William Desmond Taylor

William Desmond Taylor

Actor + Director
Born Apr 26, 1872

William Desmond Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s. Taylor's murder on 1 February 1922, along with other Hollywood scandals, such as the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, led to a frenzy of sensationalistic and often fabricated newspaper reports.… Read More

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1872 Birth Born on April 26, 1872.


1890 18 Years Old In 1890, Taylor left Ireland for a dude ranch in Kansas. … Read More


1901 29 Years Old The Episcopalian ceremony took place on 7 December 1901, at the Little Church Around the Corner; they divorced in 1912. … Read More


Taylor's brother, Denis, a former lieutenant in the British Army and a manager of a New York antiques business, would also disappear four years later, in 1912, abandoning his wife and two children. … Read More
1914 42 Years Old Between 1914 and 1919, Taylor was engaged to actress Neva Gerber, whom he had met during the filming of The Awakening. … Read More
1917 45 Years Old Margaret Gibson was a film actress who worked with Taylor when he first came to Hollywood. In 1917, she was indicted, tried, and acquitted on charges equivalent to prostitution (there were also allegations of opium dealing), and she changed her professional name to Patricia Palmer. … Read More
1918 46 Years Old In July 1918, towards the end of World War I, Taylor enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private, at the age of 46. … Read More
Taylor was ultimately assigned to the Royal Army Service Corps of the Expeditionary Forces Canteen Service, stationed at Dunkirk, and promoted to the temporary grade of lieutenant on 15 January 1919.
1921 49 Years Old In 1921, Taylor visited his ex-wife and daughter in New York City and made Ethel Daisy his legal heir.


At 7:30 am on the morning of 2 February 1922, Taylor's body was found inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, 404-B South Alvarado Street, in Westlake, Los Angeles, a trendy and affluent neighbourhood. … Read More
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