four days after him.
2He was considered to star with John Wayne in Rio Bravo (1959), Circus World (1964) and The War Wagon (1967), before he finally got to work with Wayne in The Train Robbers (1973).
3Rod Taylor fell down about two weeks before his death and was hospitalized. He returned home, and he subsequently had a heart attack and died in his bed at his home in Beverly Hills, CA, surrounded by his family and friends.
4Is one of two actors to appear in movies, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino. Bruce Dern is the other.
5He was considered for the role of Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes (1968) before Charlton Heston was cast.
6Ran his own TV production company, Rodlor Inc..
7Briefly pursued a career as a painter before turning to acting.
8His father was a steel-construction contractor and draftsman, and his mother, a children's book author.
9He originally planned to become an artist, and as a teenager he studied at the East Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College. He became interested in acting. He saw Laurence Olivier in "Richard III" on an Old Vic tour, and this inspired him to become an actor.
10Was originally considered for the role of Roper in Enter the Dragon (1973) but was thought to be too tall, compared to the actor he'd be sharing many action scenes with, Bruce Lee -- the part eventually played by John Saxon.
11Taylor had completely retired from acting when Quentin Tarantino offered him the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds (2009). At first Taylor declined the part, suggesting that Tarantino should cast Albert Finney (who had played Churchill to great acclaim in The Gathering Storm (2002)), but eventually the director talked him into it.
12His second wife, Mary Beth Hilem, died on March 7, 2009.
13Attended East Sydney Art College.
14Played Tarzan in an Australian children's radio serial in the early 1950s.
1520th Century-Fox considered him for the astronaut role in 1968's Planet of the Apes (1968) but, perhaps seeking a bigger box office name, gave the part to Charlton Heston.
16Father of Felicia Taylor with his second wife, Mary.
17Father: William Sturt Taylor; Mother: Mona Stewart


