Robert Taylor

Actor
Dependable, clean-cut star who was signed by MGM while still in school, and spent most of his subsequent career with the company. Boyishly handsome, with a "perfect profile," Taylor highlighted many a light romance and ... Read more »
Born: 08/04/1911 in Finlley, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Death Valley Days 1952 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Spinx 1967 (Movie)

Professor Karl Nichols (Actor)

Johnny Tiger 1965 (Movie)

Dean (Actor)

The Night Walker 1965 (Movie)

Barry Morland (Actor)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

Frank Costigan (Actor)

Miracle of the White Stallions 1963 (Movie)

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The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Sam Brassfield (Actor)

The Detectives 1959 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Killers of Kilimanjaro 1960 (Movie)

Robert Adamson (Actor)

Party Girl 1958 (Movie)

Thomas Farrell (Actor)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

Steve Sinclair (Actor)

The Hangman 1958 (Movie)

MacKenzie Bovard (Actor)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

Jake Wade (Actor)

D-Day the Sixth of June 1956 (Movie)

Brad Parker (Actor)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

Charles Gilson (Actor)

The Power and the Prize 1956 (Movie)

Cliff Barton (Actor)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Bushrod Gentry (Actor)

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

Quentin Durward (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Christopher Kelvaney (Actor)

Valley of the Kings 1954 (Movie)

Mark Brandon (Actor)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

Joel Shore (Actor)

I Love Melvin 1953 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

Lancelot (Actor)

Ride, Vaquero 1953 (Movie)

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Quo Vadis 1951 (Movie)

Marcus Vinicius (Actor)

Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

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Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)

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Camille 1936 (Movie)

Armand Duval (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 (Movie)

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The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

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A Yank at Oxford (Movie)

Lee Sheridan (Actor)

Above and Beyond (Movie)

Col. Paul Tibbets (Actor)

Bataan (Movie)

Sgt. Bill Dane (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1938 (Movie)

Steve Raleigh (Actor)

Conspirator (Movie)

Maj. Michael Curragh (Actor)

Devil's Doorway (Movie)

Lance Poole (Actor)

Escape (Movie)

Mark Preysing (Actor)

Flight Command (Movie)

Ensign Alan Drake (Actor)

Handy Andy (Movie)

Lloyd Burmeister (Actor)

His Brother's Wife (Movie)

Chris Claybourne (Actor)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Ivanhoe (Actor)

Johnny Eager (Movie)

Johnny Eager (Actor)

Lady of the Tropics (Movie)

Bill Carey (Actor)

Lucky Night (Movie)

Bill Overton (Actor)

Murder in the Fleet (Movie)

Lt. Tom Randolph (Actor)

Personal Property (Movie)

Raymond Dabney (Actor)

Private Number (Movie)

Richard Winfield (Actor)

Remember (Movie)

Jeff Holland (Actor)

Return of the Gunfighter (TV Show)

Actor

Song of Russia (Movie)

John Meredith (Actor)

Stand By for Action (Movie)

Lt. Gregg Masterman (Actor)

The Bribe (Movie)

Rigby (Actor)

The Cardboard Lover (Movie)

Terry Trindale (Actor)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

Tommy "Killer" McCoy (Actor)

The Secret Land (Movie)

Co-Narrator (Voice)

The Youngest Profession (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

This is My Affair (Movie)

Lt. Richard L. Perry (Actor)

Waterloo Bridge (Movie)

Capt. Roy Cronin (Actor)

West Point of the Air (Movie)

Jaskerelli (Actor)

Biography

Dependable, clean-cut star who was signed by MGM while still in school, and spent most of his subsequent career with the company. Boyishly handsome, with a "perfect profile," Taylor highlighted many a light romance and was immensely popular for years after starring in "Magnificent Obsession" (1935). He eventually grew out of his pretty-boy good looks, became a solid, gritty performer, and made up for any lack of talent with a much-noted professionalism in a succession of epics ("Ivanhoe" 1951 "Knights of the Round Table" 1953) and Westerns ("The Hangman" 1959, "Cattle King" 1963) that punctuated his mature screen work. Married to Barbara Stanwyck from 1939 to 1951.

Relationships

Spangler Brugh

Father

Ruth Brugh

Mother
was ill with heart condition for most of her life

Ava Gardner Actor

Companion
had four-month romantic relationship during filming of "The Bribe" (1949)

Barbara Stanwyck Actor

Wife
married on May 14, 1939 divorced in 1951

Theresa Taylor

Daughter
born in 1959 mother, Ursula Thiess

Terrence Taylor

Son
born in 1955 mother, Ursula Thiess

Ursula Thiess Actor

Wife
married from May 24, 1954 until his death in 1969 Born on May 15, 1924 had been previously married to producer George Thiess, with whom she had two children

EDUCATION

Neely Dixon Dramatic School

Pomona College

Pomona , California 1933

Doane College

Crete , Nebraska 1929

Milestones

1968

Final films, "The Glass Sphinx", "Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows" and "The Day the Hotline Got Hot"

1967

Appeared in the made-for-television movie "Return of the Gunfighter" (ABC)

1964

Reteamed with former wife Stanwyck for the William Castle-directed horror flick "The Night Walker"

1959

Starred in first TV series "The Detectives" (ABC)

1959

Had title role in Michael Curtiz's Western "The Hangman"

1958

Final film under his MGM contract, "Party Girl", helmed by Nicholas Ray

1955

Last film with Eleanor Parker, "Many Rivers to Cross"

1953

Delivered one of his best performances in "Above and Beyond", playing a pilot assigned to drop an atomic bomb; first of three films with Eleanor Parker

1952

Replaced Stewart Grainger in the title role of "Ivanhoe"

1951

Co-starred with Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov and Leo Genn in "Quo Vadis?"

1947

Testified before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)

1946

Returned to films in "Undercurrent" opposite Katharine Hepburn

1942

Enlisted in the Naval Air Corps; commissioned as a lieutenant but was deemed to old for active service; became a flying instructor

1941

Played a ruthless underworld figure in "Johnny Eager"; reportedly fell in love with co-star Lana Turner although according to Turner, they did not consummate their relationship

1940

Reteamed with Vivien Leigh for "Waterloo Bridge"

1937

Starred opposite Greta Garbo in "Camille"

1937

Had title role in "A Yank at Oxford"; first film with Vivien Leigh

1936

First picture with Barbara Stanwyck, "His Brother's Wife"

1935

Breakthrough screen role in "Society Doctor"

1935

Co-starred with Irene Dunne in "The Magnificent Obsession" for Universal

1935

Made singing debut in "Broadway Melody of 1936"

1934

First MGM film, "A Wicked Woman"

1934

Film debut on loan out to Fox in "Handy Andy"

1932

During senior year of college was spotted by MGM talent scout but declined offer to study further

Screen tested for Samuel Goldwyn; did not receive contract offer

Raised in Beatrice, Nebraska

Tested at MGM; signed to seven-year contract and rechristened 'Robert Taylor'

Hosted the syndicated Western "Death Valley Days"

Bonus Trivia

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The Robert Taylor Building on the old MGM lot was renamed the George Cukor Building in the early 1990s because of Taylor's appearance before HUAC.

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"It's as if we were never married," --Taylor's comment about reteaming with ex-wife Barbara Stanwyck in 1965's "The Night Walker"

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