Robert Taylor

Born Aug 5, 1911

Robert Taylor was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular celebrities of his time.

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1911 Birth Born on August 5, 1911.


1932 20 Years Old He joined the campus theater group and was eventually spotted by an MGM talent scout in 1932 after production of Journey's End. … Read More
1934 22 Years Old He made his film debut in the 1934 comedy, Handy Andy, starring Will Rogers (on a loan-out to 20th Century Fox). … Read More
1936 24 Years Old Throughout the late 1930s, Taylor appeared in films of varying genres including the musicals Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1938, and the British comedy A Yank at Oxford with Vivien Leigh.
1939 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor was married to actress Barbara Stanwyck from 1939 to 1951.
1940 28 Years Old In 1940, he reteamed with Leigh in Mervyn LeRoy's drama Waterloo Bridge.
1941 29 Years Old After being given the nickname "The Man with the Perfect Profile", Taylor began breaking away from his perfect leading man image and began appearing in darker roles beginning in 1941. … Read More


1943 - 1944 2 More Events
1949 37 Years Old After the war he appeared in a series of edgy roles, including Undercurrent and High Wall. In 1949, he co-starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Conspirator.
1950 38 Years Old In 1950, Taylor landed the role of General Marcus Vinicius in Quo Vadis, opposite Deborah Kerr. … Read More
1951 39 Years Old Stanwyck divorced Taylor (reportedly at his request) in February 1951. The couple had no children. Taylor met German actress Ursula Thiess in 1952. They married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on May 23, 1954. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old The following year, he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the film version of Walter Scott's classic Ivanhoe, followed by 1953's Knights of the Round Table and The Adventures of Quentin Durward, all filmed in England.
1954 42 Years Old 1 More Event
He married actress Ursula Thiess in 1954, and they had two children. … Read More
1955 43 Years Old He starred in a comedy western in 1955 co-starring Eleanor Parker, Many Rivers to Cross.
1958 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, he shared the lead with Richard Widmark in the edgy John Sturges western, The Law and Jake Wade.


1962 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 52 Years Old In 1964, Taylor co-starred with his former wife, Barbara Stanwyck, in William Castle's psychological horror film The Night Walker.
1965 53 Years Old In 1965, after filming Johnny Tiger in Florida, Taylor took over the role of narrator in the television series Death Valley Days, when Ronald Reagan left to pursue a career in politics.
On May 26, 1969, shortly before Taylor's death from lung cancer, Ursula Thiess found her son Michael's body in a West Los Angeles motel room. … Read More
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