Top Gun1955Lem Sutter
Cheyenne1955TV SeriesClancy
The Virgin Queen1955Cpl. Gwilym (uncredited)
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesMr. Gilbert
Studio 571955TV SeriesDr. Don Dolby / Tommy Scarbrough
Long John Silver1954Israel Hands (as Rodney Taylor)
King of the Coral Sea1954Jack Janiero
Inland with Sturt1951ShortGeorge McLeay
Inglourious Basterds2009Winston Churchill
Walker, Texas Ranger1996-2000TV SeriesGordon Cahill
The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy1998TV MovieGeneral Sorenson
Welcome to Woop Woop1997Daddy-O
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesPete Merriwell
The Point of Betrayal1995Ted Kitteridge
Murder, She Wrote1995TV SeriesInspector Rory Lanahan / Tom Dempsey
Open Season1995Billy Patrick
Grass Roots1992TV MovieGen. Willoughby
Palomino1991TV MovieBill King
Masquerade1990TV MovieLavender
Falcon Crest1988-1990TV SeriesFrank Agretti
Mask of Murder1988Supt. Bob McLaine
Outlaws1986-1987TV SeriesSheriff Jonathan Grail
Marbella, un golpe de cinco estrellas1985Commander
Masquerade1983-1984TV SeriesMr. Lavender / Lavender
On the Run1983Mr. Payatta
Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story1982TV MovieEdward Adeane
A Time to Die1982Jack Bailey
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy1981TV Movie'Black Jack' Bouvier
Hellinger's Law1981TV MovieClint Tolliver
Cry of the Innocent1980TV MovieSteve Donegin
Tales of the Unexpected1980TV SeriesPaul Duveen
Jamaican Gold1979Marian Casey
The Picture Show Man1977Palmer
Gulliver's Travels1977Reldresal / King of Blefuscu (voice, uncredited)
The Oregon Trail1976-1977TV SeriesEvan Thorpe
Vortex1976Christopher Tauling
A Matter of Wife... and Death1975TV MovieShamus McCoy
Partizani1974TV Mini-SeriesMarko
The Deadly Trackers1973Frank Brand
Trader Horn1973Trader Horn
Gli eroi1973Lieutenant Bob Robson
The Train Robbers1973Grady
Family Flight1972TV MovieJason Carlyle
Bearcats!1971TV SeriesHank Brackett
The Man Who Had Power Over Women1970Peter Reaney
Darker Than Amber1970Travis McGee
Zabriskie Point1970Lee Allen
The Hell with Heroes1968Brynie MacKay
Nobody Runs Forever1968Scobie Malone
Dark of the Sun1968Curry
Hotel1967Peter McDermott
The Glass Bottom Boat1966Bruce Templeton
Do Not Disturb1965Mike Harper
The Liquidator1965Boysie Oakes
Young Cassidy1965John Cassidy
36 Hours1964Maj. Walter Gerber
Fate Is the Hunter1964Capt. Jack Savage
Sunday in New York1963Mike Mitchell
A Gathering of Eagles1963Col. Hollis Farr
The V.I.P.s1963Les Mangrum
The Birds1963Mitch Brenner
ITV Television Playhouse1963TV SeriesRobert Shannon
Seven Seas to Calais1962Sir Francis Drake
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesRobert Shannon
Dateline: San Francisco1962TV MovieGlenn Evans
Bus Stop1961TV SeriesJohnny Jones
Hong Kong1960-1961TV SeriesGlenn Evans
101 Dalmatians1961Pongo (voice)
Colossus and the Amazon Queen1960Pirro
The Time Machine1960H. George Wells
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1960TV SeriesBob Carter
General Electric Theater1957-1960TV SeriesSam Tipton
Alcoa Theatre1960TV SeriesAlan Ballister
Goodyear Theatre1960TV SeriesAlan Ballister
Zane Grey Theater1960TV SeriesJed Harper
The Twilight Zone1959TV SeriesLieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
Playhouse 901958-1959TV SeriesJoey / Bob Castillo / Lt. Warren Culver / ...
Ask Any Girl1959Ross Tayford
Separate Tables1958Charles
Lux Playhouse1958TV SeriesLee
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesAnthony, the Queen's son
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV Series
Step Down to Terror1958Mike Randall
Suspicion1957TV SeriesJim
Raintree County1957Garwood B. Jones
The Rack1956Al (uncredited)
Giant1956Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
The Catered Affair1956Ralph Halloran
World Without End1956Herbert Ellis
Hell on Frisco Bay1955John Brodie Evans (as Rodney Taylor)

Music Department

The Oregon Trail1977TV Series composer - 3 episodes


Il barone1995TV Mini-Series
Jamaican Gold1979writer




Fate Is the Hunter1964performer: "Blue Moon" - uncredited


Edición Especial Coleccionista2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Rod Taylor: Return to Oz2005Video special thanks
All About 'The Birds'2000Video documentary special thanks


Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches2016DocumentaryHimself
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!2008DocumentaryHimself
Rod Taylor: Return to Oz2005VideoHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentary
All About 'The Birds'2000Video documentaryHimself
Gottschalk Late Night1994TV SeriesHimself
Time Machine: The Journey Back1993Video documentaryHimself - Host / Narrator / H. George Wells
The Late Show1986TV SeriesHimself
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal1985DocumentaryHimself
The 24th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHimself
US Against the World1977TV MovieHimself
This Is Your Life1975TV SeriesHimself
The Wayne Train1973TV Short documentaryHimself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHimself
Every Girl's Dream1966Documentary shortHimself, wardrobe shot
Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland1965ShortHimself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a TV Series
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Operation Raintree1957Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
Into the Shadows2009DocumentaryHimself
John Wayne: Working with a Western Legend2005Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryHimself / Garwood B. Jones
The Celluloid Heroes1995TV MovieHimself
Falcon Crest1988TV SeriesFrank Agretti
Disney's Halloween Treat1982VideoPongo
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortCurry (uncredited)

Won Awards

2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleInglourious Basterds (2009)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastInglourious Basterds (2009)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureInglourious Basterds (2009)
2009PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleInglourious Basterds (2009)
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceInglourious Basterds (2009)

Nominated Awards

1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsAction PerformanceThe Mercenaries (1968)
1963Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality5th place.

Known for movies

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