Robert Taylor was an extremely versatile actor. During the four decades of his career he played a doctor, a soldier, a gangster, an ancient Roman, a murderer, a brain damaged veteran, a cowboy, a spy, a Medieval knight, a cop, an archaeologist, a playboy, a special agent, a buffalo hunter, a sailor, a boxer, a pilot, an engineer, a smuggler, a yacht captain, a butler, a songwriter, a Broadway producer, a riding school head, an FBI man, a student, a Marshall and many more. Robert Taylor starred in 77 films, 2 TV series and many radio plays. He was the first top level star to appear on television–on the Ed Sullivan show in 1952 to promote a film. Mr. Taylor was a guest on both radio and television programs, including What’s My Line. He made a number of print ads and one television commercial (with his wife Ursula Thiess).
In his private life, Robert Taylor was married twice: first to actress Barbara Stanwyck from 1939 to 1951; then to German actress Ursula Thiess from 1954 to his death in 1969. The term most people used to describe him was “gentleman.” Mr. Taylor was extremely professional and well liked by his fellow actors and the crews of his films.
Robert Taylor and Ursula Thiess had two children; a son named Terrence and a daughter called Tessa.
During the second World War Robert Taylor served as a Navy pilot trainer and narrated and produced 17 training films. Mr. Taylor was a conservative politically and closely associated with Ronald Reagan, campaigning for Mr. Reagan in his California gubernatorial campaign.
To sum it up:
(Robert Taylor) was a true gentleman and a finer artist than he would admit to himself or to others. He was well educated, socially tactful, kind and highly intelligent….An American to the core, he loved his land, kept the faith and looked for the best.” (L.J. Quirk, The Films of Robert Taylor, 1975, page 11, 12.)