Don Taylor Biography (1920-1998)
See index for CTFT sketch: Born December 13, 1920, in Pittsburgh, PA;died of heart failure on December 29, 1998, in Los Angeles, CA. Actor, director, and screenwriter. Don Taylor had a long career in the entertainment industry first working as an actor, then a director, and later as a television screenwriter. Taylor was educated at Penn State University, where alumni from the entertainment field encouraged him to try his luck in Hollywood. After securing a contract with MGM, Taylor later won a lead role in a production of Winged Victory(1944) and appeared in subsequent film productions. After serving in World War Two, Taylor took a staring role in Naked City andadditional roles in films like Submarine Command and Stalag Seventeen. In the late 1950s Taylor began his directing career and directed over15 films and 400 television dramas. His credits include Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Damien: Omen II. His screenplay for the television show The Night They Tore Down Riley's Bar was nominated for anEmmy Award.
- Birth Details
- December 13, 1920
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
- Death Details
- December 29, 1998
- Los Angeles, California, United States
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES
- Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, ninth edition, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York), 1988.
- Los Angeles Times, December 31, 1998, p. A23.
- New York Times, January 2, 1999, p. C6.
- Washington Post, January 1, 1999, p. B6.