Happy Birthday, Robert Taylor!

Happy Birthday, Robert Taylor

On August 5, 1911 a movie star was born.  His name was Spangler Arlington Brugh.  MGM changed it to Robert Taylor.  For 3 decades Robert Taylor brought quality entertainment to the public.  He changed from gorgeous leading man to an incredibly versatile actor who could believably portray almost anything.   Here are some examples of his extraordinary versatility.

Armand Duval in “Camille,” 1936. This film brought Mr. Taylor to superstardom (1936 was “the year of Robert Taylor” according to a British Newspaper.)


“The Crowd Roars,” 1938. This was the first of several films made to toughen up Mr. Taylor’s image. He was a most convincing “pug.”

“Johnny Eager,” 1941. Mr. Taylor plays a ruthless gangster who plays fast and loose with Lana Turner.

“Bataan,” 1943. Bill Dane is a doomed soldier who fights to the death. Not long after this, Mr. Taylor entered the Navy and served for the duration of World War II.

“High Wall,” 1947. Mr. Taylor plays an injured veteran who is accused of killing his wife and confined to a mental hospital. It is a role that is totally against type and done beautifully.

“Quo Vadis,” 1950. Robert Taylor is the hero of the “most colossal movie ever made.” He holds his own against a gaggle of celebrated English actors.

“Ivanhoe,” 1952. This is the first of three films in which Mr. Taylor portrayed the “parfait gentle knight.” The other two are “Knights of the Round Table” and “Quentin Durward.”

“Rogue Cop,” 1954. Mr. Taylor is a crooked cop who turns on his gangland masters when they kill his brother. Toughness never looked so good.

“The Law and Jake Wade,” 1958. Mr. Taylor loved Westerns and did a number of them. From 1959-1962 he concentrated on his TV show “The Detectives.”

“Cattle King,” 1963. This was Robert Taylor’s last picture for MGM, his long time studio. The behind-the-scenes people made his name gigantic in the credits.

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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7 Responses to Happy Birthday, Robert Taylor!

  1. fulvia says:

    Happy birthday to Robert Taylor.
    He was a big star and a beautiful man!


  2. Kathy King says:

    I always remember his birthday exactly seven days after mine – which makes us both “Leos.” We don’t get as many of his films in Britain as are shown in the U.S. I agree with you that he was a big star, Fulvia, you must be very proud of him.


    • fulvia says:

      I’m Italian. Form us, Taylor sas sell known in the fifties dir ‘ Quo Vadis’ but Now the tv no longer trasmits già movies. But I have many of his movies in dvd. I love Robert Taylor as actor and as man. Fulvia.


  3. Prego, Fulvia. Judith


  4. June Alexander says:

    Nicely put Judith, as always.


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