Rod Taylor: The Aussie Actor Who Hit It Big in ‘The Birds’

You might remember Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner, the handsome, stolid lawyer who, despite being something of a mama’s boy, summons up the courage and presence of mind to repeatedly rescue young socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) from flocks of inexplicably murderous avians in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror-suspense classic, The Birds. Taylor, who died Jan. 7 at age 84 in Los Angeles, was one of the first Australian-born actors to make it big in Hollywood, following in the footsteps of …

The Best D-Day Movie You Never Saw

Seventy years ago, 150,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at Normandy. Within hours they had secured a beachhead, and 11 months later Hitler’s Third Reich was in ashes. The largest military operation in history has naturally inspired lots of movies – some classic, some less so. The current edition of AARP The Magazine offers a good list of D-Day movies. It’s headed, of course, by Daryl Zanuck’s 1962 mega-production, The Longest Day. No D-Day movie list I’ve ever seen, though, includes …