Robert Taylor (actor)


Robert Taylor (actor)

Infobox Actor
bgcolour = silver
name = Robert Taylor



imagesize = 220px
caption = from the trailer for
"Waterloo Bridge" (1940)
birthname = Spangler Arlington Brugh
birthdate = birth date|1911|8|5|mf=y
birthplace = Filley, Nebraska
deathdate = death date and age |1969|6|8|1911|8|5
deathplace = Santa Monica, California
spouse = Barbara Stanwyck (1939-1951)
Ursula Thiess (1954-1969)

Robert Taylor (August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969) was an American actor.

Early life

Born Spangler Arlington Brugh in Filley, Nebraska, he was the son of Ruth Adaline (née Stanhope) and Spangler Andrew Brugh, who was a farmer turned doctor. [ [http://www.filmsofthegoldenage.com/foga/1999/summer99/roberttaylor.shtml FGA - Robert Taylor ] ] [cite book |last= Wayne |first=Jane Ellen |title= "The Leading Men of MGM"|isbn= 0-7867-1475-1 |pages=165] As a teenager, he was a track star and played the cello in his high school orchestra. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Doane College to study music. [http://www.filmreference.com/Actors-and-Actresses-Str-Us/Taylor-Robert.html Robert Taylor] ] cite web |url=http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:113772~T1 |title= Robert Taylor Biography |accessdate=2008-02-04 |author=Erikson, Hal]

While at Doane, he took cello lessons from Professor E. Gray, a man whom he admired and idolized. After Professor Gray announced he was accepting a new position at Pomona College in Los Angeles, Brugh moved to California and enrolled at Pomona. [cite book |last= Wayne |first=Jane Ellen |title= "The Leading Men of MGM"|isbn= 0-7867-1475-1 |pages=166] He joined the campus theater group and was eventually spotted by a MGM talent scout in 1932 after production of "Journey's End".cite web |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419201195 |title= Robert Taylor, St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture |accessdate=2008-02-04 |author=Griffith, Benjamin]

Career

After signing a seven-year contract with MGM for $35 a week, Brugh's name was changed to Robert Taylor. [cite book |last= Wayne |first=Jane Ellen |title= "The Leading Men of MGM"|isbn= 0-7867-1475-1 |pages=167] He made his film debut in the 1934 comedy, "Handy Andy", opposite Will Rogers (on a loan-out to 20th Century Fox). After appearing in a few small roles, he appeared in one of his first leading roles in "Magnificent Obsession", with Irene Dunne. This was followed by "Camille", opposite Greta Garbo.

Throughout the late 1930s, Taylor appeared in films of varying genres including the musicals "Broadway Melody of 1936" and "Broadway Melody of 1938", and the British comedy "A Yank at Oxford" with Vivien Leigh. In 1940, he reteamed with his "A Yank at Oxford" co-star Vivien Leigh in Mervyn LeRoy's drama "Waterloo Bridge". In 1941, Taylor began breaking away from his perfect leading man image and began appearing in darker roles. That year he portrayed Billy Bonney (better known as Billy the Kid) in "Billy the Kid". The next year, he played the title role in the film noir "Johnny Eager" opposite Lana Turner. In 1943, Taylor contributed to the war effort by becoming a flying instructor in Naval Air Corps. During this time, he also starred in instructional films and narrated the 1944 documentary "The Fighting Lady".

In 1950, Taylor landed the role of General Marcus Vinicius in "Quo Vadis", opposite Deborah Kerr. The film was a hit, grossing USD$11 million. The following year, he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the film version of Walter Scott’s classic "Ivanhoe", followed by 1953's "Knights of the Round Table".

Later career

By the mid-1950s, Taylor's career began to wane. He starred in a comedy western in 1955 co-starring Eleanor Parker called "Many Rivers To Cross". In 1958, he formed his own production company, Robert Taylor Productions, and the following year, he starred in the ABC hit television series "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" (1959-1962). Following the end of the series in 1962, Taylor continued to appear in films and television including "A House Is Not a Home" and two episodes of "Hondo". In 1965, after filming "Johnny Tiger" in Florida, Taylor took over the role of narrator in the television series "Death Valley Days", when Ronald Reagan left to pursue a career in politics.cite web |url=http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:113772~T1 |title= Robert Taylor Biography |accessdate=2008-02-04 |author=Erikson, Hal] Taylor would remain with the series until 1969 when he became too ill to continue working.

Personal life

In 1951, 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" (wife Stanwyck's nickname) which he used on hunting and fishing trips. She complained that he spent all his time polishing his guns and aircraft, but when airborne could "do anything a bird could do, except sit on a barbed wire fence". [Tibbets, Paul W., "Mission: Hiroshima", Stein & Day, 1985 ISBN 0-8128-8169-9]

Marriages

After appearing with actress Barbara Stanwyck in the 1937 film "This Is My Affair", the two were married in 1939. The marriage had its ups and downs and eventually ended in 1951.

