'The Birds' Star Rod Taylor Dies at 84 But Leaves Behind an Impressive Body of Work

It's a sad day for Hollywood: Rod Taylor, star of Hitchcock's The Birds , died at the age of 85 according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor was just two days away from turning 85. According to the report, Taylor died at his home in Los Angeles — this coming from a statement given by his daughter Felicia.

Most recently known for his work as President Churchill in Inglorious Basterds, the long time actor also starred in over 50 films. These titles include: The Time Machine, The Train Robbers, The Catered Affair and dozens more. He even voiced Pongo in Disney's beloved animated flick 101 Dalmatians.

Tippi Hedren, his co-star in The Birds, said of the late actor:

"There are so many incredible feelings I have for him. Rod was a great pal to me and a real strength, we were very, very good friends," Hedren said in a statement. "He was one of the most fun people I have ever met, thoughtful and classy, there was everything good in that man."

Taylor's daughter Felecia echoed his co-stars claims, saying:

My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without. He once said, 'I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist," she continued, " 'so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.'

Rest in peace, Mr. Taylor.

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