Don Taylor

Don Taylor

  • Highest Rated: 100% Father's Little Dividend (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 39% Damien---Omen II (1978)
  • Birthday: Dec 13, 1920
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A Pennsylvania-born actor/director, Don Taylor appeared in such movies as Father of the Bride and Stalag 17 before switching to directing in 1961 with the juvenile comedy Everything's Ducky. His second film, Ride the Wild Surf (1964), was an above average teen exploitation movie that was very successful. But Taylor hit his stride as a serious filmmaker in 1968 with a jewel of a television feature called Something for a Lonely Man, a drama starring Dan Blocker and Susan Clark that became a favorite among critics. His next movie, Five Man Army (1970), was a popular spaghetti western, and his Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) secured good reviews and assured the series' survival beyond its third installment. Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) was a solid, handsomely produced version of the H.G. Wells story, and a hit, as was Taylor's Damien: Omen II (1979). Final Countdown (1980) proved a success as well, perhaps the last non-slasher/non-fantasy related science-fiction adventure to reach audiences with low-tech special effects. Taylor's subsequent work was confined to TV movies, where he was busy throughout the '80s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Winter's Tale Director 2012
91% October Sky Union Official 1999
94% The Truman Show Don 1998
No Score Yet The Diamond Trap Director 1988
No Score Yet The Manhunt Actor 1986
No Score Yet Secret Weapons Director 1985
No Score Yet My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn Director Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story Director 1985
No Score Yet The Two Gentlemen of Verona Director 1983
No Score Yet Listen to Your Heart Director Producer 1983
No Score Yet Signal 7 Producer 1983
No Score Yet September Gun Director 1983
No Score Yet Red Flag - The Ultimate Game Director 1981
44% The Final Countdown Director 1980
No Score Yet I'm for the Hippopotamus Director 1979
39% Damien---Omen II Director 1978
54% The Island of Dr. Moreau Director 1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Director 1976
No Score Yet Echoes of a Summer Director 1976
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Director 1973
78% Escape from the Planet of the Apes Director 1971
No Score Yet Heat of Anger Director 1971
No Score Yet The Five Man Army (Un esercito di 5 uomini) Director 1970
No Score Yet Wild Women Director 1970
No Score Yet Something for a Lonely Man Director 1968
No Score Yet Jack of Diamonds, (Der Diamantenprinz) Director 1968
No Score Yet Ride the Wild Surf Director 1964
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Director 1961
No Score Yet Men of Sherwood Forest Robin Hood 1957
No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave Preacher 1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow Wallie 1955
No Score Yet Johnny Dark Duke Benson 1954
No Score Yet Destination Gobi Jenkins 1953
97% Stalag 17 Lt. Dunbar 1953
No Score Yet Japanese War Bride Jim Sterling 1952
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story) Lieutenant Commander Peter Morris 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Dr. Robert Palfrey 1951
86% Flying Leathernecks Lt. Vern 'Cowboy' Blithe 1951
100% Father's Little Dividend Buckley Dunstan 1951
No Score Yet Ambush Lt. Linus Delaney 1950
93% Father of the Bride Buckley Dunstan 1950
100% Battleground Standiferd 1949
No Score Yet For the Love of Mary David Paxton 1948
86% The Naked City Jimmy Halloran 1948
80% Song of the Thin Man Buddy Hollis 1947
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Boy 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Soldier at Station 1943
80% The Human Comedy Soldier 1943

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Director
  • 1971
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Director
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Director
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare
1961-1966
Director
  • 1962
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
Director
  • 1961
  • 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mason Director
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957

QUOTES FROM Don Taylor CHARACTERS

Schulz
How do you expect to win the war with an army of clowns?
Lieutenant Dunbar
We sort of hope you'd laugh yourselves to death.