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Robert Taylor

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Birth name Spangler Arlington Brugh
Nationality USA
Birth 5 august 1911
Death 8 june 1969 (at 57 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Robert Taylor (August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969) was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time.

Taylor began his career in films in 1934 when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won his first leading role the following year in Magnificent Obsession. His popularity increased during the late 1930s and 1940s with appearances in A Yank at Oxford (1938), Waterloo Bridge (1940), and Bataan (1943). During World War II, he served in the United States Naval Air Corps, where he worked as a flight instructor and appeared in instructional films. From 1959 to 1962, he starred in the ABC series The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. In 1966, he took over hosting duties from his friend Ronald Reagan on the series Death Valley Days.

Taylor was married to actress Barbara Stanwyck from 1939 to 1951. He married actress Ursula Thiess in 1954, and they had two children. A chain smoker, Taylor was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 1968. He died of the disease in June 1969 at the age of 57.


Marriages and children
After three years of dating, Taylor married Barbara Stanwyck on May 14, 1939 in San Diego, California. Zeppo Marx's wife, Marion, was Stanwyck's matron of honor and her godfather, actor Buck Mack, was Taylor's best man. Stanwyck divorced Taylor (reportedly at his request) in February 1951. The couple had no children.

Taylor met German actress Ursula Thiess in 1952. They married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on May 23, 1954. They had two children together, son Terrance (born 1955) and daughter Tessa (born 1959). Taylor was also stepfather to Thiess' two children from her previous marriage, Manuela and Michael Thiess. On May 26, 1969, shortly before Taylor's death from lung cancer, Ursula Thiess found her son Michael's body in a West Los Angeles motel room. He died from what was later determined to be a drug overdose. One month before his death, Michael had been released from a mental hospital. In 1964, he spent a year in a reformatory for attempting to poison his natural father with insecticide.


In February 1944, Taylor helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. In October 1947, Taylor was called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities regarding Communism in Hollywood. He did this reluctantly, regarding the hearings as a "circus" and refusing to appear unless subpoenaed. In his testimony concerning the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), delivered on October 22, 1947, Taylor stated: "It seems to me that at meetings, especially meetings of the general membership of the Guild, there was always a certain group of actors and actresses whose every action would indicate to me that, if they are not Communists, they are working awfully hard to be Communists." Two people already under investigation by the FBI, Karen Morley and Howard Da Silva were mentioned as troublemakers at SAG meetings. Taylor alleged that at meetings of the SAG, Da Silva "always had something to say at the wrong time." Da Silva was blacklisted on Broadway and New York radio, while Morley never worked again after her name surfaced at the hearings. Taylor went on to declare that he would refuse to work with anyone who was even suspected of being a Communist: "I'm afraid it would have to be him or me, because life is too short to be around people who annoy me as much as these fellow-travelers and Communists do". Taylor also labeled screenwriter Lester Cole "reputedly a Communist", while adding, "I would not know personally". In consequence, Cole was sent to prison and was never able to write again under his own name. After the hearings, Taylor's films were banned in Communist Hungary and in Czechoslovakia and Communists called for a boycott his films in France.

In 1952, Taylor starred in the film Above and Beyond, a biopic of Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets. The two men met and found that they had much in common. Both had considered studying medicine, and were avid skeet-shooters and fliers. Taylor learned to fly in the mid-1930s, and served as a United States Navy flying instructor during World War II. His private aircraft was a Twin Beech called "Missy" (his then-wife Stanwyck's nickname) which he used on hunting and fishing trips and to fly to locations for filming.

Taylor owned a 34-room home situated on 112 acres (0.45 km) located in Mandeville Canyon, in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. Dubbed the Robert Taylor Ranch, the property was sold to KROQ-FM founder Ken Roberts in the 1970s. Roberts remodeled the home and put it back on the market in 1990 for $45 million. He later reduced the price $35 million, but the ranch failed to attract a buyer. In 2010, the ranch was seized by New Stream Capital, a hedge fund, after Roberts failed to pay back a high interest loan he took from New Stream Capital.

In November 2012, The Robert Taylor ranch was put up for auction by the trust that owned it. The Ranch was purchased for $12 million by a Chicago buyer in December 2012.

