Jeff Richards (baseball player/actor)
Richards as Buck Winston in The Opposite Sex (1956).
|Born||Richard Mansfield Taylor
November 1, 1924
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||July 28, 1989
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Baseball player, actor|
|Years active||1946-1949 (Baseball, shortstop)
1948-1966 (film and television)
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Sibre (m. 1954–55) (divorced)
Vickie Taylor (1955-?)
Jeff Richards (November 1, 1924 – July 28, 1989), was an American minor league baseball player with the Portland Beavers, who later became an actor. He was sometimes credited as Dick Taylor and Richard Taylor.
Early life and career
After the war was over, Richard Taylor played shortstop for the Portland Beavers for a year and then for the Salem Senators; however, his baseball career ended after he tore his ligament and was unable to play anymore.
He then went to Hollywood to pursue a film career. He got a screen test at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and the studio changed his name to Jeff Richards. The former baseball player started his acting career during the late 1940s with mostly bit parts, but in 1950 he played a strong role, displaying his baseball skills as Bob Langdon in Kill the Umpire and later as Dave Rothberg in Angels in the Outfield (1951).
He is best known for his role as Benjamin Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Following this performance, he tied with George Nader and Joe Adams for the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. Despite this, his acting career soon floundered.
Richards was one of the male supporting roles amid an all-star cast of actresses in The Opposite Sex (1956). His leading roles came in several low-budget films, including the western The Marauders, the rodeo drama Born Reckless, the mad-scientist story Island of Lost Women and the underwater adventure The Secret of the Purple Reef, each of which had little or no impact.
In 1958, on television, Richards played the title role in the NBC western television series Jefferson Drum, the story of a crusading journalist, with Eugene Martin portraying his young son. The series was cancelled after twenty-six episodes aired over two seasons.
His last role was in 1966 as Kallen in the film Waco.
He was married to Vickie Taylor and they had one child before they divorced.
- Waco (1966)
- The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)
- Island of Lost Women (1959)
- Born Reckless (1958)
- Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
- The Opposite Sex (1956)
- It's a Dog's Life (1955)
- The Marauders (1955)
- Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
- Seagulls Over Sorrento (1954)
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
- Big Leaguer (1953)
- Code Two (1953)
- Battle Circus (1953)
- Above and Beyond (1952)
- The Sellout (1952)
- Desperate Search (1952)
- Angels in the Outfield (1951)
- Kill the Umpire (1950)
- The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
- The Big Punch (1948)
- see "Richard M. Taylor" in http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
- "Jefferson Drum". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
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