Robert Taylor Died on June 8, 1969

June 8, 2021 is the 52nd anniversary of Robert Taylor’s death. As a personal tribute to him, these are two of my favorite Taylor photos.


The top photo is from 1935 and the second one approximately 20 years later.

Robert Taylor was a talented and skilled actor, a true professional, a gentleman, a patriot who served in the Navy in World War II. His career lasted for three decades on the screen and television. He was a good husband and father with his second wife, Ursula Thiess.

Mr. Taylor was extremely versatile. He could play playboys, soldiers, gangsters, a Roman general, a mental patient, medieval “parfait gentle knights.” cops, Broadway producers, frontiersmen, businessmen, lawyers, a cowboy (his favorite) and always, as Ava Gardner put it, “a perfect gentle lover.”

Robert Taylor was without ego, never totally left his roots in rural Nebraska, never pushed himself forward. We could use more like him in Hollywood today.

In 1960 he entered politics, campaigning for Ronald Reagan for Governor of California. He also campaigned for other Republicans.

Robert Taylor was married twice, first to Barbara Stanwyck and secondly to Ursula Thiess. With Ms. Thiess, he had two children, Terry and Tessa.

Mr. Taylor was a heavy smoker, which caused his death from lung cancer at age 57. He was cremated and his ashes are in the Forest Lawn cemetery, with his beloved Ursula, who died 40 years later. RIP

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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18 Responses to Robert Taylor Died on June 8, 1969

  1. Karen M Roth says:

    I like both pictures he sure was beautiful. I especially like the second one he is more mature like myself I can relate better. I have a big picture of him in my home I just love. I just wish it was a different time for and different place for in his life and mine.
    Karen Bay City Michigan

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  2. Karen M Roth says:

    Love both pictures

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  3. lvaropelayo says:

    God bless him, Dear Robert Taylor

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  4. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening,

    Immensely happy to find his most valuable, portraits and Forest Lawn cemetery photos here.
    It is very astonishing to find him with only a little change in him in 20 years.

    His most famous movie Quo Vadis released in 1951, was the first English movie in my life and I was 6 years old. I always remember that BUll fight by Buddy Baer.

    His contribution to the Film industry earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

    He remains immortal in our hearts forever and ever.

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    • giraffe44 says:

      Hi, Uma. I love Quo Vadis and am glad that you do too. Mr. Taylor remains in many hearts even to this day, including mine. Thanks for writing. Judith


      • Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

        Good Evening,

        Greatly appreciate your quick response. and so kind of you.
        He lives in everyone’s heart, who are familiar with his life history.
        A lot can be written about him.

        This blog of yours with the comments from readers and replies by you is very valuable and also a great source to study his life history.

        His movies and the articles like this from you and others, always take us back to those golden days of the true past, making the eyes wet with sweet memories as well as for missing them.
        Finally, I just want to say, He remains immortal.
        Thank you.

        Regards and blessings.

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  5. Andrew Dock says:

    Such a Special Star 🌟 in the traditional sense of the word when American society beleved in mythic heroes.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. giraffe44 says:

    Hi, Andrew, nice to hear from you again. We so desperately need real mythic heroes, not comic book characters. Mr. Taylor was a very special star and special person. Judith


    • Andrew Dock says:

      Very odd that when I was growing up in the 70s comic book heroes were people you grew out of as you grew up. Today you are supposed to enjoy watching them even if you are in your 50s as I am and I don’t.
      Yes I am back again asked my web designer to save my website of line till covid goes away then put it back up on line no point in paying for the site on the web. When I cant update it due to the need for free WiFi in the library where I do my research. I am stuck at home with a smartphone and fees for Landscape Gardening & Horticultural to pay for even though its postponed till September in a change of career.
      Reading your site bring a smile to my face as its such a beautiful blog.


      • giraffe44 says:

        Great to have you back, Andrew, even if only by e-mail. In Florida the virus seems to be going away. There are very few restrictions except by private businesses who can do what they want. I haven’t worn a mask for a while. I am fully vaccinated, though. I agree with you about comic book heroes. I don’t like watching some movie makers’ concept of Superman and others. I have my memories from long ago and they do fine. Judith


  7. Jen says:

    It makes me sad that Robert Taylor didn’t live longer. He was a great versatile actor and a decent man. He is my all time favorite!

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  8. June Alexander says:

    Thank you Judith for a wonderful tribute to our beloved Robert Taylor. I “fell” in love with him when I was 14 and being 84 now, makes it 70 years of watching, reading and celebrating this man’s life.
    You must be so proud that your blog has reached so many of his fans and given them so much enjoyment. Sorry this has been a late comment, but things have been a bit hectic down here. Comments on your blog are forwarded on to me so at least I can keep aware with your blog input comments. Hope you are still well and recovered as well as possible from your fall.
    Cheers from Down Under


  9. giraffe44 says:

    June, great to hear from you. Don’t you get the blog any more? I miss hearing from you, although at 84 you’re enitled to do anything you want. My very best wishes and thank you for the comments. Judith


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