Best films

Quo Vadis (1951)
Ivanhoe (1952)
Knights of the Round Table (1954)
Valley of the Kings (1954)
Johnny Eager (1942)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(31 films)
Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(6 films)
Franz Waxman
Franz Waxman
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Robert Taylor (89 films)

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Trumbo (2015)
, 2h4
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about writers, Political films
Actors Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk
Roles Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating73% 3.6977653.6977653.6977653.6977653.697765
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Long Weekend
Directed by Jamie Blanks
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Robert Taylor, Lara Robinson, Robert Taylor (acteur australien), Roger Ward
Rating51% 2.5514752.5514752.5514752.5514752.551475
Peter and Carla have a wasted marriage and constant friction. Peter buys expensive camping gear and, despite the protests of Carla, insists they travel with their dog Cricket to camp on the isolated Moondah Beach in the North Coast with his friend Luke and his girlfriend during the rainy holiday. Peter stops in a pub at the Eggleston Hotel and leaves a message for Luke with the owner of the pub. When Peter takes what he believes to be shortcut to the beach, he gets lost and the couple spends the night sleeping in their SUV. The next morning, Peter organizes the campsite and their intrusion into and abuse of the natural environment begins. During the two days, the couple's relationship deteriorates while the nature avenges the bad treatment the couple has inflicted upon it.
Rogue (2007)
, 1h32
Directed by Greg McLean
Origin Australie
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Natural horror films
Actors Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington, John Jarratt, Stephen Curry, Mia Wasikowska
Roles Everett Kennedy
Rating62% 3.1017153.1017153.1017153.1017153.101715
While carrying out his research as a travel journalist, cynical American Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) joins a group of tourists on a crocodile watching river cruise in Kakadu National Park of Australia's Northern Territory, led by wildlife researcher Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell). After a run-in with two locals, Neil (Sam Worthington) and Collin (Damien Richardson), the cruise winds to a close and Kate prepares to return the group to base.
Beat Street, 1h45
Directed by Stan Lathan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films
Actors Rae Dawn Chong, Robert Taylor, Saundra Santiago, Guy Davis, Antonia Rey, Mary Alice
Rating65% 3.2514953.2514953.2514953.2514953.251495
Set in the South Bronx, the film follows the lives of a pair of brothers and their group of friends, all of whom are devoted to various elements of early hip hop culture. Kenny Kirkland (Guy Davis) is a budding disc jockey and MC, and his younger brother Lee (Robert Taylor) is a hardcore b-boy who dances with Beat Street Breakers (the New York City Breakers). Kenny's best friends are Ramon (Jon Chardiet), a graffiti artist known by his tag, "Ramo", and Chollie (Leon W. Grant), his self-styled manager/promoter.
Annie (1982)
, 2h6
Directed by John Huston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films
Actors Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder
Roles Armand Duval (archive footage)
Rating65% 3.2992453.2992453.2992453.2992453.299245
In 1933, during The Great Depression, a young orphan named Annie is living in the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City. One night, Annie comforts one of the youngest orphans by singing to her (“Maybe”). The orphanage's cruel and alcoholic supervisor Agatha Hannigan hears the singing, and punishes the orphans by making them clean up the orphanage ("It's the Hard Knock Life"). Later while trying to flee in a laundry truck, Annie rescues a dog being tormented by a group of boys. She names him Sandy after convincing a dogcatcher that he is hers (“Dumb Dog”), and the pair is escorted back to the orphanage. Soon after, Miss Hannigan discovers Sandy and threatens to send him to the sausage factory (“Sandy”). However, Grace Farrell, a secretary to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, arrives, saying that he wants an orphan to stay at his mansion for a week to help his image. Despite Hannigan's objections, Grace picks Annie and allows Sandy to accompany her.
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, 1h33
Directed by James Neilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes, Dolores Sutton, Milton Berle
Roles Mr. Farriday: The 'In' Group
Rating62% 3.148763.148763.148763.148763.14876
