Monday, April 5, 2010

Robert Taylor: "The Man with the Perfect Profile".

Robert Taylor's, first leading role was Magnificent Obsession(1935), with Irene Dunne. This was followed by Camille(1936), opposite Greta Garbo.

Robert Taylor, performed in A Yank at Oxford (1938), with Vivien Leigh.

He re teamed with Vivien Leigh, in Waterloo Bridge (1940).

After being given the nickname "The Man with the Perfect Profile", Taylor began performing in darker roles: Billy Bonney, in Billy the Kid and the film noir, Johnny Eager, opposite Lana Turner.

After playing in Bataan(1943), Taylor became a flying instructor in U.S. Naval Air Corps. During this time, he also performed in instructional films and narrated documentary, The Fighting Lady(1944).

Robert Taylor first performance with Elizabeth Taylor, was in the movie Conspirator(1949). In 1950, Taylor played the role of General Marcus Vinicius, in Quo Vadis, opposite Deborah Kerr.

The following year, he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Ivanhoe, followed by Knights of the Round Table (1953) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward.

He performed in a comedy western co-starring Eleanor Parker called, Many Rivers To Cross (1955).

He shared lead with Richard Widmark in, The Law and Jake Wade.

In 1958, he formed Robert Taylor Productions, and the following year, he starred in the television series The Detectives (1959–1962). Following the end of the series in 1962, Taylor performed in films and television, A House Is Not a Home and two episodes of Hondo.

In 1965, after filming Johnny Tiger, Taylor took over the role of narrator in the television series Death Valley Days. Taylor would remain with the series until he became too ill to continue working.

In February 1944, Taylor helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

After performing with actress Barbara Stanwyck in the film This Is My Affair(1937), the two were married in 1939- 1951.

One of the Robert Taylor movies I really want to see is, Personal Property(1937), with Jean Harlow. It is the last film she finished.


  1. Dawn , The first Robert Taylor film I remember seeing as a kid was Batann, I can't remember how many times I've seen it . Channel 11 in Southern Ca, had a lager collection of MGM films and it seemed that they ran it every other weekend.One of my favorites that TCM is running and you did not mention is Stand By For Action.

  2. Paul, I will add, Stand By For Action, to my "gotta see list".

  3. Dawn It's on TCM April 13th. Check Local listings.

  4. Paul, Thank you... I'm looking forward to it.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.