Stars you may not know passed away

Rod Taylor

Younger fans may not recognize Rod Taylor, but his legacy in Hollywood is undeniable. His most famous role came in 1963, when he was cast in the memorable starring role of the Hitchcock thriller The Birds. Rod Taylor appeared in more than 30 movies during the ’60s and ’70s, including The Time Machine, Do Not Disturb, and Nobody Runs Forever.

In 2009, Rod Taylor played Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He was 78 at the time, and it was to be his final role. Rod Taylor died of unknown causes on January 7, 2015, just four days before his 85th birthday. CNN reported that he died in his home, surrounded by friends and family.