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He first made his mark as an actor on Australian soap opera Home and Away. Since then he has appeared in multiple guest roles and TV movies; additionally narrating Death Valley Days on television; portraying Father Vincent Sheehan in Ballykissangel.
Early Life and Education
Taylor was born in Washington, DC and later placed into foster care. He attended Capitol Page School before serving on Capitol Hill as a congressional page, participating in theatre performances, and winning multiple oratory awards.
Taylor made his screen debut in 1934 as a minor character in Handy Andy, then his breakthrough came when MGM’s short subject Buried Loot lead actor became sick and Taylor took over his role in Buried Loot as its lead. From there on in, Taylor would appear in several other movies such as A Yank at Oxford and Waterloo Bridge before dying of liver cancer at age 72 in 1956.
After leaving MGM in 1958, Taylor moved on to television series. He appeared in two episodes of Hondo and established Robert Taylor Productions – remaining an actor until his death from lung cancer at 57.
Taylor was an iconic matinee idol in the 1930s, appearing in numerous romantic and adventure films as well as Westerns and Academy Award-winning documentaries. Additionally, he was an avid skeetshooter and pilot – owning his own private Beechcraft aircraft.
His teenage years saw him working as a miner, lifeguard and bouncer before enrolling three times at university. Upon marrying Australian film producer Ayisha Davies – famous for producing movies such as 2007’s The Bloody Sweet Hit and 2009’s Coffin Rock. – his professional journey flourished.
Taylor has provided voice work for shows such as Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp and Garfield and Friends. His father Paul played football professionally in the 1990s; Taylor has often spoken of his Finnish heritage and its connection to football.
Achievement and Honors
Taylor has appeared in over 80 films and TV shows as both actor and voice role. He has provided voice work for such works as Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Garfield and Friends and The Addams Family and animated series Chatterbox! and The Gong Show Movie.
In the late 1930s he made several movies of various genres, such as Broadway Melody in 1936 and 1938 and A Yank at Oxford with Vivien Leigh. During World War II he strongly advocated American entry into the conflict while opposing isolationism.
On April 16, CSUN honored Taylor with its highest honour: the Distinguished Alumni Award. In his acceptance speech, Taylor extended thanks to his family, mentors Landis and Ainsworth from CSUN, his wife, as well as alma mater CSUN.
Robert Taylor (Spangler Arlington Brugh Taylor in his early years), later known by his full name Robert, displayed an array of talents as early as high school in Nebraska where he excelled in track and field while showing an aptitude for public speaking, winning several oratory awards along the way.
Taylor first made headlines as a lead actor by chance in 1934 when an actor hired for MGM film Buried Loot became sick and was unable to appear. Taylor was asked to fill his place instead and his dramatic performance earned him a contract for feature films.
Scott has also provided voice work for Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Garfield and Friends and Tom and Jerry: The Movie. Additionally he has appeared on various television programs as a regular panelist such as Hollywood Squares, Gong Show and To Tell the Truth.
In 1934, Taylor joined MGM as a test boy, acting alongside young ingenues for screen tests. But his first leading role came about by chance. When an actor cast for Buried Loot fell ill during production, director Edgar Buchenwald sent for Taylor as an emergency replacement – his performance so impressed that MGM extended him a seven-year contract!
By the mid 1930s, Taylor had made several successful films. He made his Broadway Melody debut in 1936 and collaborated with Vivien Leigh on A Yank at Oxford. Taylor strongly opposed American isolationism and advocated joining World War II.
He later moved into darker roles, such as playing Billy the Kid or portraying a tough sergeant in Johnny Eager with Lana Turner.