Robert Taylor Biography, Net Worth, Salary, Wife, Children, Death, Parents

Robert Taylor was an American film and TV actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time. He began his career in films in 1934 when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Further, he also won his first leading role the following year in Magnificent Obsession.

Robert Taylor’s Bio, Parents, Education

Robert Taylor was born on August 5, 1911, in Filley, Nebraska, United States. He was the only child of Ruth Adaline (née Stanhope) and Spangler Andrew Brugh, a farmer turned doctor. There is no information about his siblings. He holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnic background. During his childhood, the family moved several times, living in Muskogee, Oklahoma; Kirksville, Missouri; and Fremont, Nebraska. In the year September 1917, the Bruges had moved to Beatrice, Nebraska, where they remained for 16 years. In his teenager, Taylor was a track and field star and played the cello in his high school orchestra.  Regarding his graduation, he enrolled at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. While at Doane, Taylor took cello lessons from Professor Herbert E. Gray, whom he admired and idolized. After that, he was accepting a new position at Pomona College in Claremont, he moved to California and enrolled at Pomona. Then he joined the campus theater group and was eventually spotted by an MGM talent scout in 1932 after production of Journey’s End.

Net Worth of Robert Taylor?

Robert Taylor was very successful in his career and he had a great net worth of $3 million dollars at his time. However, he had not disclosed any information about his incomes and salary. As one of the stars including Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, and Peter Ustinov he spent much of 1950 working in Italy on the $7-million remake of “Quo Vadis.” Mr. Furthermore, he had signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with an initial salary of $35 per week, which rose to $2500 by 1936. As he was alive then obviously he will be living in a luxurious way.

Was Robert Taylor Married? Children

Robert Taylor is a married man. Previously, after three years of dating, Robert married Barbara Stanwyck. There is no information about their first met and dating history. However, the couple married on May 14, 1939, in San Diego, California. Zeppo Marx’s wife Marion was Stanwyck’s matron of honor and her godfather, actor Buck Mack who was Taylor’s best man. She divorced Taylor (reportedly at his request) in February 1951. The married couple had no children. After that, he met German actress Ursula Thiess in 1952. Then the couple married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on May 23, 1954. From their marriages, the couple had two children together, son Terrance (born 1955) and daughter Tessa (born 1959). He was also stepfather to Thiess’ two children from her previous marriage, Manuela and Michael Thiess.  Shortly before Taylor’s death from lung cancer on May 26, 1969, Ursula Thiess found her son Michael’s body in a West Los Angeles motel room. Robert died from what was later determined to be a drug overdose. One month before Robert’s death, Michael had been released from a mental hospital. In the year 1964, he spent a year in a reformatory for attempting to poison his natural father with insecticide.

Robert Taylor’s Death

On June 8th, 1969 Robert Taylor was a death in the Providence Saint John’s Health Centre Emergency Room, Santa Monica, California, United States.

Robert Taylor’s Career

Robert had signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with an initial salary of $35 per week, which rose to $2500 by 1936. Then the studio changed his name to Robert Taylor. After that, he made his film debut in the 1934 comedy Handy Andy, starring Will Rogers (on a loan-out to 20th Century Fox). He first leading his role was in 1935 in the MGM crime short Buried Loot.  The same year, Irene Dunne requested Taylor for her leading man in Magnificent Obsession who was followed by Camille with Greta Garbo. Robert and Jean Harlow, 1937 Throughout he appeared in films of varying genres including the musicals Broadway Melody in 1936 and Broadway Melody in 1938, and as well as the British comedy A Yank at Oxford including Vivien Leigh. In the year 1940, he reteamed with Leigh in Mervyn LeRoy’s drama Waterloo Bridge. After being given the nickname “The Man with the Perfect Profile”, he began breaking away from his perfect leading man image and began appearing in darker roles beginning in 1941. In the same year, he portrayed Billy Bonney (better known as Billy the Kid) in Billy the Kid. The next year, Taylor played the title role in the film noir Johnny Eager with Lana Turner. After playing a tough sergeant in Bataan, Taylor contributed to the war effort by becoming a flying instructor in the U.S. Naval Air Corps in 1943. Also, he starred in instructional films and narrated the 1944 documentary The Fighting Lady. After the war, he appeared in a series of edgy roles, including Undercurrent and High Wall. Later he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor in Conspirator in 1949.

Robert Taylor’s Movies

In the year 1950, he landed the role of General Marcus Vinicius in Quo Vadis with Deborah Kerr. The epic movie was a hit, grossing US$11 million in its first run. The following year, he starred in the film version of Walter Scott’s classic Ivanhoe, followed by 1953’s Knights of the Round Table and The Adventures of Quentin Durward, all filmed in England.  Also, he filmed Valley of the Kings in Egypt in 1954. By the mid-1950s, he began to concentrate on westerns, his preferred genre. After that, he starred in a comedy western Many Rivers to Cross in 1955 co-starring Eleanor Parker. In the year 1958, he shared the lead with Richard Widmark in the edgy John Sturges western The Law and Jake Wade. Then in 1958, he left MGM and formed his own production company, Robert Taylor Productions.

Robert Taylor’s Television Series

In the following year, he starred in the hit television series The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959–1962). Following the end of the series in 1962, he continued to appear in films and television shows, including A House, Is Not a Home, and two episodes of Hondo. Taylor received the 1953 World movie Favorite – Male, award at the Golden Globes (tied with Alan Ladd). In the yare1963, NBC filmed but never aired, four episodes of what was to have been The Robert Taylor Show, a series based on case files from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The worker was suddenly dropped for a lack of coordination with HEW. Later Taylor co-starred with his former wife Barbara Stanwyck in William Castle’s psychological horror film The Night Walker in 1964. The next year, he took over the role of the narrator in the television series Death Valley Days when Ronald Reagan left to pursue a career in politics after filming Johnny Tiger in Florida. Robert would remain with the series until his death in 1969.