In 1954, Taylor married German-born actress, Ursula Thiess, with whom he had two children. [cite book |last= Wayne |first=Jane Ellen |title= "The Leading Men of MGM"|isbn= 0-7867-1475-1 |pages=184-186]

Death

On June 8, 1969, Taylor died of lung cancer at the age of 57 - he was a chain smoker - and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California. [cite book |last= Wayne |first=Jane Ellen |title= "The Leading Men of MGM"|isbn= 0-7867-1475-1 |pages=192]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Robert Taylor has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

Filmography

*"Handy Andy" (1934)
*"There's Always Tomorrow" (1934)
*"A Wicked Woman" (1934)
*"Society Doctor" (1935)
*"Times Square Lady" (1935)
*"West Point of the Air" (1935)
*"Murder in the Fleet" (1935)
*"Broadway Melody of 1936" (1935)
*"Magnificent Obsession" (1935)
*"Small Town Girl" (1936)
*"Private Number" (1936)
*"His Brother's Wife" (1936)
*"The Gorgeous Hussy" (1936)
*"Camille" (1936)
*"Personal Property" (1937)
*"This Is My Affair" (1937)
*"Broadway Melody of 1938" (1937)
*"A Yank at Oxford" (1938)
*"Three Comrades" (1938)
*"The Crowd Roars" (1938)
*"Stand Up and Fight" (1939)
*"Lucky Night" (1939)
*"Lady of the Tropics" (1939)
*"Remember?" (1939)
*"Waterloo Bridge" (1940)
*"Escape" (1940)
*"Flight Command" (1940)
*"Billy the Kid" (1941)
*"When Ladies Meet" (1941)
*"Johnny Eager" (1942)
*"Her Cardboard Lover" (1942)
*"Stand by for Action" (1942)
*"The Youngest Profession" (Cameo, 1943)
*"Bataan" (1943)
*"Song of Russia" (1944)
*"The Fighting Lady" (Documentary, narrator, 1944)
*"Undercurrent" (1946)
*"High Wall" (1947)
*"The Secret Land" (Documentary, narrator, 1948)
*"Ambush" (1949)
*"The Bribe" (1949)
*"Devil's Doorway" (1950)
*"Quo Vadis" (1951)
*"Westward the Women" (1951)
*"Ivanhoe" (1952)
*"Above and Beyond" (1952)
*"Knights of the Round Table" (1953)
*"I Love Melvin" (1953) (Cameo)
*"Ride, Vaquero!" (1953)
*"All the Brothers Were Valiant" (1953)
*"Valley of the Kings" (1954)
*"Rogue Cop" (1954)
*"Many Rivers to Cross" (1955)
*"The Adventures of Quentin Durward" (1955)
*"The Last Hunt" (1956)
*"D-Day the Sixth of June" (1956)
*"The Power and the Prize" (1956)
*"Tip on a Dead Jockey" (1957)
*"Saddle the Wind" (1958)
*"The Law and Jake Wade" (1958)
*"Party Girl" (1958)
*"The Hangman" (1959)
*"The House of the Seven Hawks" (1959)
*"Killers of Kilimanjaro" (1959)
*"Miracle of the White Stallions" (1963)
*"Cattle King" (1963)
*"A House Is Not a Home" (1964)
*"The Night Walker" (1964)
*"Johnny Tiger" (1966)
*"Savage Pampas" (1966)
*"The Glass Sphinx" (1967)
*"Return of the Gunfighter" (1967)
*"The Day the Hot Line Got Hot" (1968)
*"Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows" (1968)

hort Subject

*"The Spectacle Maker" (1934)
*"Crime Does Not Pay #1: Buried Loot" (1935)
*"La Fiesta de Santa Barbara" (1935)
*"Lest We Forget" (1937)
*"Hollywood Goes to Town" (1938)
*"Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 9" (1939)
*"Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Recreations" (1940)
*"Primary Flight Instruction: Stearman N2-S" (1943)
*"Some of the Best" (1949)
*"Challenge the Wilderness" (1951)
*"The Hoaxters" (Narrator, 1952)

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0001791|name=Robert Taylor
*tcmdb name|id=1472132|name=Robert Taylor
* [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/family/robert-taylor.htm Robert Taylor collection] at the Nebraska State Historical Society
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* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=1060 Photographs of Robert Taylor]

Persondata
NAME= Taylor, Robert
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Brugh, Spangler Arlington
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Actor
DATE OF BIRTH= August 5, 1911
PLACE OF BIRTH= Filley, Nebraska
DATE OF DEATH= June 8, 1969
PLACE OF DEATH= Santa Monica, California


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