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Dub Taylor

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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Feb 26, 1907 In Richmond, Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie You Can't Take It with You 1938-09-01
Latest Project:
Movie Maverick 1994-05-20
Known For
Poster of The Rescuers
Poster of Country Blue
Poster of The Wild Bunch
Poster of Bonnie and Clyde
Movie Maverick Room Clerk 1994-05-20
Movie Falling from Grace Grandpa Parks 1992-02-21
Movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Gimme Cap 1991-03-01
Movie Back to the Future Part III Saloon Old Timer 1990-05-25
Series Designing Women Unknown 1986-09-29
Movie The Best of Times Mac 1986-01-31
Movie Cannonball Run II Sheriff 1984-06-29
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Movie Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Cottonmouth Gorch 1981-10-09
Series Bret Maverick Unknown 1981-12-01
Movie Used Cars Tucker 1980-07-11
Movie 1941 Mr. Malcomb 1979-12-14
Movie Beartooth Unknown 1978-01-02
Movie They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way Gunner 1978-01-01
Movie The Great Smokey Roadblock Harley Davidson 1978-06-21
Movie Moonshine County Express Uncle Bill 1977-06-01
Movie The Rescuers Digger (voice) 1977-06-22
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie Creature from Black Lake Grandpaw Bridges 1976-03-01
Movie Treasure of Matecumbe Sheriff Forbes 1976-07-01
Movie The Winds of Autumn Rattler S. Gravley 1976-06-01
Movie Gator Mayor T.L. Caffery 1976-08-25
Movie Burnt Offerings Walker 1976-10-18
Movie Flash and the Firecat Sheriff C.W. Thurston 1976-09-03
Movie Pony Express Rider Boomer Riley 1976-11-01
Movie The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return Bitteroot 1975-01-28
Movie The Fortune Rattlesnake Tom 1975-05-20
Movie Hearts of the West Nevada Ticket Agent 1975-10-08
Movie Poor Pretty Eddie Justice of the Peace Floyd 1975-06-01
Series Movin' On Unknown 1974-05-08
Movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Station Attendant 1974-05-23
Movie Honky Tonk Unknown 1974-04-01
Series Run, Joe, Run Unknown 1974-09-07
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie Brock's Last Case Judge Robbins 1973-03-05
Movie Tom Sawyer Clayton 1973-03-15
Movie Country Blue J.J. 'Jumpy' Belk 1973-01-01
Movie Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Unknown 1973-05-23
Movie This Is a Hijack Sheriff Gordon 1973-06-01
Movie Wild in the Sky Officer Roddenberry 1972-03-01
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie Junior Bonner Del 1972-08-02
Series The Brian Keith Show Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie The Getaway Laughlin 1972-09-20
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? Reed, the Lawyer 1971-02-01
Movie Evel Knievel Turquoise Smith 1971-09-10
Movie Support Your Local Gunfighter Doc Schultz 1971-05-26
Movie Man and Boy Atkins 1971-06-23
Movie … tick… tick… tick… Junior 1970-01-09
Movie Menace on the Mountain Cicero Everhart 1970-03-01
Movie The Liberation of L.B. Jones Mayor 1970-03-18
Movie The Wild Country Phil 1970-12-16
Series The Odd Couple Slim 1970-09-24
Movie A Man Called Horse Joe 1970-05-01
Movie Death of a Gunfighter Doc Adams 1969-04-04
Movie Ride a Northbound Horse Unknown 1969-03-16
Movie The Wild Bunch Reverend Wainscoat 1969-06-17
Movie The Learning Tree Spikey 1969-08-06
Movie The Reivers Dr. Peabody 1969-12-25
Movie The Undefeated McCartney 1969-10-04
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Movie The Shakiest Gun in the West Pop Cushings 1968-07-10
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Bonnie and Clyde Ivan Moss 1967-07-18
Movie Don't Make Waves Electrician 1967-06-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie Johnny Banco Unknown 1967-08-10
Series Mr. Terrific Preacher 1967-01-09
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Movie The Money Jungle Pete Jensen 1967-12-15
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Series The Monroes Unknown 1966-09-07
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Please Don't Eat the Daisies Ed Hewley 1965-09-14
Movie The Hallelujah Trail Clayton Howell 1965-06-23
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie The Cincinnati Kid Dealer 1965-10-15
