The Birds and The Time Machine actor Rod Taylor dies aged 84

The Australian-born actor, who also played Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, has passed away in the US

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Actor Rod Taylor has died aged 84. 

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The Australian-born star, who played Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 suspense classic The Birds, passed away on Wednesday in the US, read reports.

Taylor stepped into the spotlight during the 1960s, making his breakthrough in HG Wells adaptation The Time Machine, and starring in The VIPs, The Glass Bottom Boat, The Dark of the Sun and Young Cassidy. He also voiced Pongo in Disney’s animated 101 Dalmations. 

During a career spanning six decades, Taylor starred alongside Hollywood icons including Richard Burton, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Taylor and Doris Day.

His most recent role was a cameo as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.

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Taylor’s Birds co-star Tippi Hedren paid tribute to the star. “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,” she told People magazine. “He was one of the most fun people I have ever met, thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man.”