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Rod Taylor's height is 5ft 10in (178 cm)

Australian actor best remembered for films such as The Time Machine, Giant, The Birds, The V.I.P.s, The Birds, Raintree Country, Fate is the Hunter, Dark of the Sun, Zabriskie Point and Inglorious Basterd. On his main fansite, there's a quote saying: "In 1960, the pressbook for "The Time Machine" described Rod as a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder". Has said he is '5ft 10'.
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Dave618 says on 30/Mar/15
Sad as well to read of his passing; been a fan for many years. Rob, sorry to hear of your health problem. God bless you, brother.

Taylor admitted in an interview he didn't feel comfortable playing some of the tough guy roles he played because he wasn't that tall, but he was very athletic, and was a boxer in his youth, I believe. RIP Mr. Rod Taylor, an extraordinary human.
Steve says on 23/Jan/15
I was saddened to read about his passing. He was always good in everything he appeared in. I cannot imagine The Time Machine with any other actor in his part.

He did wear lifts in The Time Machine. And in The VIP's. And The Birds.

I therefor conclude he was probably no more than 5'9". He was shorter by about an inch compared to Clif Robertson in Barefoot in the Park. And Robertson was shorter by about an inch than 5'11" Bill Holden in Picnic.

Robertson wore lifts in The Best Man in order not to look too short next to Henry Fonda.
Sam says on 9/Jan/15
Sorry to hear of his passing and sorry that you didn't get to met him, Rob Taylor.

Rob Paul, could you update his credits "Australian actor best remembered for Giant, Raintree Country, The Time Machine, The V.I.P.s, The Birds, Fate is the Hunter, Dark of the Sun, Zabriskie Point and Inglorious Basterds."
Rob Taylor says on 30/Dec/14
I am dying and if I had one wish it would be to meet my favourite actor of all time. I watched Rod in every film he did from when I was little boy. I AM NOW 58. I just love the guy and his acting.
Sam says on 12/Dec/14
He looked like an exact hybrid of Robin Williams and Mel Gibson! Similar in height and build to the young Gibson as well.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
A strong 5'10 is possible, he looked 2-3 inches shorter than Orson Welles in The VIPs.
Dave618 says on 17/Dec/13
Rod is one of my favorite actors. There's something really genuine about his acting. Just watched Cry of the Innocent on youtube and was impressed by his performance. But of course my favorite Taylor performance will always be as Travis McGee in Darker Than Amber.
Get Shorty says on 28/Nov/13
I met Rod Taylor a few times in the 1960s. He was an extremely popular actor. I was five ten and there was no way Rod was taller. I would have put him five nine. He always looked a good height on-screen but in real life he was robust looking and maybe his build made him look only an average height.
Dave618 says on 21/Nov/13
Saw a Youtube video where Rod said he felt insecure back in his heyday because he wasn't tall enough for a lot of the tough guy roles he was starring in. First, 5'9"-5'10" is certainly a decent height. About average, and certainly not short.

Second: how tough you are has nothing to do with height. Tyson was only about 5'10" and he beat the hell out of many a dude who was much bigger than him.
diavolo says on 15/Nov/13
He reportedly wore lifts in The Time Machine. Maybe also in The Birds.
Dave618 says on 4/Oct/13
Joedeckard: Actually Clouse was talking about Rod's co-star in Darker Than Amber, Will Smith. Amber was directed by Clouse. Smith, a tall 6'2" was considered for Dragon but was deemed too tall. Rod called himself 5'10", and I'm taking the man at his word. He looks close to 6'0" in most of his movies, so maybe he had slightly thicker than average heels on his shoes.
jodeckard says on 16/Feb/13
There's no way Rod Taylor was a poxy 5'9" - just watching him in The Birds one can tell he is much taller. And there is this 'He was also reportedly up for the role of Caucasian martial artist Roper in the Bruce Lee vehicle Enter the Dragon (1973). The film was directed by Robert Clouse, who had also directed Taylor in the 1970 film, Darker than Amber. However, Taylor was supposedly deemed too tall for the part, and the role instead went to John Saxon'
little sue says on 4/Aug/12
I used to enjoy reading Frank2's posts. I think he left because a lot used to tell him he was wrong with his heights, especially Micheal Jackson but Frank2 had actually seen and worked with a lot of celebs so always seemed spot on
Dave618 says on 3/Aug/12
Does anybody know why Frank2 doesn't post anymore? He's my favorite poster. He's met an extremely wide range of stars, he tells an entertaing story, and most important of all he tells it like it is. If he says Rod Taylor was about 5'9" barefoot, you can take it to the bank.
Dave618 says on 1/Aug/12
Rod played one of my favorite fictional characters: Travis McGee, who is 6'4" in the series of books by John D. MacDonald. In the books, his best friend is Meyer, a shorter, bearlike man. In the film Darker Than Amber Taylor plays McGee, even though Taylor is 5'9" or so he was absolutely terrific in the role. The funny thing is Theodore Bikel played Meyer, and Bikel is much taller than Rod, 6'1" or so. Hahaha. Rod is awesome. One of my all-time favorite actors of any time period!

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