Alan Taylor

Director
A former history major who switched to film after losing faith in the academic life, Alan Taylor scored critical approval with his first feature, "Palookaville" (1995), about three young men in Jersey City, NJ, mired in ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (28)

Terminator: Genisys 2015 (Movie)

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Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

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Game of Thrones 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Bored to Death 1996 - 2000, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Playboy Club 2011 (Tv Show)

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Boardwalk Empire 2010 (Tv Show)

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Nurse Jackie 2010 (Tv Show)

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Rubicon 2010 (Tv Show)

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In Treatment 2009 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

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Mad Men 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Big Love 2006 (Tv Show)

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Kill the Poor 2006 (Movie)

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Carnivàle 2005 (Tv Show)

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Deadwood 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2005 (Tv Show)

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Rome 2005 (Tv Show)

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Keen Eddie 2004 (Tv Show)

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Sex and the City 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Six Feet Under 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Emperor's New Clothes 2002 (Movie)

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Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Now and Again 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Oz 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Traders 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

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That Burning Question 1991 (Movie)

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Writer (2)

The Emperor's New Clothes 2002 (Movie)

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That Burning Question 1991 (Movie)

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Actor (1)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former history major who switched to film after losing faith in the academic life, Alan Taylor scored critical approval with his first feature, "Palookaville" (1995), about three young men in Jersey City, NJ, mired in great-rich-quick schemes. Made in association with American Playhouse, the film, which won the Kodak Award at the Venice Film Festival, owed its inspiration to short stories by Italian writer Italo Calvini as well as several classic films, notably "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (1958). Taylor demonstrated his helming skills by negotiating the fine line between absurdist deadpan humor and realism, evoking fine performances from his cast. Eschewing showy camerawork and focusing on the story, the director created a film that featured believable characters, working-class men frustrated by their situations and the strong, independent females in their lives.

Relationships

Anna Domino

Sister
Taylor directed music videos featuring Domino

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1990
Received a Tisch scholarship; also placed first in a Mobil film competition with his short "The Burning Question"; studied with Martin Scorsese

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario
Graduated summa cum laude

Columbia University

New York , New York
Received a Presidential Fellowship

Milestones

2007

Directed the pilot episode of the AMC drama series, "Mad Men"; eanred an Emmy (2008) nomination for directing the pilot episode "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

2005

Directed an episode of ABC's "Lost" in the second season

2001

Directed Ian Holm in "The Emperor's New Clothes"; also penned screenplay

1999

Directed several episodes of the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City"

1999

Directed episodes of the NBC political drama, "The West Wing"

1999

Helmed episodes of the critically acclaimed series, "The Sopranos"; including the episode "Kennedy And Heidi" in the final Season, which earned him an Emmy for Directing

1997

Helmed episodes of the HBO prison drama, "Oz"

1995

Feature directorial debut, "Palookaville"; screened at the Venice Film Festival

1993

Directed episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)

1990

Made first short, "The Burning Question" to fulfill requirements of graduation from NYU Film School

Directed music videos, including two featuring his sister Anna Domino

Continued to direct several other HBO primetime shows, such as "Carnivàle", "Deadwood", "Rome" and "Big Love"

Returned to USA at age nine

At age seven, moved with mother and sister to Italy after parents' divorced

Helmed episodes of the Canadian series "Catwalk" and "Traders"

"The Burning Question" was screened at various film festivals, including the New York Film Festival and Sundance

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