Movie Spencer's Mountain Percy Cook 1963-05-16
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Beachcomber Unknown 1962-02-20
Movie Sweet Bird of Youth Dan Hatcher 1962-03-21
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie Black Gold Doc 1962-07-21
Movie Parrish Teet Howie 1961-05-04
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Movie Home from the Hill Bob Skaggs (uncredited) 1960-03-03
Series The Barbara Stanwyck Show Unknown 1960-09-19
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series The Twilight Zone Peters 1959-10-02
Series Wichita Town Unknown 1959-09-30
Series Dennis the Menace Opie 1959-10-04
Series Casey Jones Unknown 1958-05-18
Movie No Time for Sergeants McKinney 1958-07-05
Movie Hot Rod Gang Landlord 1958-08-01
Movie Auntie Mame County Veterinarian (uncredited) 1958-12-04
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series 26 Men Unknown 1957-11-01
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Fastest Gun Alive Nolan Brown (uncredited) 1956-07-12
Movie You Can't Run Away from It Joe 1956-10-30
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie I Died a Thousand Times Ed - Filling Station Attendant (uncredited) 1955-11-09
Movie Them! Railroad Yard Watchman 1954-06-16
Movie Dragnet Unknown 1954-09-04
Movie A Star Is Born Norman's Driver (uncredited) 1954-10-01
Movie The Bounty Hunter Eli Danvers 1954-09-25
Movie Crime Wave Gus Snider 1953-10-22
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series I Love Lucy Rattlesnake Jones 1951-10-15
Movie Riding High Joe 1950-04-12
Movie Gun Law Justice Cannonball 1949-03-13
Movie Across The Rio Grande Cannonball Taylor 1949-05-14
Movie Brand of Fear Cannonball 1949-07-10
Movie Roaring Westward Cannonball 1949-09-14
Movie The Rangers Ride Unknown 1948-04-25
Movie Oklahoma Blues Unknown 1948-03-28
Movie Partners of the Sunset Cannonball 1948-05-05
Movie Courtin' Trouble Cannonball 1948-11-21
Movie Silver Trails Cannonball 1948-08-21
Movie Cowboy Cavalier Cannonball 1948-07-11
Movie Ridin' Down the Trail Cannonball 1947-10-03
Movie Frontier Gunlaw Cannonball 1946-01-31
Movie Both Barrels Blazing Cannonball 1945-05-16
Movie Rough Ridin' Justice Cannonball 1945-03-14
Movie Rustlers of the Badlands Cannonball 1945-08-16
Movie Sagebrush Heroes Cannonball 1945-02-01
Movie Blazing the Western Trail Cannonball 1945-09-08
Movie Lawless Empire Cannonball 1945-11-15
Movie Texas Panhandle Cannonball Taylor 1945-12-20
Movie Outlaws of the Rockies Cannonball 1945-09-18
Movie Sundown Valley Cannonball Boggs 1944-03-23
Movie Cowboy Canteen Cannonball 1944-02-09
Movie Wyoming Hurricane Doc 'Canonball' Jones 1944-04-20
Movie Cowboy from Lonesome River Cannonball 1944-09-21
Movie The Last Horseman Cannonball 1944-06-22
Movie Saddle Leather Law Cannonball 1944-12-21
Movie Cyclone Prairie Rangers Cannonball 1944-11-09
Movie Silver City Raiders Cannonball 1943-11-04
Movie Riders of the Northwest Mounted Cannonball 1943-02-15
Movie Saddles and Sagebrush Cannonball 1943-04-26
Movie Minesweeper Seaman Stubby Gordon 1943-11-10
Movie Cowboy in the Clouds Cannonball 1943-12-23
Movie The Vigilantes Ride Cannonball Taylor 1943-12-23
Movie The Lone Prairie Cannonball 1942-10-15
Movie A Tornado in the Saddle Cannonball 1942-12-15
Movie The Return of Daniel Boone Cannonball 1941-05-07
Movie North from the Lone Star Cannonball 1941-03-30
Movie Hands Across the Rockies Cannonball Taylor 1941-06-19
Movie Across the Sierras Cannonball 1941-02-13
Movie The Son of Davy Crockett Cannonball 1941-07-15
Movie Tanks a Million Malloy 1941-09-12
Movie King of Dodge City Cannonball Taylor 1941-08-14
Movie The Return of Wild Bill Cannonball 1940-06-26
Movie Pioneers of the Frontier Cannonball Simms 1940-02-14
Movie The Man from Tumbleweeds Cannonball 1940-05-02
Movie One Man's Law Nevady 1940-06-29
Movie Prairie Schooners Cannonball 1940-09-29
Movie The Wildcat of Tucson Cannonball 1940-12-31
Movie Beyond the Sacramento Cannonball 1940-11-11
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reporter (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie The Taming of the West Cannonball 1939-12-07
Movie You Can't Take It with You Ed Carmichael 1938-09-01
Movie Carefree Bit Part 1938-09-02