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Also Known As: Noah George Taylor Died:
Born: September 4, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, dishwasher

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A talented performer who successfully made the transition from juvenile roles to adult performances, Australian actor Noah Taylor broke through in the United States playing the adolescent piano prodigy, David Helfgott, in the Oscar-winning drama, "Shine" (1996). Prior to this success, Taylor had both supporting and leading roles in a number of projects made in his native Australia, while managing to crack through across the Pacific with a role in the television miniseries "Dadah is Death" (CBS, 1988). After "Shine," he starred in the indie period drama, "Simon Magus" (1999), before appearing in consecutive movies directed by Cameron Crowe, "Almost Famous" (2001) and "Vanilla Sky" (2002). While entering blockbuster territory as Angelina Jolie's sidekick in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001) and its sequel "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2003), Taylor delivered his most complex and critically acclaimed performances as a pre-Nazi Adolf Hitler in the unrelenting drama, "Max" (2002). From there, he settled into a series of foreign and independently made features like "The Proposition" (2006) and "Submarine" (2010), none of which received much play in the States. Regardless, Taylor remained a...

A talented performer who successfully made the transition from juvenile roles to adult performances, Australian actor Noah Taylor broke through in the United States playing the adolescent piano prodigy, David Helfgott, in the Oscar-winning drama, "Shine" (1996). Prior to this success, Taylor had both supporting and leading roles in a number of projects made in his native Australia, while managing to crack through across the Pacific with a role in the television miniseries "Dadah is Death" (CBS, 1988). After "Shine," he starred in the indie period drama, "Simon Magus" (1999), before appearing in consecutive movies directed by Cameron Crowe, "Almost Famous" (2001) and "Vanilla Sky" (2002). While entering blockbuster territory as Angelina Jolie's sidekick in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001) and its sequel "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2003), Taylor delivered his most complex and critically acclaimed performances as a pre-Nazi Adolf Hitler in the unrelenting drama, "Max" (2002). From there, he settled into a series of foreign and independently made features like "The Proposition" (2006) and "Submarine" (2010), none of which received much play in the States. Regardless, Taylor remained a talented performer capable of tackling a wide variety of offbeat characters in either supporting or leading roles.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Epic (2014)
3.
 Double, The (2014)
4.
 Mindscape (2014)
5.
 Predestination (2014)
6.
 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
7.
 Submarine (2011)
8.
 Made in Dagenham (2010)
9.
 Red White & Blue (2010)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in England
1974:
Moved with family to Australia (date approximate)
:
Raised in Melbourne, Australia
1983:
Was member of St Martins Theatre fof Youth in Melbourne
1986:
Feature film debut, "Dogs in Space"
1987:
First leading role in features, Danny in "The Year My Voice Broke"; first collaboration with director John Duigan
1988:
American TV debut "Dadah Is Death"
1990:
Reprised role of Danny in Duigan's "Flirting"
1992:
First collaboration with screenwriter Jan Sardi, "Secrets"
1995:
Featured as Geoffrey Rush's younger brother in the comedy "Dad and Dave - On Our Selection"
1996:
Gained international prominence as the teenaged David Helfgott (played by Geoffrey Rush as an adult) in Scott Hicks' biopic "Shine"
1999:
Had title role in "Simon Magus", a Jewish peasant who is an outcast in the small village in which he lives
2000:
Co-starred as the band's manager in "Almost Famous", written and directed by Cameron Crowe
2001:
Cast as the title character's assistant with a flair for gadgetry in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
2001:
Played leading role in "He Died With a Felafel in His Hand"
2001:
Had featured part in "The Sleeping Dictionary"
2001:
Reteamed with Crowe in a co-starring role in "Vanilla Sky", starring Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz
2002:
Portrayed Adolph Hitler in the Nazi feature drama "Max"
2003:
Portrayed Bryce in "Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2"
2004:
Cast in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" directed and written by Wes Anderson
2005:
Cast as Charlie's father in Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
2006:
Starred with Guy Pearce in "The Proposition," an Australian western written by musician Nick Cave
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Education

University High School: -
Swinburne Community School: -

Notes

An article in a Melbourne, Australia newspaper published on August 8, 2001, referred to Taylor as "a recovered drug addict." The actor has subsequently refused comment except to tell the Sydney Morning Herald (August 9, 2001) that "I wish it hadn't happened. But I'm not going to discuss it any more. It's not open for discussion."

"There's a spooky thing about acting sometimes where I often find that my own life will be mirroring the part I;m about to play. I find it's uncannily coincidental." --Noah Taylor quoted in On the Street, August 1996.

"I'm just not a terribly ambitious person ... I never do much press, so I can stay anonymous. ... Being a star must be horrible: You can't hang out in bars, or take the subway without being hassled or even stalked. Instead, I'd like to be just famous enough to get into a few exclusive clubs and always get free drinks." --Taylor quoted in New York Post, November 21, 1996.

"It never really occurred to me that I missed out on anything personally with the success of 'Shine'. It was a great experience. It's all gone remarkably well as far as I am concerned. I have always been able to work and I have always been able to have a pretty normal life. That's the balance I've always wanted. I've been able to do character roles in a variety of films, which is great." --Taylor quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, June 15, 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Paul Taylor. Journalist. Divorced from Taylor's mother c. 1973; remarried.
mother:
Maggie Taylor. Journalist. Divorced from Taylor's father c. 1973.
step-mother:
Suzie Howe. Publicist.
brother:
Jack Taylor. Younger.
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