Forrest Taylor

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Forrest Taylor
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Born E. Forrest Taylor
(1883-12-29)December 29, 1883
Bloomington, Illinois
Died February 19, 1965(1965-02-19) (aged 81)
Garden Grove, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 19151963
Spouse(s) Ada Daniels (? - ?)
Children 1 son
1 daughter
Parent(s) Mr. and Mrs. Chris Taylor

Forrest Taylor (December 29, 1883 – February 19, 1965) was an American character actor whose artistic career spanned six different decades, from silents through talkies to the advent of color.

Early years[edit]

Taylor was born E. Forrest Taylor in Bloomington, Illinois.[1] His father managed the Dreamland Theatre in Kewanee, Illinois, and a news item in 1916 reported, "Manager Chris Taylor of Dreamland at Kewanee features his son, E. Forrest Taylor, in Western pictures every Monday."[2]



Taylor was a veteran of the stage by the time he started appearing as a silent lead in both short and feature-length films. His talents extended beyond acting to include management. The Richfield Reaper, in a January 23, 1908, article, wrote about Taylor's efforts with the Empire Amusement Company, saying, "Mr. Taylor certainly deserves success as when he took hold of the company it was badly disorganized and in debt, but he has brought order out of the chaos and is now in good shape ..."[3]

A newspaper article published in The Arizona Republic on October 13, 1922, described Taylor and Anne Berryman as "two of the best known players in the western portion of the country."[4] At that time, Taylor headed his own troupe after having spent nine months with the Majestic Theatre Players in Los Angeles.[4]

Taylor's Broadway credits include Open House (1947) and We, the People (1932).[5]


Taylor essayed prime roles in the films The Terror of Twin Mountains (1915), Sunset Country (1915), April (1916), True Nobility (1916) and The Abandonment (1916), before joining the army during World War I. He would not return to films until 1926, appearing in A Poor Girl's Romance.

During the 1930s, Taylor became entrenched as a supporting player in B-westerns and several cliffhanger serials, often playing either the action or brains heavy roles. As he grew older and grayer, Taylor migrated to nice guy roles, such as the father of the heroine, a lawman, or a scientist.

Taylor is identified in about 400 films, including 325 sound era films and of those, 201 are westerns and 36 are chapterplays, according to the Internet Movie Database. As well, his credits at Republic Pictures number about 75 for the period 1937-1953 (most all of these are B-westerns and serials).

His last film was Bitter Creek (1954).[1]


After the westerns and serials faded Taylor migrated to television work. From 1952 through 1954, he costarred as Grandpa Fisher on the religious TV series This is the Life. He retired in 1963 after filming an episode of Ripcord.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was married to actress Ada Daniels, and the two appeared together in stage productions. They had a son and a daughter.[6]


Taylor died of natural causes on February 19, 1965, in Garden Grove, California, at the age of 81.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]



Television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 368. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  2. ^ The Moving Picture World. World Photographic Publishing Company. 1916. p. 277. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Amusements". The Richfield Reaper. Utah, Richfield. January 23, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b "Stock Satellites to Open Columbia Season Wednesday". Arizona Republic. Arizona, Phoenix. October 13, 1922. p. 15. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "("Forrest Taylor" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ada Daniels Taylor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. January 3, 1952. p. 12. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read

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