Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

20th Century-Fox considered him for the astronaut role in 1968's Planet of the Apes (1968) but, perhaps seeking a bigger box office name, gave the part to Charlton Heston.

Father of former CNBC anchor Felicia Taylor.

Father: William Sturt Taylor; Mother: Mona Stewart

Good friend of Tippi Hedren.

His second wife Mary Hilem died in May 2009.

Played Tarzan in an Australian children's radio serial in the early 1950s.

Taylor had completely retired from acting when Quentin Tarantino offered him the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds (2009). At first Taylor declined the part, suggesting that Tarantino should cast Albert Finney (who had played Churchill to great acclaim in The Gathering Storm (2002) (TV)), but eventually the director talked him into it.