Dub Taylor


Actor

About

Also Known As
Dub Taylor (Cannonball), Walter Clarence Taylor Jr., Dub "Cannonball" Taylor, Cannonball Taylor, "Cannonball" Taylor
Birth Place
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Born
February 26, 1907
Died
October 03, 1994
Cause of Death
Congestive Heart Failure

Biography

Omnipresent, much-loved character actor, a fixture of Westerns for over 60 years. Taylor began in vaudeville playing the harmonica and the xylophone, and the latter talent came in handy when he made his film debut as the untalented xylophone-playing Ed Carmichael, one of a family of zanies peopling Frank Capra's adaptation of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart farce, "You Can't Take It ...

Family & Companions

Florence Dean
Wife
Vaudevillian.

Biography

Omnipresent, much-loved character actor, a fixture of Westerns for over 60 years. Taylor began in vaudeville playing the harmonica and the xylophone, and the latter talent came in handy when he made his film debut as the untalented xylophone-playing Ed Carmichael, one of a family of zanies peopling Frank Capra's adaptation of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart farce, "You Can't Take It With You" (1938). Although he can be spotted in that same year's delightful Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical "Carefree" (1938), Taylor soon began hitting the dusty trail in "The Taming of the West" (1939), "The Man from Tumbleweeds" (1940), "Sagebrush Heroes" (1944) and dozens of others during the 1940s. He proved himself one of the best things to happen to fine "B" Westerns as he played comic sidekick first to Bill Elliott, then to Charles Starrett and later to Russell Hayden.

Delighting audiences as he had trouble with his saddle, his gun, or a flirtatious frontierswoman, Taylor continued his antics on TV's "The Roy Rogers Show" in the 50s. His film credits began to diversify, though, including crime drama ("Crime Wave" 1954), comedy ("No Time for Sergeants" 1958, Capra's "A Hole in the Head" 1959) and theatrical adaptation ("Sweet Bird of Youth" 1962). He also brought rustic humor to his recurring roles of Ben, fix-it-shop owner Emmet's brother-in-law, on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show" and repairman Ed Hewley on the first season (1965-66) of "Please Don't Eat the Daisies." In 1967 he memorably played the man who helped bring down the title characters in Arthur Penn's landmark "Bonnie and Clyde."

