Tay Garnett

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Tay Garnett
Born William Taylor Garnett
(1894-06-13)June 13, 1894
Los Angeles, United States
Died October 3, 1977(1977-10-03) (aged 83)
Sawtell, California, United States
Occupation Film director, writer
Years active 1920–1975

William Taylor "Tay" Garnett (June 13, 1894 – October 3, 1977) was an American film director and writer.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Garnett served as a naval aviator in World War I and entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1920. He was a gag writer for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, then joined Pathé and began to direct films in 1928. Among his films are One Way Passage (1932), China Seas (1935), Eternally Yours (1939), Seven Sinners (1940), Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941), The Cross of Lorraine (1943), and Bataan (1943). He is best known as the director of the 1946 thriller The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring John Garfield and Lana Turner. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming, was also well received. Garnett also worked in radio as a writer, director and narrator. He created the program "Three Sheets to the Wind" (1942), which starred John Wayne as Dan O'Brien, an American private eye posing as a drunk on a luxury liner sailing from England in 1939.

Garnett directied one of Loretta Young's last theatrical films, Cause for Alarm!, in 1951. He travelled to the United Kingdom in the early 1950s for a few films. Upon his return to the United States, he worked mainly in television in popular series such as The Loretta Young Show, Wagon Train, Laramie, The Untouchables, Naked City, Rawhide, and Bonanza.

Garnett was married to the actress Mari Aldon. He died of leukemia in Sawtelle, California, at the age of 83. He is survived by his daughter, Tiela Aldon Garnett, his only child.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Garnett published the book Directing: Learn from the Masters[1] and an autobiography, Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights.[2]


  1. ^ Garnett, Tay (1996). Directing: Learn from the Masters. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3046-9.
  2. ^ Amazon: Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights. ISBN 0-87000-204-X.

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