The story depicts the rivalry between the conservative Mother Superior (Russell) and the glamorous, progressive young Sister George (Stevens) as they shepherd a busload of Catholic high school girls across America to an interfaith youth rally being held in Santa Barbara, California. As they debate expressions of faith and role of the Church in the tumultuous America of the sixties, they must also contend with the antics of two rebellious, trouble-prone students, Rosabelle (Susan Saint James) and Marvel Anne (Barbara Hunter).
The Day the Hot Line Got Hot, 1h36
Directed by Étienne Périer
Origin Espagne
Genres Comedy
Themes Spy films
Actors Charles Boyer, George Chakiris, Robert Taylor, Marie Dubois, Gerard Tichy, Maurice de Canonge
Roles Anderson
Rating50% 2.5337852.5337852.5337852.5337852.533785
An American and Russian agent find themselves duped by a double agent who works for both of them. Also involved are a naive IBM computer operator, and the telephone operator at the hot-line center in Stockholm.
Return of the Gunfighter, 1h38
Directed by James Neilson
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Robert Taylor, Chad Everett, Ana Martin, John Davis Chandler, Ana Martín, Michael Pate
Roles Ben Wyatt
Rating63% 3.184753.184753.184753.184753.18475
An old gunslinger Ben Wyatt (Taylor) is released from prison after five years. He meets Lee Sutton (Chad Everett), who is on the run for killing a man in a gunfight. Wyatt finds that his close friends the Domingos have been killed. He takes Sutton, who is weak from being wounded in the gunfight, to find Anisa Domingo (Ana Martin), the daughter of Wyatt's slain friends. Wyatt agrees to let Anisa help him find her parent's killers.
The Glass Sphinx
Directed by Luigi Scattini
Genres Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Robert Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Ángel del Pozo, Emad Hamdy, Lidia Biondi
Roles Prof. Karl Nichols
Rating45% 2.271412.271412.271412.271412.27141
Film is about an expedition led by a millionaire (Rober Taylor), going to Egypt to find the priceless Glass Sphinx buried in a tomb. His assistant (Angel del Ponzo) is an expert in Egyptian tombs. Anita Ekberg plays an exotic beauty whom he picks up along the way, and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart plays a mysterious follower of the expedition.
Johnny Tiger, 1h42
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Themes Films about education
Actors Robert Taylor, Geraldine Brooks, Chad Everett, Brenda Scott, Marc Lawrence, Ford Rainey
Roles George Dean
Rating68% 3.402633.402633.402633.402633.40263
A drama about the conflict between traditional and Americanized Seminoles impacted by a dedicated white teacher on their ways of life.
Savage Pampas, 1h52
Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Genres Drama, Adventure, Western
Actors Robert Taylor, Ron Randell, Marc Lawrence, Ty Hardin, Dieter Eppler, Ángel del Pozo
Roles Captain Martín
Rating57% 2.8517652.8517652.8517652.8517652.851765
During the 1870s, a tough Captain of the Argentine Army doggedly battles a band of outlaws composed of a mixture of Indians and Argentine deserters.
A House Is Not a Home, 1h38
Directed by Russell Rouse
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors Shelley Winters, Robert Taylor, Cesar Romero, Ralph Taeger, Kaye Ballard, Broderick Crawford
Roles Frank Costigan
Rating57% 2.854352.854352.854352.854352.85435
Polly Adler is a poor Polish immigrant who works in a sweatshop. She loses her job after she is sexually assaulted by a coworker, for which her boss blames her.
The Night Walker, 1h26
Directed by William Castle
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Hayden Rorke, Rochelle Hudson, Judi Meredith, Lloyd Bochner
Roles Barry Moreland
Rating63% 3.150453.150453.150453.150453.15045
The film chronicles the ordeal of Irene Trent (Stanwyck), who is unhappily married to a blind, pathologically possessive millionaire inventor, Howard Trent (Rorke). Howard and Irene's palatial mansion is packed with an endless assortment of cuckoo clocks, all in perfect synchronization, and Howard tape records all conversations in the house for later reference, hoping to catch Irene plotting an illicit liaison.
Miracle of the White Stallions, 1h33
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about horses, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus, Curd Jürgens, Charles Régnier
Roles Col. Podhajsky
Rating64% 3.240793.240793.240793.240793.24079
In World War II Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky sets out to protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions - purebred snow-white horses with centuries of tradition - from "liberation" by the Soviet Army, and ensure that they are surrendered into safekeeping. It is known that U.S. General George S. Patton is something of a horse fancier and might help, if he sees the stallions perform. The ending is happy; see the Lipizzaner main article for the historical details.