Robert Taylor (Aus) Pays Tribute to Robert Taylor (USA)


“Longmire” Season 2: Robert Taylor salutes ‘big star’ whose name he bears.
By Jay Bobbin, May 9, 2013

Robert Taylor knows what’s in a name. The Australian actor–who begins his second season playing a highly traditional American character when he returns as the title Wyoming sheriff in “Longmire”–shares the name of a performer who was a popular member of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer’s stable of stars from the 1930s through the 1950s.

“There haven’t been any complications from that at all,” the “Longmire” Taylor tells Zap2it, “but when I was a kid, people used to mention it to me all the time.  Not as many people have heard of him these days.  You ask kids who are 20 who he is, and their eyes glaze over–but they probably couldn’t tell you who the President of the United States is either.”

Films such as Waterloo Bridge, Ivanhoe and A Yank at Oxford have kept the earlier Taylor, who died in 1969 (and was the second husband of screen legend Barbara Stanwyck), a frequent presence on Turner Classic Movies.  “He was a big star,” acknowledges the current Taylor, “and he made some great movies.”

That Taylor played a lawman on television, too, in ABC’s 1959-62 show The Detectives.  The actor who plays the typically silent-but-strong Sheriff Walt Longmire says he would like to become as well known for his work, “hopefully.”

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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