Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

Biography

Author Profession: Australian Actor
Born: January 11, 1930
Died: January 07, 2015
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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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.

I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night, and it made me see how much she really meant to me.

The fact that I'm going to be unsuccessful at times is pretty well-balanced by the fact that I'm going to be successful at others.

To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling what you feel through yourself as a performer.

In the beginning I had a real work problem. Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration authorities I was the only man for that job and get a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.

When people think it's successful, I'm grateful. When they don't - OK, I'll try again.

I was one of the first of the uglies. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter... were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend. I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.

Anyway, when I was a kid, I dutifully went to the Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College.

I am proud to be an actor.

I pray and try every day to be a better actor.

I worked at Mark Foy's during the day and studied drama at night.

I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad picture and do a small role in a very good picture.

So I went and did an audition and became the biggest radio actor in Sydney, and that's how it all started.

When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter, that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did was get a stinking job in an insurance building.

Apart from being interested in a good role, I think it's necessary to make up your mind as to whether it will make a movie that will entertain an audience all over the world and not just in your own backyard.

Acting doesn't suffice.

Acting is something I love.

Art doesn't feed me or fill the void when I am not working. If I haven't worked for six months, I can't paint.

But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.

Dore Schary was then head of the studio and he wanted to change my name.

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. Emilio Estevez

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