Vaughn Taylor


Actor
Vaughn Taylor

About

Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died
April 26, 1983
Cause of Death
Cerebral Hemorrhage

Biography

In his best-known role, Vaughn Taylor played Janet Leigh's boss in the 1960 Hitchcock thriller "Psycho," but much of the American actor's career was devoted to work on the small screen. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Taylor had his very first onscreen role in the TV movie "Mr. And Mrs. North," which aired in 1946. He later appeared in the 1957 Elvis Presley smash hit "Jailhouse Rock...

Biography

In his best-known role, Vaughn Taylor played Janet Leigh's boss in the 1960 Hitchcock thriller "Psycho," but much of the American actor's career was devoted to work on the small screen. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Taylor had his very first onscreen role in the TV movie "Mr. And Mrs. North," which aired in 1946. He later appeared in the 1957 Elvis Presley smash hit "Jailhouse Rock," following it up a year later with his role as Deacon Davis in the Tennessee Williams adaptation "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Following this film work, he was cast in a number of small roles on television series including "The Twilight Zone," "Perry Mason," "Bonanza" and the theater telecast "Robert Montgomery Presents." These were among the most popular shows of their time, and Taylor worked in television steadily throughout the 1960s, landing both guest appearances and recurring roles. Taylor went on to play a Good Samaritan in the 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote's novel "In Cold Blood," which was nominated for four Academy Awards. He appeared in another notable film, Sam Peckinpah's 1970 Western, "The Ballad of Cable Hogue," and six years later had his final acting role, in the 1976 comedy "The Gumball Rally." He died in Los Angeles in 1983, at the age of 73.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Gumball Rally (1976)
Andy
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (1975)
Land Agent
Winter Kill (1974)
Brock's Last Case (1973)
Set This Town on Fire (1973)
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
They Call It Murder (1971)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Powell
Fever Heat (1968)
Toad Taplinger
The Power (1968)
Mr. Hallson
The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
Reverend Longbaugh
In Cold Blood (1967)
"Good Samaritan"
The Professionals (1966)
Banker
The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966)
Mr. Bell
Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)
Councilman Pew
Dark Intruder (1965)
Dr. Burdett
FBI Code 98 (1964)
Joseph Petersen
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Mr. Cartwright
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Doctor
Diamond Head (1963)
Judge James Blanding
The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
Thaddeus Whipple
Twilight of Honor (1963)
Ballentine
The Plunderers (1960)
Jess Walters
The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)
Norodeen
The Gallant Hours (1960)
Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Warlock (1959)
Richardson
Blue Denim (1959)
Professor Jim Willard
The Young Lions (1958)
Mr. Plowman
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
Thomas Chandler
Screaming Mimi (1958)
Raoul Reynarde
Cowboy (1958)
Mr. Fowler
Party Girl (1958)
Dr. Caderman
Gunsmoke in Tucson (1958)
Ben Bodeen
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Deacon Davis
The Lineup (1958)
The man
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Barber
This Could Be the Night (1957)
Ziggy Dawlt
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Entrikin
Willie and Joe Back at the Front (1952)
Maj. Lester Ormsby
Meet Danny Wilson (1952)
T. W. Hatcher
Up Front (1951)
Major Lester
Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
Harrington

Cast (Special)

McGee and Me! The Big Lie (1992)
McGee and Me! Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1992)
Mr. Mergenthwirker's Lobblies (1946)
Mr Mergenthwirker
The Last War (1946)
Dog

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Eleanor and Franklin (1976)

Life Events

1946

Television acting debut

1948

Film acting debut in "Up Front"

Videos

Movie Clip

Warlock (1959) - Silk Sheets From China Righteous bit by Hugh Sanders as the territorial sheriff, come to collect prisoners from the title town, arrested by Henry Fonda as highly-paid private lawman Blaisdell, because no locals will take the job, Bartlett Robinson leading the griping, until Richard Widmark as semi-derelict Johnny steps up, in Edward Dmytryk’s byzantine Western Warlock, 1959.
Warlock (1959) - Looks Like A Fair Enough Town First appearance for Henry Fonda as expensive hired lawman Blaisdell and Anthony Quinn his associate Morgan, Whit Bissell, Dolores Michaels, Vaughn Taylor among those receiving when Wallace Ford, as the intimidated Judge Holloway, has his moment, in Warlock, 1959, from the novel by Oakley Hall.
Gallant Hours, The (1960) - Put That Ice Pick Away Admiral Halsey (James Cagney) gets the skinny on Yamomoto from Commander Pulaski (Vaughn Taylor) then diverts aide Lowe (Dennis Weaver) and doctor Keys (Walter Sande) in producer-director Robert Montgomery's bio-pic The Gallant Hours, 1960.
Psycho (1960) - Of Course I'm Glad To See You! We had little idea Marion (Janet Leigh) would make off with the $40,000 cash her boss gave her for safe keeping, imagining what her debt-ridden lover (John Gavin) will say, and she didn’t expect to see the boss (Vaughn Tyler) as she departs Phoenix, early in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960.
Young Lions, The (1958) - I Never Knew A Jew Before Hope (Lange) sucker punches her dad (Vaughn Taylor), mentioning at the last minute that Noah (Montgomery Clift), visiting their Vermont town from New York, is Jewish, arranging his affairs before reporting for duty in WWII, in Edward Dmytryk's The Young Lions, 1958, from the Irwin Shaw novel.
Diamond Head (1963) - Kings Are Out Of Date Director Guy Green is biting off huge chunks of Hawaii scenery through the opening, leading man Charlton Heston, we learn, is land-owner Howland, Laura (Elizabeth Allan) his sister-in-law, greeted by political operatives (Vaughn Taylor, Edward Mallory) in from Honolulu, in Diamond Head, 1963.

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