William Desmond Taylor

William Cunningham Deane-Tanner
04/26/1872 - 02/2/1922

Born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner in Corlaw, Ireland on April 26, 1872, William Desmond Taylor was probably best known as a director, and his fame continues today due to the mysterious circumstances of his murder. Taylor's career began as a vaudeville actor in the Beck Stock Company, and by 1914, he began directing. Over the next eight years, he directed more than fifty films. On Feb. 2, 1922, Taylor was shot by an unknown assailant; his murder remains unsolved.

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Male
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Notable Roles: 
Jack Phillip in "The Night Before Christmas"
Col. Charles Prescott in "Held by the Enemy"
Sources: 
Special to The New,York Times. (1922, Feb 03). MOVIE DIRECTOR FOUND MURDERED IN LOS ANGELES. New York Times (1857-1922) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/99608270?accountid=14784 Long, Bruce. (1994 Nov). Taylorology. Issue 23. Flom, Eric L. Silent Film on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. Print.