Robert Taylor


Actor
Robert Taylor

About

Also Known As
Spangler Arlington Brugh, Lt. Robert Taylor U.S.N.R.
Birth Place
Finlley, Nebraska, USA
Born
August 05, 1911
Died
June 08, 1969
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Photos & Videos

The Bribe - Lobby Card Set
Camille - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Stand by for Action - Kapralik Trade Ad

Family & Companions

Barbara Stanwyck
Wife
Actor. Married on May 14, 1939; divorced in 1951.
Ava Gardner
Companion
Actor. Had four-month romantic relationship during filming of "The Bribe" (1949).
Ursula Thiess
Wife
Actor. German; born on May 15, 1924; had been previously married to producer George Thiess, with whom she had two children; married from May 24, 1954 until his death in 1969.

Notes

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.

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

Biography

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Himself
The Day the Hot Line Got Hot (1969)
Anderson
Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968)
Mr. Farriday
The Glass Sphinx (1968)
Prof. Karl Nichols
Savage Pampas (1967)
Captain Martin
Return of the Gunfighter (1967)
Hondo And The Apaches (1967)
Johnny Tiger (1966)
George Dean
A House Is Not a Home (1964)
Frank Costigan
The Night Walker (1964)
Barry Morland
Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)
Colonel Podhajsky
Cattle King (1963)
Sam Brassfield
Killers of Kilimanjaro (1960)
[Robert] Adamson
The House of the Seven Hawks (1959)
John Nordley
The Hangman (1959)
Mackenzie Bovard
Saddle the Wind (1958)
Steve Sinclair
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
Jake Wade
Party Girl (1958)
Thomas Farrell
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
Lloyd Tredman
The Last Hunt (1956)
Charles Gilson
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
Brad Parker
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Cliff Barton
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Bushrod Gentry
Quentin Durward (1955)
Quentin Durward
Knights of the Round Table (1954)
Lancelot
Valley of the Kings (1954)
Mark Brandon
Rogue Cop (1954)
Christopher Kelvaney
Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
Rio
I Love Melvin (1953)
Guest star
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Joel Shore
Above and Beyond (1953)
[Lt.] Col. Paul [W.] Tibbets [, Jr.]
Westward the Women (1952)
Buck [Wyatt]
Ivanhoe (1952)
Ivanhoe
Quo Vadis (1951)
Marcus Vinicius
Devil's Doorway (1950)
Lance Poole
Ambush (1950)
Wardrobe Kinsman
Conspirator (1949)
Maj. Michael Curragh
The Bribe (1949)
Rigby
High Wall (1948)
Steven Kenet
The Secret Land (1948)
Narration
Undercurrent (1946)
Alan Garroway
The Fighting Lady (1945)
Narrator
Song of Russia (1944)
John Meredith
Bataan (1943)
Sergeant Bill Dane
Stand by for Action (1943)
Lieut. Gregg Masterman
The Youngest Profession (1943)
Her Cardboard Lover (1942)
Terry Trindale
Johnny Eager (1942)
Johnny Eager
When Ladies Meet (1941)
Jimmy Lee
Billy the Kid (1941)
William [Billy the Kid] Bonney
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Roy Cronin
Escape (1940)
Mark Preysing
Flight Command (1940)
Ensign Alan ["Pensacola"] Drake
Lucky Night (1939)
Bill Overton
Stand Up and Fight (1939)
Blake Cantrell
Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Bill Carey
Remember? (1939)
Jeff Holland
A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Lee Sheridan
The Crowd Roars (1938)
Tommy McCoy
Three Comrades (1938)
Erich Lohkamp
Personal Property (1937)
Raymond Dabney
This Is My Affair (1937)
Lieutenant Richard L. Perry
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Steve Raleigh
His Brother's Wife (1936)
Chris [Claybourne]
Small Town Girl (1936)
[Dr. Robert] Bob Dakin
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
"Bow" Timberlake
Camille (1936)
Armand [Duval]
Magnificent Obsession (1936)
Robert Merrick
Private Number (1936)
Richard Winfield
West Point of the Air (1935)
Jaskarelli
Society Doctor (1935)
Dr. [Tommy] Ellis
Murder in the Fleet (1935)
Lieutenant Tom Randolph
Times Square Lady (1935)
Steve Gordon
Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
Bob Gordon
A Wicked Woman (1934)
Bill Renton
Handy Andy (1934)
Lloyd Burmeister
There's Always Tomorrow (1934)
Arthur [White]

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Other

Cast (Special)

Colossus (1963)
Program Host

Cast (Short)

THE HOAXSTERS (1952)
Narrator
Challenge the Wilderness (1951)
Himself
Screen Actors (1950)
Himself
Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)
Himself
Lest We Forget (1937)
Himself
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
Himself

Life Events

1932

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

1934

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

1934

First MGM film, "A Wicked Woman"

