Robert Taylor was born on August 5, 1911 and died on June 8, 1969. He was a lifelong smoker and died of lung cancer. He left behind his wife, Ursula Thiess, and two children, Terrance and Tessa. Mr. Taylor had previously been married to Barbara Stanwyck.
Mr. Taylor was an excellent actor. He should have received at least Oscar nominations for Bataan, High Wall, Quo Vadis and several others. It was believed in Hollywood that if you were exceptionally good looking, you couldn’t act. Many reviews say things like “Robert Taylor gives a surprisingly good performance.” They were always surprised.
Robert Taylor was loved by his peers, the directors he worked with and, most of all, the public. They couldn’t get enough of him. Mr. Taylor was equally good at drama and comedy although he didn’t do enough comedies.
Many Rivers To Cross, 1955
If you don’t know Robert Taylor’s work, many of his pictures are on You Tube, Turner Classic Movies or DVD.
Quo Vadis, 1950
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.