Raised in Beatrice, Nebraska
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
Tested at MGM; signed to seven-year contract and rechristened 'Robert Taylor'
Film debut on loan out to Fox in "Handy Andy"
First MGM film, "A Wicked Woman"
Breakthrough screen role in "Society Doctor"
Made singing debut in "Broadway Melody of 1936"
Co-starred with Irene Dunne in "The Magnificent Obsession" for Universal
First picture with Barbara Stanwyck, "His Brother's Wife"
Starred opposite Greta Garbo in "Camille"
Had title role in "A Yank at Oxford"; first film with Vivien Leigh
Reteamed with Vivien Leigh for "Waterloo Bridge"
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
Enlisted in the Naval Air Corps; commissioned as a lieutenant but was deemed to old for active service; became a flying instructor
Returned to films in "Undercurrent" opposite Katharine Hepburn
Testified before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)
Co-starred with Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov and Leo Genn in "Quo Vadis?"
Replaced Stewart Grainger in the title role of "Ivanhoe"
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
Last film with Eleanor Parker, "Many Rivers to Cross"
Final film under his MGM contract, "Party Girl", helmed by Nicholas Ray
Had title role in Michael Curtiz's Western "The Hangman"
Starred in first TV series "The Detectives" (ABC)
Reteamed with former wife Stanwyck for the William Castle-directed horror flick "The Night Walker"
Hosted the syndicated Western "Death Valley Days"
Appeared in the made-for-television movie "Return of the Gunfighter" (ABC)
Final films, "The Glass Sphinx", "Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows" and "The Day the Hotline Got Hot"