Jud Taylor

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Jud Taylor
Born Judson Taylor
(1932-02-25)February 25, 1932
New York City, New York
Died August 6, 2008(2008-08-06) (aged 76)
New York City, New York
Other names Alan Smithee
Occupation Actor, television director, television producer

Judson "Jud" Taylor (February 25, 1932 – August 6, 2008) was an American actor, television director and television producer.


Taylor is perhaps best known for his directorial work on 1960s television classics such as Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mannix. He also performed as an actor in small parts on shows such as The Fugitive, Harbourmaster, and Gunsmoke before taking up directing. He appeared twice as Red Magruder in the syndicated military drama Men of Annapolis. He also played the part of Goff in The Great Escape.

Taylor was vice-president of the Directors Guild of America from 1977 to 1981, and president from 1981 to 1983.

He died in New York City, following a long illness.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]




  • Return to Earth (1976)
  • Woman of the Year (1976)
  • Incident at Crestridge (1981)
  • A Holiday to Remember (1995)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1977 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Tail Gunner Joe
1988 Won Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Foxfire (Shared with Frederic B. Blankfein, John Eyler & Murray Schwartz)
2003 Won Directors Guild of America Award Robert B. Aldrich Award for Extraordinary Service to the Guild


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