Taylor never left the Western, though. As genre revisions became common, Taylor's leathery presence, often grizzled, came to embody the Old West not only as it was lived but how it had been represented onscreen. Sam Peckinpah used him thusly in "Major Dundee" (1965), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "Junior Bonner" (1972) and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), as did films ranging from "Death of a Gunfighter" (1969) to "Back to the Future III" (1990, credited as "saloon old timer"). Taylor was as busy as in the old days, with eight credits in 1976 alone. He was as amusing as ever as a toothless varmint in the revival series, "Bret Maverick" (1981-82) and in the TV western comedies "The Dooley Brothers" (1979) and "Once Upon a Texas Train" (1988). Well into his 80s Taylor still stole scenes as the grandfather in the feature country singer saga, "Falling from Grace" (1992).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Maverick (1994)
Falling From Grace (1992)
Grandpa Parks
Conagher (1991)
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988)
The Best Of Times (1986)
The Outlaws (1984)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Used Cars (1980)
1941 (1979)
The Great Smokey Roadblock (1978)
They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way (1978)
Warden Warden
The Rescuers (1977)
Voice
Moonshine County Express (1977)
Uncle Bill
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
Sheriff Forbes
Doc Hooker's Bunch (1976)
Gator (1976)
Pony Express Rider (1976)
The Winds of Autumn (1976)
The Creature From Black Lake (1976)
Country Blue (1975)
Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Nevada Ticket Agent
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (1975)
Bitteroot
Flash and the Firecat (1975)
Sheriff C W Thurston
Honky Tonk (1974)
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)
Gas Station Attendant
Brock's Last Case (1973)
Tom Sawyer (1973)
Shootout In A One Dog Town (1973)
Halsey
This Is A Hijack (1973)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
The Getaway (1972)
Laughlin
Junior Bonner (1972)
Del [Bartender]
Man and Boy (1972)
Atkins
The Delphi Bureau (1972)
Wild in the Sky (1972)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Doc Schultz
Evel Knievel (1971)
Turquoise Smith
Black Jack (1971)
Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971)
A Man Called Horse (1970)
Joe
The Liberation of L. B. Jones (1970)
Mayor
...tick...tick...tick... (1970)
Junior
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
Doc Adams
The Reivers (1969)
Dr. Peabody
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Mayor Wainscoat
The Learning Tree (1969)
Spikey
The Undefeated (1969)
McCartney
Three Guns for Texas (1968)
The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
Pop McGovern
Bandolero! (1968)
Attendant
The Money Jungle (1968)
Don't Make Waves (1967)
Electrician
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Ivan Moss
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Timekeeper
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
Clayton Howell
Major Dundee (1965)
Priam
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Dealer
Spencer's Mountain (1963)
Percy Cook
Black Gold (1963)
Doc
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Dan Hatcher
Parrish (1961)
Teet Howie
Home from the Hill (1960)
Bob Skaggs
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Fred
Hot Rod Gang (1958)
Al Berrywhiff
Auntie Mame (1958)
Veterinarian
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
McKinney, draft board man
Street of Darkness (1958)
Duffy Tyler
You Can't Run Away From It (1956)
Joe
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Nolan Brown
Tension at Table Rock (1956)
Ruffian
Tall Man Riding (1955)
Townsman
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
Editor
The McConnell Story (1955)
Technical sergeant
Riding Shotgun (1954)
Eddie
Dragnet (1954)
Miller Starkie
A Star Is Born (1954)
Driver
The Bounty Hunter (1954)
Danvers, postmaster
Crime Wave (1954)
Gus Snider
Them! (1954)
Watchman
The Charge at Feather River (1953)
Danowicz
The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
Actor
Woman of the North Country (1952)
Bob
Riding High (1950)
Joe
Roaring Westward (1949)
Cannonball
Lawless Code (1949)
Cannonball
Across the Rio Grande (1949)
Cannonball Taylor
Brand of Fear (1949)
"Cannonball"
Gun Runner (1949)
"Cannonball"
Gun Law Justice (1949)
"Cannonball"
Outlaw Brand (1948)
Cannonball
Range Renegades (1948)
Cannonball
Courtin' Trouble (1948)
"Cannonball"
The Rangers Ride (1948)
"Cannonball"
Cowboy Cavalier (1948)
"Cannonball"
Oklahoma Blues (1948)
"Cannonball"
Silver Trails (1948)
"Cannonball"
Partners of the Sunset (1948)
"Cannonball"
Song of the Drifter (1948)
"Cannonball"
Ridin' Down the Trail (1947)
"Cannonball" Taylor
Frontier Gun Law (1946)
Cannonball
Rough Ridin' Justice (1945)
Cannonball
Sagebrush Heroes (1945)
Cannonball
Texas Panhandle (1945)
Cannonball Taylor
Lawless Empire (1945)
Cannonball
Both Barrels Blazing (1945)
Cannonball
Rustlers of the Badlands (1945)
Cannonball
Blazing the Western Trail (1945)
Cannonball
Outlaws of the Rockies (1945)
Cannonball
Cowboy Canteen (1944)
Cannonball
Cyclone Prairie Rangers (1944)
Cannonball
Sundown Valley (1944)
Cannonball Boggs
The Last Horseman (1944)
Cannonball
Saddle Leather Law (1944)
Cannonball
The Vigilantes Ride (1944)
Cannonball Taylor
Wyoming Hurricane (1944)
Cannonball
Cowboy from Lonesome River (1944)
Cannonball
What's Buzzin' Cousin? (1943)
Jed
Riders of the Northwest Mounted (1943)
Cannonball
Silver City Raiders (1943)
Cannonball
Saddles and Sagebrush (1943)
Cannonball
Cowboy in the Clouds (1943)
Cannonball
Minesweeper (1943)
Stubby Gordon
A Tornado in the Saddle (1942)
Cannonball
The Lone Prairie (1942)
Cannonball
Tanks a Million (1941)
Malloy
The Son of Davy Crockett (1941)
Cannonball
Hands Across the Rockies (1941)
Cannonball [Taylor]
The Return of Daniel Boone (1941)
Cannonball
North from the Lone Star (1941)
Cannonball
King of Dodge City (1941)
Cannonball [Taylor]
Across the Sierras (1941)
Cannonball
The Return of Wild Bill (1940)
Cannonball
The Man from Tumbleweeds (1940)
Cannonball
Beyond the Sacramento (1940)
Cannonball
Prairie Schooners (1940)
Cannonball
One Man's Law (1940)
Nevady
The Wildcat of Tucson (1940)
Cannonball
Pioneers of the Frontier (1940)
Cannonball [Sims]
The Taming of the West (1939)
Cannonball
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Reporter
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Editor Carmichael

Cast (Special)

Road Show (1989)
The Hee Haw 20th Anniversary Show (1988)
Ride a Northbound Horse (1987)
Purse
Pumpboys and Dinettes on Television (1983)
Getting There (1980)
Ben
The Dooley Brothers (1979)
Great Day (1977)
Doc; A Derelict
The Murdocks and the McClays (1970)

Life Events

1938

Made feature film debut in Frank Capra's film version of the George S Kaufman-Moss Hart farce, "You Can't Take It With You"

1938

Was under contract to Columbia Pictures

1954

Billed as "Walter Dub Taylor" in the feature crime drama, "Crime Wave", directed by Andre de Toth

1990

Returned to features after nearly seven years to play a role in "Back to the Future III"

