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Richard Taber

Highest Rated:   86% Kiss of Death (1947)
Lowest Rated:   86% Kiss of Death (1947)
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Born in 1884, character actor (and sometime playwright) Richard Taber began his career on-stage during the first decade of the twentieth century. In his first year on Broadway, 1908, he was in two musicals, Three Twins and The American Idea. Taber (who was sometimes credited as "Tabor") amassed 30 more credits on the Great White Way over the ensuing four decades, on top of whatever work he picked up in stock and touring companies, and co-authored (with actor James Gleason) one play, Is Zat So? (1928), which was later filmed twice. The best-known of his Broadway credits was Tomorrow The World, starring Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Booth, and a young Skip Homeier, which ran for over a year. In between, he did occasional film work from 1915 on. As a New York-based actor, he didn't have many opportunities for screen work, and his credits are separated across decades, in roles of wildly varying prominence. A stout but muscular man with rough features, in a manner similar to Brad Sullivan, Taber was ideal for rough-hewn working-class roles -- he was barely visible as a cab driver in Henry Hathaway's Kiss Of Death (1947), but three years later, in George Sherman's The Sleeping City (1950), he was a co-star alongside Richard Conte, Colleen Gray, and John Alexander, playing an eccentric hospital employee whose simple-minded demeanor masks a murderous streak. Taber made his last screen appearance in 1956, with a small role in Born Yesterday, and retired that year. He passed away in 1957 at age 73.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Sleeping City
  • Pop Ware
1950
86% Kiss of Death
  • Taxi Driver
1947

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