Rod Taylor was a special guest during the 24th Annual TV Week Logie Awards,
which were held March 12, 1982, at the Hilton Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.
The show was broadcast on the Nine Network and hosted by beloved
Australian TV personality Bert Newton.
Rod was onstage with the other special guests as Newton also
received the top award of the night: the Gold Logie as Most Popular
Male Personality on Australian Television.
The Logies were the first awards for achievements in television
ever to be given in Australia, and they got their start in 1959 as a
gimmick for TV Week magazine. They are named after John Logie Baird,
a Scottish engineer who was a pioneer in the development of
As the Logie Awards grew in stature as a major event in
Australia, the show began to feature special guest stars imported
from Hollywood for an added touch of glamour.
Australian-born Hollywood star Rod Taylor was one such glitzy guest
for the show in 1982. At the time, Rod was in Australia to film "On
the Run" and also was in talks to do two other pictures in his
native land. (Alas, those projects fell through, in part because Rod
had become an American citizen.)
The star-studded roster of special guests during the 1982 Logie
Awards also included Ernest Borgnine (an Oscar winner and two-time
co-star of Rod's), Australia-born singer Olivia Newton-John (riding
high following her hit with "Physical"), international actress and
sex symbol Britt Ekland, actor Robert Urich (star of TV's "Vega$"),
Cindy Williams of "Laverne & Shirley," soap star Genie Francis from
"General Hospital," and the Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno.
Rod in the background as Olivia
Newton-John opens the envelope for the Gold Logie.