'The Birds' star Rod Taylor dead at 84

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'The Birds' Actor Rod Taylor Dead at 84

Actor Rod Taylor, star of The Birds, passed away Wednesday at 84.

An Australian actor who transitioned into a Hollywood leading man with his breakthrough role in the 1960 sci-fi thriller The Time Machine, Taylor's career spanned nearly six decades.

He is perhaps best known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic The Birds, as well as celebrated performances in Seven Seas to Calais, Sunday In New York, and Young Cassidy.

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Taylor's most recent appearance was a cameo in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 war film Inglorious Basterds playing Winston Churchill.

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7/6/99 Beverly Hills, CA. Actor, Rod Taylor ('Giant' & 'The Birds') spotted outside Spago restaurant. Photo by James Peterson/Online USA, Inc.
1963: Promotional headshot portrait of Australian-born actor Rod Taylor, smiling, for director Alfred Hitchcock's film, 'The Birds'. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
Rod Taylor stares out a window in a scene from the film 'The Birds', 1963. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
'The Birds' starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and 'Tippi' Hedren a 1963 suspense/horror film. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)
Actor Rod Taylor and wife arriving at the home of actor George Hamilton for a birthday party in honor of Lynda Bird Johnson, March 18, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California. (AP Photo)
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THE BIRDS 1963 Universal Pictures film with Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor
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Taylor died Wednesday night after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles home, according to his daughter, former CNBC anchor Felicia Taylor, who confirmed her father's passing to CNN.

"My dad loved his work," she said in a statement to People. "Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn't live without." Taylor is survived by his wife Carol Kikumura, and his daughter Felicia.

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