Rod Taylor on left, Bruce Taylor on right
Roderick Taylor is an artist with notable accomplishments in literature, music, film and television. He holds an MA from Stanford University where he was a Stegner Fellow in poetry and later taught creative writing there. Taylor is also a Woodrow Wilson fellow and widely published award winning poet (American Academy of Poets Prize) whose first collection, Florida East Coast Champion, was published by Rolling Stone Press to wide critical acclaim. Renowned English poet and critic Thom Gunn of Berkeley wrote, "Rod Taylor is simply the best poet to turn up in the last fifteen years...." Publisher's Weekly proclaimed, "This is a man who writes like an angel." And National Book Award winning poet, novelist and critic James Dickey (Deliverance) enthusiastically endorsed Rod's work commenting that "Taylor is going to be the salvation of all of us in American Poetry. I will read anything he writes with that growing excitement one is privileged to feel only in the presence of genuine talent." Taylor has given readings of his work at many universities and colleges including Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, San Francisco State, Harvard, NYU, University of Florida, University of Mo., University of Texas and many others.
While still at Stanford Taylor moonlighted as a singer in a rock band, becoming a prolific songwriter as well, and writing material for several well known Bay Area rock bands. As his music gained recognition Rod became the object of a bidding war between Columbia's Clive Davis and the legendary David Geffen, with whom he signed his first record contract, thus beginning a music career that produced seven albums, principally under the name Roderick Falconer, as he was first known in the U.K. Collaborating with some of the top talent in the world of rock, Rod's peak musical output spanned more than two decades, continuing well into the period of his immersion in the motion picture and television industry. Many of Taylor's songs have been covered by other artists such as Tricia Yearwood, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt and other well known artists in the U.S. and Europe. In recent years much of Rod's musical contribution has been in the area of film and television as both a composer and recording artist. Most recently Rod performed his music on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers television series, Witchblade. His recordings are currently available on iTunes and most other leading internet music sites.
In television and film Taylor has written and produced in a wide array of genres, creating network series and writing both independent and studio feature films and television movies. He has developed series pilots and movies for Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Spelling Entertainment, Viacom, CBS, NBC, ABC, UPN, HBO, Showtime, MTV, and VH 1. Taylor's first studio picture was the highly regarded Michael Douglas film The Star Chamber for Twentieth Century Fox. He also wrote the Colin Farrell feature, American Outlaws for Warner Brothers (2002). With his son Bruce Taylor, he co-wrote the original screenplay for The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. This compelling and controversial drama topped the U.S. box office as the #1 grossing motion picture in September of 2007. A complete list of his extensive film and television credits is available at IMDb.com.
Roderick Taylor is the recipient of numerous motion picture and television awards, including a "Golden Spur Award" from the WWA for his television film, Wild Horses, two Crystal Reel "Best Director" Awards for his work in both drama and comedy on the Viacom series, SuperForce. In 1995 Taylor was awarded a prestigious Genesis Award from the Ark Trust Foundation for his work as executive producer and writer of MTV's critically acclaimed series, Dead at 21. That same year the series was nominated by the Cable Ace Awards as Best Series. In 2001 Rod and Bruce received a Prism Award Commendation for their work as writers / executive producers on the VH 1 original movie At Any Cost, starring James Franco. Taylor also wrote and produced all the songs for this original film about the lives and loves of two young brothers in a rock band on the road to stardom, and untimely death (soundtrack album on Reprise Records.)
Currently Roderick and Bruce Taylor are writing and executive producing a biopic on the life of actor Steve McQueen. McQueen will be a major motion picture and will be in pre-production in 2012.
Also currently in pre-production is The Surrogate, a psychological thriller written by Roderick and Bruce Taylor for Fox Studios. Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, True Lies) is set to direct.
Taylor and his son Bruce recently completed a screenplay for Warner Brothers - a NASCAR project for John Wells Productions titled SPEEDWAY - as well as a rewrite of a screenplay titled HERZL'S JOURNEY being produced by Billy Dietrich, Sir Bernard Zissman and Jeff Morrow with Peter Medak to direct in Budapest in the fall of 2012.