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Rod Taylor Dead: ‘The Birds’ & ‘The Time Machine’ Actor Dies At 84

Thu, January 8, 2015 9:02pm EDT by Chris Rogers 2 Comments
Rod Taylor Dead
Courtesy of Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

So sad. Rod Taylor, the legendary actor who starred in ‘The Time Machine,’ ‘The Birds,’ and the recent ‘Inglourious Basterds’ died on Jan. 7, his daughter confirmed. He was 84 years old.

Hollywood has lost another star. Rod Taylor, who’s been starring in big screen features since 1960’s The Time Machine, died of natural causes on Jan. 7 at the age of 84.

Rod Taylor Dead — ‘The Birds’ & ‘The Time Machine’ Actor Dies At 84

Rod has starred in more than 50 films throughout his illustrious career, but his role in Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds, opposite Tippi Hedren, is most memorable to his fans.

After learning about his death, Tippi released a statement.

“There are so many incredible feelings I have for him. Rod was a great pal to me and a real strength, we were very, very good friends,” Tippi, 84, said, according to PEOPLE. “He was one of the most fun people I have ever met, thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man.”

Rod died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and friends, the magazine claims.

The actor is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carol, and his daughter Felicia Taylor, a former CNN News correspondent, from a previous marriage.

“My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without,” Felicia said in her own statement, according to PEOPLE. “He once said, ‘I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.'”

Our thoughts go out to Rod’s family and friends during this difficult time. His death is truly heartbreaking.

— Chris Rogers