From Down Under to Hollywood : Rod Taylor, In the Footsteps of Flynn

09 Jan

In Remembrance of the Great Rod Taylor: After Errol, the First Big Hollywood Star from Australia.


Quoting Rod Taylor Regarding His Romance with Anita Ekberg (Who is Also Said to Have Dated Errol):

“It was Like An Errol Flynn Movie Everyday”… (See No. 7)

USA San Francisco Anita Ekberg and Rod Taylor…

— Tim


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  1. David DeWitt

    January 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for this post, Gent! Rod Taylor was a personal favorite of mine. I’m very sad that I never contacted him before his passing when I could have done it so easily. I’m glad I grew up and saw his movies when he was on every movie screen. The Time Machine was an an anchor film to me growing up. Would have been nice to thank him for his many wonderful performances …


    January 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    TCM/NA will have a Rod Taylor retrospective on 1/29/15 starting @ 8:00pm EST. “The Time Machine” was one of my favorite sci-fi films. RIP: Rod Taylor!–A. R.

    • David DeWitt

      January 10, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      I’ll be watching!


        January 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

        Yes, they will showing some of his best performances, unfortunately they won’t be showing “Dark of the Sun” which was directed by our friend, Jack Cardiff and which I believe is one of his best adventure films.–A. R.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    January 11, 2015 at 4:02 am

    He was great. Perfect in Time Machine. “Vastly unappreciated” though:…

    I wonder how much influence Flynn had on him? This photo suggests a great deal:


    btw, he also evidently descended from a family of explorers, and was reputed to be rather pugilistically adept, not unlike Our Man Flynn.


    January 12, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Here is an amazing coincidence; actress Anita Ekberg has also just passed away and has joined one-time love Rod Taylor in the hereafter!–A. R.

    • David DeWitt

      January 12, 2015 at 4:21 am

      If you believe in this sort of thing, celebrities in Hollywood die three at a time … Has happened over and over again. We’ll see …

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 12, 2015 at 5:20 am

      Amazing. She was just in two of our posts – here and one on Errol’s Most Beautiful Girlfriends. Miss Sweden.

      Article mentioning Errol and a great clip from La Dolce Vita:…

      At the Golden Globes:


      • shangheinz

        January 15, 2015 at 11:47 am


        Great comment, Gent! She was a surreal beauty, dubbed “Scandic Vulcano” by Italian industralist Gianni Agnelli. And as we know, she also was Baron Sepy`s inspiration for his golden statuettes. She truely was worth her weight in gold- an ounce for every pound!

        • Gentleman Tim

          January 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm

          Yes, playboyheinz. A.E. was truly a statuesque beauty and Sepy was truly “the barer of good nudes”.