Tate Taylor

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Tate Taylor
Tate Taylor by Ken Kochey.jpg
Taylor in 2011
Born (1969-06-03) June 3, 1969 (age 51)
OccupationDirector, writer, producer, actor

Tate Taylor (born June 3, 1969) is an American filmmaker and actor. A frequent collaborator with his friends and prolific character actresses Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer, Taylor is best known for directing The Help (2011), Get on Up (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016).

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he grew up.[citation needed]


Taylor worked for 15 years in New York City and Los Angeles. Though he debuted as a feature film director in Pretty Ugly People (2008), he was primarily an actor for most of his career, in films such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and Winter's Bone (2010), and on television in series such as Charmed, Six Feet Under, and The Drew Carey Show.

Taylor achieved mainstream success when he directed the film The Help (2011), based on Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help. Stockett gave him rights to make the film adaptation in June 2008, before the book was published.[1] In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, the film was a major commercial success, earning more than $200 million worldwide, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Tate Taylor has been nominated for and received industry awards including the 2013 Vail Film Festival Vanguard Award, the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, the 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, the 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture and for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture, and the 2011 Chicago Film Critics Association nomination.[2] Taylor next directed the James Brown biopic Get on Up (2014), which starred Chadwick Boseman. Though the film was a critical success, it commercially underperformed. His next project The Girl on the Train, an adaption of the book by Paula Hawkins, was released to mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success.

In August 2018, Taylor was announced to be directing Jessica Chastain in action thriller film Ava. Taylor replaced original director Matthew Newton, who stepped down after controversy over allegations of domestic violence and assault.[3] In October 2018, Taylor was also announced to be helming the film Breaking News in Yuba County, starring frequent collaborator Allison Janney.[4]

In May 2019, Taylor released psychological horror film Ma, starring frequent collaborator Octavia Spencer. The film, produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner, was a critical and commercial success. That same month, Fox ordered Taylor's first television project, Filthy Rich, to series. An American adaption of the New Zealand series starring Kim Cattrall, it is set to premiere in spring 2020.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is openly gay and is in relationship with producer John Norris.[6] He resides on the Wyolah Plantation, an Antebellum plantation in Church Hill, Mississippi.[7][8]



Year Title Director Producer Writer
2003 Chicken Party Yes Yes Yes
2008 Pretty Ugly People Yes Yes Yes
2011 The Help Yes Executive Yes
2014 Get On Up Yes Yes No
2016 The Girl on the Train Yes No No
2019 Ma Yes Yes Yes
2020 Ava Yes No No
2021 Breaking News in Yuba County Yes Yes No


Year Title Director Executive
Writer Notes
2015 Grace and Frankie Yes Yes No Episode "Pilot"
2020 Filthy Rich Yes Yes Yes Developer

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Casey
1999 Charmed Applicant #3 Episode "The Painted World"
2001 Planet of the Apes Friend at Leo's Party
Six Feet Under Job Applicant #1 Episode "The New Person"
2002 I Spy Lieutenant Percy
The Drew Carey Show Jim Episode "The Dawn Patrol"
2003 A.U.S.A. Gung-Ho A.U.S.A. Episode "Pilot"
Chicken Party Luke Smith
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Attendant
2005 Queer as Folk Calvin Episode "We Will Survive!"
Wannabe Gunner Dillyn
2008 Pretty Ugly People George's boyfriend
Sordid Lives: The Series Richie Miller 3 episodes
2010 Winter's Bone Mike Satterfield
2019 Ma Officer Grainger

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Artist Chicken Party
Pretty Ugly People
The Help
Get on Up
The Girl on the Train
Breaking News in Yuba County
Total roles
Octavia Spencer Laqueta Mills Mary Minny Jackson Aunt Honey Washington   "Ma" Sue Ann   5
Melissa McCarthy Tot Wagner Becky   2
Allison Janney Barbara Strasser Suzanne Charlotte Phelan Kathy DS. Riley Dr. Brooks   Sue Bottoms 7
Missi Pyle   Lucy   Mercedes   2
Josh Hopkins   George   Ralph Bass   2
Viola Davis   Aibileen Clark Susie Brown   2
Jessica Chastain   Celia Rae Foote   Ava   2
Nelsan Ellis   Henry Bobby Byrd   2
Aunjanue Ellis   Yule May Davis Vicki Anderson   2
Ahna O'Reilly   Elizabeth Leefolt Reporter   2
Luke Evans   Scott Hipwell Ben   2
Chris Lowell   Stuart Whitworth   Steve 2
Juliette Lewis   Erica Thompson   Gloria Michaels 2
Diana Silvers   Maggie Thompson Camille   2
Dominic Burgess   Stu   Captain Riggens 2
Sharen Davis     Costume Designer Costume Designer         2
Stephen Goldblatt     Cinematographer Cinematographer     Cinematographer   3
Scott Millan     Re-recording Sound Mixer Re-recording Sound Mixer Re-recording Sound Mixer       3
Thomas Newman     Composer Composer         2
Mark Ricker     Production Designer Production Designer         2
Michael McCusker       Picture Editor Picture Editor       2


  1. ^ Hickman, Angela (August 10, 2011). "Q&A: The Help hits close to home for director Tate Taylor". National Post. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Tate Taylor – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (August 27, 2018). "Tate Taylor Replaces Matthew Newton as Director of Jessica Chastain's 'Eve'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (October 26, 2018). "Allison Janney, Laura Dern to Star in Tate Taylor's 'Breaking News in Yuba County'". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Pedersen, Erik (October 24, 2019). "Fox Midseason Premiere Dates: 'Last Man Standing', 'Flirty Dancing', 'Deputy', 'Duncanville' & More". Deadline.
  6. ^ Reed, Julia (February 2, 2016). "Tate Taylor, The Help Director, Renovates an 1830s Mississippi Mansion". Architectural Digest. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Gregory, Vanessa (August 2011). "The Help Director – Tate Taylor". Garden and Gun. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Tour History Shows Will Continue Filming in North Carolina Despite Anti-LGBT Law". The Hollywood Reporter.

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