Photo Collections

Poor Pretty Eddie - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Poor Pretty Eddie (1975), starring Michael Christian, Leslie Uggams, and Shelley Winters. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Crime Wave (1954) - Chicken Feed Little-to-no artifice from director Andre de Toth, with exteriors from LAPD then located inside City Hall, and the first spoken lines for Sterling Hayden as detective Sims, hearing from robbery victim Dub Taylor, then with police station denizens, Iris Adrian the girlfriend, Jack Woody the informer, in Crime Wave, 1954.
Crime Wave (1954) - That's Gershwin Opening at what probably really is (as later reported on police radio) Maple Ave. in downtown LA, goons Morgan (Ned Young) and Hastings (Charles Buchinsky-later-Bronson) then Penny (Ted de Corsia) show up, making trouble for gas jockey Dub Taylor, in Crime Wave, 1954, starring Sterling Hayden.
You Can't Take It With You (1938) - Home Sweet Home This ensemble scene featuring Donald Meek, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Spring Byington and others illuminates the Sycamore household in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You, 1938.
You Can't Take It With You (1938) - My Father Makes Fireworks Taxman Henderson (Charles Lane) and Grandpa Sycamore (Lionel Barrymore) lead off this mayhem as Tony (James Stewart) collects Alice (Jean Arthur) for a date. with Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Dub Taylor, and Mischa Auer, in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You, 1938.
No Time For Sergeants (1958) - Be Christian To Him! Having just proved that Will (Andy Griffith) can read, Pa (William Fawcett) reluctantly concedes to letting him leave with the draft board man (Dub Taylor), early in No Time For Sergeants, 1958.
...tick...tick...tick... (1970) - There's A Rumor Goin' Round Opening director Ralph Nelson’s uneven and sometimes brilliant feature from James Lee Barrett’s original screenplay, menacing Dub Taylor as Junior fries an egg and George Kennedy begins his striking performance as Mississippi sheriff John Little, in …tick…tick…tick…, 1970, starring Jim Brown.
Man Called Horse, A (1970) - Open, I'd Be Shooting Grouse Something like a disclaimer, or a tease, relating to what became a notorious scene, then an evocative credit sequence and the introduction of Richard Harris in the title role, a wayward English nobleman, Dub Taylor a sidekick, in director Elliott Silverstein’s A Man Called Horse, 1970.
Burnt Offerings (1976) - Open, Underprivileged Child The opening, Oliver Reed as the English guy helming the station wagon, with spouse Karen Black and son Lee Montgomery, from Burnt Offerings, 1976, also starring Bette Davis.
1941 (1979) - Save It For The Japs Dan Aykroyd as Sergeant Tree with his crew (Treat Williams as "Sitarski," also John Candy) in a coastal cafe, then meeting gonzo pilot Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi), observed by veteran Elisha Cook Jr., in Steven Spielberg's 1941, 1979.
Parrish (1961) - We Just Smoke It Opening in which we learn the title is the given name of the protagonist (Troy Donahue), who does some exposition with "Skipper" (John McGovern), then travels with his mother (Claudette Colbert), met by "Teet" (Dub Taylor), from Delmer Daves' Parrish, 1961.
Parrish (1961) - It's You Know Who New in town title character (Troy Donahue) stops by to tell his mom (Claudette Colbert) he's found a job and won't have to share her Connecticut tobacco farm staff apartment, then joins local Lucy (Connie Stevens) to survey his new digs, early in Delmer Daves' Parrish, 1961.
Poor Pretty Eddie - Open, Liz Wetherly Leslie Uggams (as "Liz Wetherly) with a crisp Star-Spangled Banner at a football game, and the opening credits for director Richard Robinson's Poor Pretty Eddie, 1975.

Trailer

Tension at Table Rock - (Original Trailer) When the owner of a stagecoach station is killed, a gunman takes his place in Tension at Table Rock (1956) starring Richard Egan.
No Time for Sergeants - (Original Trailer) Hillbilly draftee Andy Griffith turns the Air Force upside down in No Time For Sergeants (1958).
Burnt Offerings - (Original Trailer) A family moves into a haunted house that seems to be stealing their lives in Burnt Offerings (1976) starring Oliver Reed, Karen Black and Bette Davis.
Charge at Feather River, The - (textless trailer) A platoon of army misfits tries to rescue two women kidnapped by Indians in The Charge at Feather River (1953).
Major Dundee - (Original Trailer) A Union officer (Charlton Heston) leads Confederate prisoners against Apaches in Mexico in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965).
McConnell Story, The - (Original Trailer) A man's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War in The McConnell Story (1955) starring Alan Ladd.
1941 - (Original Trailer) Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
Bounty Hunter, The - (Original Trailer) A bounty hunter (Randolph Scott) attempts to track down three killers in The Bounty Hunter (1954).
Hole In The Head, A - (Original Trailer) Frank Sinatra is a single father whose swinging lifestyle could cost him custody of his son in Frank Capra's A Hole In The Head (1959).
Support Your Local Gunfighter - (Original Trailer) When a con man (James Garner) sneaks off a train, he's mistaken for a gunman in Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).
Crime Wave - (Original Trailer) A reformed parolee is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter in Crime Wave (1954).
tick...tick...tick - (Original Trailer) Racial fireworks are set off in a small southern town when a black sheriff (Jim Brown) arrives in ...tick...tick...tick (1970).

Family

Faydean Taylor
Daughter
Buck Taylor
Son
Actor. Born in 1938.
Cooper Taylor
Grandson
Cowboy, actor.

Companions

Florence Dean
Wife
Vaudevillian.

Bibliography