Taylor in 1911
Edwin Forrest Taylor
December 29, 1883
|Died||February 19, 1965 (aged 81)|
|Spouse(s)||Ada Daniels (? - ?)|
|Parent(s)||Mr. and Mrs. Chris Taylor|
Edwin 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 films.
Taylor was born in Bloomington, Illinois. 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."
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 ..."
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." At that time, Taylor headed his own troupe after having spent nine months with the Majestic Theatre Players in Los Angeles.
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).
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. In 1960 Taylor appeared as the Minister on the TV western Cheyenne in the episode titled "The Long Rope." He retired in 1963 after filming an episode of Ripcord.
Taylor was married to actress Ada Daniels, and the two appeared together in stage productions. They had a son and a daughter.
- The Abandonment (1916) (film debut)
- No Man's Gold (1926)
- The Death Kiss (1932)
- Turn Back the Clock (1933)
- One Man's Journey (1933)
- Riders of Destiny (1933)
- The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934)
- The Gilded Lily (1935)
- Shadow of Doubt (1935)
- Mississippi (1935)
- Between Men (1935)
- The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935)
- Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
- Heroes of the Hills (1938)
- Meet Dr. Christian (1939)
- Young Tom Edison (1940)
- Boys of the City (1940)
- That Gang of Mine (1940)
- Flying Wild (1941)
- Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
- The Spoilers (1942)
- In Old California (1942)
- Thundering Trails (1943)
- Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
- Air Raid Wardens (1943)
- Sweethearts of the U.S.A. (1944)
- Wilson (1944)
- Rockin' in the Rockies (1945)
- Trail Street (1947)
- The Sea of Grass (1947)
- Unconquered (1947)
- Albuquerque (1948)
- Return of the Bad Men (1948)
- The Golden Eye (1948)
- South of St. Louis (1949)
- Montana (1950)
- Johnny One-Eye (1950)
- Winchester '73 (1950)
- Close to My Heart (1951)
- Lone Star (1952)
- Rancho Notorious (1952)
- Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
- Flaming Feather (1952)
- The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
- Untamed Frontier (1952)
- Gunsmoke (1953) - Cal (uncredited)
- Iron Mountain Trail (1953) - Sam Sawyer
- The Lost Planet (1953, Serial) - Prof. Edmund Dorn
- The Marshal's Daughter (1953) - Uncle Jed (uncredited)
- Calamity Jane (1953) - Mcpherson - Minister (uncredited)
- Bitter Creek (1954) - Harley Pruett
- The Boy from Oklahoma (1954) - Doctor (uncredited)
- Rails Into Laramie (1954) - Hank (uncredited)
- Ring of Fear (1954) - Psychiatrist (uncredited)
- Dawn at Socorro (1954) - Jebb Hayes
- Footsteps in the Night (1957) - Shaw, Sunset Vista Manager (uncredited)
- Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) - Miracle Man (uncredited)
- The Book of Acts Series (1957) - Ananias
- The FBI Story (1959) - Wedding Minister (uncredited) (final film)
- Cheyenne (1960) - Minister on episode "The Long Rope"
- The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)
- Dick Tracy Returns (1938)
- The Phantom Creeps (1939)
- The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939)
- The Oregon Trail (1939, Serial)
- Terry and the Pirates (1940, Serial)
- Deadwood Dick (1940)
- The Green Archer (1940, Serial)
- The Spider Returns (1941, Serial)
- The Iron Claw (1941)
- King of the Texas Rangers (1941)
- Sea Raiders (1941)
- Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941, Serial)
- Perils of the Royal Mounted (1942)
- Perils of Nyoka (1942)
- King of the Mounties (1942)
- The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942)
- The Desert Hawk (1944, Serial)
- Haunted Harbor (1944)
- Zorro's Black Whip (1944)
- Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)
- The Crimson Ghost (1946)
- The Black Widow (1947, Serial)
- Superman (1948, Serial) - Leeds [Chs. 3-4]
- Tex Granger (1948)
- Bruce Gentry (1949)
- The Cisco Kid (1950-1953) - Red Bell / Sheriff / Reverend Calvin Whitacre / Rev. William Smiley / Norman Slade, Cattle Inspector / Nugget City Sheriff / John Warren, Railroad President / Replaced by Leary / Sheriff / Hale, Durado Banker
- The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1952) - Old Ira Beecher
- The Roy Rogers Show (1952-1955) - Joe Salem / Al Houston / Beaver Gramps Jones aka Gramps / Ned Virges / Sheriff / Doc Seavers
- Hopalong Cassidy (1954) - Judge Edwards
- Annie Oakley (1954) - Ed Willis / Dr. Thomas Moody
- The Gene Autry Show (1954) - Jim Saunders / Rancher Eli
- Lassie (1955-1961) - Dr. Spencer / Judge Amos Porter
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1955)
- Four Star Playhouse (1955) - Dr. Washburn
- Medic (1955) - Dr. Marvin
- My Friend Flicka (1956) - Saginaw / Judge Spencer
- Official Detective (1957) - Hunter
- The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1956-1957) - Todd / Col. Fentress
- Matinee Theatre (1957) - Jacob
- The Lineup (1958) - Jake Duncan
- Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1958) - Dr. Caslin
- The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959) - Julius Valentine
- Man Without a Gun (1959) - Doc Brannon
- Tales of Wells Fargo (1959-1960) - Pop Kyle / Mr. Monroe
- Maverick (1960) - Proprietor
- Wanted: Dead or Alive (1960) - Dr. Russell (uncredited)
- M Squad (1960) - Pop Larsen (uncredited)
- Lawman (1960) - Sheriff Dawson
- Bonanza (1960–1962) - John / Rancher
- Ripcord (1963) - Martin Seims
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- "Amusements". The Richfield Reaper. Utah, Richfield. January 23, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Stock Satellites to Open Columbia Season Wednesday". Arizona Republic. Arizona, Phoenix. October 13, 1922. p. 15. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Ada Daniels Taylor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. January 3, 1952. p. 12. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.