Another Childhood Hero Leaves
When I was a kid I wanted to be Rod Taylor. He had a square jaw, a chin-dimple, twinkling eyes, wide shoulders, an Australian accent and a sense of fun about him, and he was therefore far more interesting than Hollywood heroes, most of whom I had no way of relating to. I score a 3 or possibly a 2 in the 6 Degrees of Separation game with Mr Taylor, having worked with Melanie Griffiths (utterly lovely) and having her mum Tippi Hedren star in a film version of one of my stories. Tenuous, I know, but when you admire someone you’ll seize on such a link with pride.
He was in ‘The VIPs’ and ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ and ooh, ooh, please Miss I know – ‘The Mercenaries’ with Kenneth More and Yvette Mimeux and Jim Brown, which I love for its Jacques Loussier score (the poster is from the wonderful Frank McGrath – see columns passim) , and he was hilarious in the underrated ‘Welcome To Woop-Woop’, and he was in ‘Zabriskie Point’ and loads of other movies, and always played characters with names like Travis McGee and Scobie Malone, who were two-fisted but intelligent, and he was one of the coolest dudes on earth.
He had a nice long life and loved his family and movies. And now he’s gone. Bugger.