Actor Robert Taylor

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 13, 2003

A group of us "senior citizens" would really appreciate anything you can tell us about our favorite actor, Robert Taylor.
—Katheryn W., Oregon

The handsome leading man died in 1969 of cancer at age 57. Robert Taylor's big break was his role as a reckless playboy opposite Irene Dunne in Magnificent Obsession. Born Spangler Arlington Brugh in Filley, Neb., Taylor was once billed as "The Man with the Perfect Profile." Taylor, who played the cello in his school band, studied music in college before becoming an actor. He became a top romantic lead and one of the most popular actors of the 1930s. Taylor married actress Barbara Stanwyck in 1939, and the couple remained friends even though they divorced in 1951. His second wife, and widow, is actress Ursula Thiess. Taylor turned to television in 1959, playing police detective Matt Holbrook in The Dectectives from 1959 to 1962. He replaced actor Ronald Reagan as the narrator of the Western show Death Valley Days when Reagan opted for a full-time political career. Other movie roles included Armand opposite screen legend Greta Garbo in Camille, and Waterloo Bridge opposite Vivien Leigh.