Rod Taylor appeared in two installments of this top-rated CBS dramatic
"The Young Years"
Episode 6.12 (Dec. 22, 1957)
Rod played Sam Tipton in "The Young Years." The show was hosted and narrated
by Ronald Reagan, and the cast included Margaret O'Brien as Sarah Trask. It was adapted from a
story by Yiddish novelist, dramatist and essayist Sholem Asch.
provides this synopsis:
19-year-old Sarah refuses to move into adulthood,
preferring to lose herself in the children's books given to her by the father
who abandoned her. Sam tries to coax her out of her out of her shell, knowing
that equates love with rejection. The shock of her mother's death finally
awakens her from her dream world.
It was a pivotal time for Margaret O'Brien, who had been an
acclaimed child star. She said in an interview in 1957 that TV roles
such as this one had "given me a chance to get out of the awkward
age -- something the movies couldn't do for me. No movie producer
could really afford to take a chance at handing me an adult role."
"Early to Die"
Episode 8.20 (Feb. 7, 1960)
Rod Taylor and Kim Hunter portrayed parents coping with the knowledge that their of an
8-year-old son is dying from leukemia. Donald Losby
portrayed the boy, Scott Grauman.
The drama was based on a
Life magazine story about the
City of Hope
Hospital and tells of the unusual
therapy offered for the children and parents alike.
was an Oscar winner, having received the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actress for her performance as Stella Kowalski in 1951's
"A Streetcar Named Desire."