Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood
By Stephen Vagg, 2010
Australian screenwriter and playwright Stephen Vagg has produced a
treasured biography of Rod Taylor.
I'm impressed by Stephen's research and so very
thankful he stuck to this project, which he began so many years ago. He is fair
in his evaluation of Rod's career. He doesn't shy away from the trouble spots in
Rod's life, but he lands very much on the positive side.
Stephen started working on the book as student project -- it was to have been
his dissertation. Over the years, it grew into something greater. After
painstaking research, countless interviews and infinite patience, it was
released in 2010.
Here is some information from the
Before Sam Worthington and Hugh Jackman, before Russell Crowe
and Mel Gibson... there was Rod Taylor.
For over 20 years Rod Taylor was the biggest Australian movie name
in Hollywood. ... At a time when Australians could rarely see or
hear themselves on screen, Rod Taylor helped keep his country in the
public eye, and paved the way for the Aussie actors who followed
"Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood" is the first full-length
biography of this pioneering Australian film star. It's the
thrilling story of a working-class Sydney boy who went to Hollywood,
took on the Americans at their own game on their own turf in one of
the toughest industries there is - and won.