August 5th would have been Robert Taylor’s 105th Birthday. His career spanned 4 decades and he was one of the most loved and respected men in Hollywood. Mr. Taylor was also one of the most professional, putting up with all the non glamorous aspects of the movie business with good grace. For instance, an actor must go through endless wardrobe changes for a film and model each one. As an affectionate remembrance, here are photos of Mr. Taylor modeling some of his wardrobe for Quo Vadis.
In most of the photos, Robert Taylor looks bored out of his mind. He had at least 16 costume changes for the film, most of which involved heavy armor. Given the heat and humidity in Rome during the summer and the lack of air conditioning he must have been miserable.
Quo Vadis was the largest MGM project to date. It was filmed in postwar Italy and provided employment for thousands of people. The cost was $7 million. After considering others, the man they trusted to star in it as Marcus Vinicius was Robert Taylor. That says a lot.
Here is an upcoming event to celebrate Mr. Taylor and fellow Nebraska native Janet Shaw.