Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

  • Born on
    • February 26th, 1907
  • Died on
    • October 3rd, 1994
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Walter Clarence Taylor Jr. (February 26, 1907 – October 3, 1994), known as Dub Taylor, was an American character actor who from the 1940s into the 1990s worked extensively in films and on television, often in Westerns but also in comedies. He was the father of actor Buck Taylor, who played the character Newly O'Brien on Gunsmoke. Walter C. Taylor Jr. was born in 1907 in Richmond, Virginia, the middle child of five children of Minnie and Walter C. Taylor, Sr. According to the federal census of 1920, young Walter had two older sisters, Minnie Marg[aret] and Maud, a younger brother named George, and a little sister, Edna Fay. The family moved to Augusta, Georgia around 1912 when Walter was five years old, and the Taylors lived in this city until he was 13. The census of 1920 also documents that Dub's mother was a native of Pennsylvania and his father was a native of North Carolina, who worked in Augusta at that time as a "Cotton Broker". While living in Georgia as a boy, Walter, Jr., got his lifelong nickname when his friends began calling him "W" (double-u) and then shortened his nickname even farther, to just "Dub". It was in Georgia, too, where Taylor befriended Ty Cobb, Jr., the son of the legendary professional baseball player. A vaudeville performer, Dub Taylor was a member of the 1937 Alabama Crimson Tide football team that played in the 1938 Rose Bowl. He stayed behind to establish a career in films, making his film debut in 1938 as the cheerful ex-football captain Ed Carmichael in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You. Taylor secured the part because the role required an actor who could also play the xylophone. Later, during the 1950s and early 1960s, he demonstrated his considerable talent for playing the xylophone on several television shows, including an episode on the syndicated series Ranch Party hosted by Tex Ritter. In 1939, he appeared in the film Taming of the West, in which he originated the character of Cannonball, a role he continued to play for the next ten years, in over 50 films. Cannonball was a comic sidekick to Wild Bill Saunders (played by Bill Elliott), a pairing that continued through 13 features, during which Elliott’s character became Wild Bill Hickok. Despite his extensive career as a character actor in a wide range of roles, Dub Taylor continued to find his niche in Westerns, a genre in which he performed in literally dozens of more films and in episodes of many television series. Taylor often appeared in the guise of talkative hotel or postal clerks, court bailiffs, cooks, or dissolute doctors. He portrayed, for example, an ill-tempered chuckwagon cook in the 1969 film The Undefeated, starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. He appeared as well in the 1971 movie Support Your Local Gunfighter as the drunken Doc Shultz. Taylor played Houston Lamb over the course of four episodes of Little House On The Prairie in seasons six and seven (1979 to 1981). Taylor made at least two film cameos in the early 1990s. In Back to the Future Part III, he appeared with veteran Western actors Pat Buttram and Harry Carey Jr.. His last appearance was in the film Maverick as a hotel room clerk. Dub Taylor died of a heart attack on October 3, 1994 in Los Angeles. In addition to being father to Buck Taylor, Dub had a daughter, Faydean Taylor Tharp. CLR

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Acting (54 Credits)

1994Maverick as Room Clerk
1992Falling from Grace as Grandpa Parks
1991My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys as Gimme Cap
1990Back to the Future Part III as Saloon Old Timer
1986The Best of Times as MacWatch Free
1984Cannonball Run II as Sheriff
1980Used Cars as Tucker
19791941 as Mr. Malcomb
1977The Rescuers as Digger (voice)
1976Creature from Black Lake as Grandpaw Bridges
1976Gator as Mayor T.L. Caffery
1976Burnt Offerings as Walker
1976Treasure of Matecumbe as Sheriff Forbes
1975Poor Pretty Eddie as Justice of the Peace FloydWatch Free
1975The Fortune as Rattlesnake Tom
1975Hearts of the West as Nevada Ticket Agent
1974Thunderbolt and Lightfoot as Station Attendant
1973Tom Sawyer as Clayton
1973Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as Josh
1972The Getaway as Laughlin
1972Junior Bonner as Del
1971Evel Knievel as Turquoise Smith
1971Support Your Local Gunfighter as Doc Schultz
1970A Man Called Horse as JoeWatch Free
1970Tick, Tick, Tick as Junior
1970The Liberation of L.B. Jones as Mayor
1969Death of a Gunfighter as Doc Adams
1969The Wild Bunch as Reverend Wainscoat
1969The Learning Tree as Spikey
1969The Reivers as Dr. Peabody
1969The Undefeated as McCartney
1968The Shakiest Gun in the West as Pop Cushings
1967Bonnie and Clyde as Ivan Moss
1967Don't Make Waves as Electrician
1965The Hallelujah Trail as Clayton Howell
1965The Cincinnati Kid as Dealer
1963Spencer's Mountain as Percy Cook
1962Sweet Bird of Youth as Dan Hatcher
1961Parrish as Teet Howie
1960Home from the Hill as Bob Skaggs (uncredited)
1958No Time for Sergeants as McKinney
1958Auntie Mame as County Veterinarian (uncredited)
1956The Fastest Gun Alive as Nolan Brown (uncredited)
1955I Died a Thousand Times as Ed - Filling Station Attendant (uncredited)
1954The Bounty Hunter as Eli Danvers
1954Them! as Railroad Yard Watchman
1954A Star Is Born as Norman's Driver (uncredited)
1953Crime Wave as Gus Snider
1941Hands Across the Rockies as Cannonball TaylorWatch Free
1941Across the Sierras as CannonballWatch Free
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Reporter (uncredited)
1938You Can't Take It with You as Ed Carmichael
1938Carefree as Bit Part (uncredited)

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