1935

Breakthrough screen role in "Society Doctor"

1935

Made singing debut in "Broadway Melody of 1936"

1935

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

1936

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

1937

Starred opposite Greta Garbo in "Camille"

1937

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

1940

Reteamed with Vivien Leigh for "Waterloo Bridge"

1942

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

1943

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

1946

Returned to films in "Undercurrent" opposite Katharine Hepburn

1947

Testified before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)

1951

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

1952

Replaced Stewart Grainger in the title role of "Ivanhoe"

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

1955

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

1958

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

1959

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

1959

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

1964

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

1967

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

1968

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

Photo Collections

The Bribe - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's The Bribe (1949), starring Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, and Vincent Price. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Camille - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken during the shooting of Camille (1937). Look for director George Cukor and stars Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor.
Stand by for Action - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Stand by for Action (1943), starring Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, and Brian Donlevy. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Devil's Doorway - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize MGM's Devil's Doorway (1950), starring Robert Taylor and Paula Raymond. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Johnny Eager - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Johnny Eager (1942), starring Robert Taylor and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Johnny Eager - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Johnny Eager (1942), starring Robert Taylor. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Flight Command - Publicity Stills
Here are some stills taken to help publicize MGM's Flight Command (1940), starring Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, and Walter Pidgeon. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Above and Beyond - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Above and Beyond (1953), starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker and produced and directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama.
When Ladies Meet - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's When Ladies Meet (1941), starring Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor and Greer Garson. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Ambush - Movie Poster
Here is an original French movie poster for Ambush (1950), starring Robert Taylor.
All the Brothers Were Valiant - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize the 1940 version of Waterloo Bridge, starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos taken during the making of Waterloo Bridge (1940), starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.
A Yank at Oxford - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's A Yank at Oxford (1938), starring Robert Taylor, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Vivien Leigh.
A Yank at Oxford - Publicity Stills
Here are a few stills taken to help publicize MGM's A Yank at Oxford (1938), starring Robert Taylor and Maureen O'Sullivan. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Escape - Movie Poster
Here is the American 1-Sheet movie poster for MGM's Escape (1940), starring Robert Taylor and Norma Shearer.
Quo Vadis - Behind-the-Scenes Publicity Photos
Here are several photos taken of Robert Taylor and his then-wife Barbara Stanwyck touring Italy while Taylor was on location shooting Quo Vadis (1951) for MGM.
Billy the Kid (1941) - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Billy the Kid (1941), starring Robert Taylor. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Rogue Cop - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Rogue Cop (1954), starring Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, and Anne Francis. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Ivanhoe - Movie Posters
Following are a few original release American movie posters from Ivanhoe (1952), starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine.
Ivanhoe - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from MGM's Ivanhoe (1952), starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Billy the Kid (1941) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize MGM's Billy the Kid (1941), starring Robert Taylor. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Bribe - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for MGM's The Bribe (1949). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Camille (1937) - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters from MGM's Camille (1937), starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor.

Videos

Movie Clip

Undercurrent (1946) - Flowers And Her Boys Alan (Robert Taylor) flips a bit, coming home to his new wife Ann (Katharine Hepburn) and servant George (Leigh Whipper), during their first stay at his old family home, in Vincente Minnelli's Undercurrent, 1946.
Yank At Oxford, A (1938) - Perfectly Beautiful Enemy American jock Lee Sheridan (Robert Taylor) on the train to Oxford, introduces himself to fellow students Beaumont, Wavertree and Ramsey (Griffith Jones, Robert Coote, Peter Croft) when Beaumont's sister Molly (Maureen O'Sullivan) arrives, and a gag is pulled, in A Yank At Oxford, 1938.
Yank At Oxford, A (1938) - The Mother In You After colliding again with the dean (Edmund Gwenn), Robert Taylor (as American student Lee Sheridan) visits a bicycle shop where he begins his first-ever scene with Vivien Leigh (as frisky faculty wife "Mrs. Craddock"), in the MGM-British production A Yank At Oxford, 1938.
Party Girl (1958) - He's Out There Again Mob lawyer Farrell (Robert Taylor) gets an eye-full of Vicki (Cyd Charisse) in hot pink for her first dance number in Nicholas Ray's Party Girl, 1958, choreography by Robert Sidney.
Party Girl (1958) - Would You Like To Take Me Home? Paid with girlfriends from the night club to attend a party thrown by Chicago gang boss Rico (Lee J. Cobb), who’s distraught over the marriage of movie star Jean Harlow, savvy dancer Vicki (Cyd Charisse) meets thug Louis (John Ireland) and lawyer Farrell (Robert Taylor, his first scene), in director Nicholas Ray’s crime-musical hybrid Party Girl, 1958.
Quo Vadis (1951) - Appian Way Who better than MGM stalwart Walter Pidgeon to narrate, the opening scenes detailing the grandeur and moment of Quo Vadis, 1951, starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov.
Camille (1936) - Buy Me Some Sweets Mid 19th-century Paris courtesan Marguerite (Greta Garbo) thinks Armand (Robert Taylor) is the Baron with whom she's being set up, as they first meet at the theater, until her friend Prudence (Laura Hope Crews) shows up, in MGM's Camille, 1936.
Camille (1936) - You Look Ill, Too Feeling faint at a party, consumptive Marguerite (Greta Garbo, title character) retreats, followed by Armand (Robert Taylor) who professes his feelings, in MGM's Camille, 1936, from the Alexandre Dumas fils novel.
Knights Of The Round Table (1954) - Spoiled My Fight The first meeting between Lancelot (Robert Taylor), who's come to serve the new king, and Arthur (Mel Ferrer), who fight over a minor offense until they exchange names, Maureen Swanson the escorted bystander, in MGM's first wide-screen film, Knights Of The Round Table, 1954.
Knights Of The Round Table (1954) - We Are One People Politics very olde English style, as Arthur (Mel Ferrer) orates and Merlin (Felix Aylmer) explains about Stonehenge (with an altogether unfounded theory!), and Lancelot (Robert Taylor) sounds the alarm, in MGM's Knights Of The Round Table, 1953.
Knights Of The Round Table (1954) - I Make You Henceforth The Queen's Champion The pretty form of Guinivere (Ava Gardner) is emphasized in her speedy wedding to Arthur (Mel Ferrer) and Lancelot (Robert Taylor) arriving late, is rewarded for his service, in MGM's Knights Of The Round Table, 1953.
Johnny Eager (1942) - High And Handsome Opening scene, Robert Taylor (title character), evidently a cabbie, drops in on his parole officer Verne (Henry O'Neill), his aide Miss Mines (Leona Maricle) not interested, but visiting students (Diana Lewis, Lana Turner) are, in Mervyn LeRoy's Johny Eager, 1943.

Trailer

Devil's Doorway - (Original Trailer) A Native American Civil War hero (Robert Taylor) returns home to fight for his people. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Ambush - (Original Trailer) A Westerner (Robert Taylor) searches for a white woman held by the Apaches. The last movie from director Sam Wood (Good-bye Mr. Chips).
Secret Land, The - (Original Trailer) The Secret Land (1948) is an Oscar-winning documentary about Admiral Richard Byrd and his explorations of the Antarctic, narrated by Van Johnson, Robert Montgomery, and Robert Taylor.
West Point Of The Air - (Original Trailer) An army sergeant (Wallace Beery) inspires his son to become an ace flyer and join the West Point of the Air (1935).
Valley of the Kings - (Original Trailer) Archaeologists clash with graverobbers during the search for a priceless Egyptian treasure in Valley of the Kings (1954) starring Robert Taylor.
Crowd Roars, The (1938) - (Original Trailer) This time, The Crowd Roars (1938) about boxing as a fighter's hard-drinking father gets his son (Robert Taylor) mixed up with the underworld.
Lady of the Tropics - (Original Trailer) An American playboy (Robert Taylor) in Saigon has to fight to get his Eurasian wife (Hedy Lamarr) out of the country in Lady of the Tropics (1939).
Murder in the Fleet - (Original Trailer) Robert Taylor got his first starring role solving a Murder In The Fleet (1935) when he becomes a suspect.
Youngest Profession, The - (Original Trailer) A teenage autograph hound (Virginia Weidler) invades Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in The Youngest Profession (1943).
Return of the Gunfighter - (Original Trailer) An aging gunfighter (Robert Taylor) tries to help a younger man accused of murder in Return of the Gunfighter (1967).
Times Square Lady - (Original Trailer) In Times Square Lady (1935), a nightclub manager (Robert Taylor) helps an heiress keep her fortune.
Broadway Melody of 1938 - (Original Trailer) Backstage problems jeopardize a Broadway musical in Broadway Melody of 1938 starring Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, and Judy Garland.

Family

Spangler Andrew Brugh
Father
Doctor, former grain merchant.
Ruth Brugh
Mother
Was ill with heart condition for most of her life.
Terrence Taylor
Son
Born in 1955; mother, Ursula Thiess.
Theresa Taylor
Daughter
Born in 1959; mother, Ursula Thiess.

Companions

Barbara Stanwyck
Wife
Actor. Married on May 14, 1939; divorced in 1951.
Ava Gardner
Companion
Actor. Had four-month romantic relationship during filming of "The Bribe" (1949).
Ursula Thiess
Wife
Actor. German; born on May 15, 1924; had been previously married to producer George Thiess, with whom she had two children; married from May 24, 1954 until his death in 1969.

Bibliography

Notes

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.

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