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Vaughan Taylor



American actor Vaughn Taylor was trained as a certified public accountant at Northeastern University. While performing in college theatricals, Taylor entertained notions of a stage career; he won a scholarship at the Leland Powers School of Theatre, but his resources were so low that he had to sell his blood to blood banks to pay his expenses. Steady stock, tent-show, and radio work convinced Taylor that he'd made the right career move, and upon completing his Army duties in 1945, the actor took on the new challenge of live television. Taylor played so many TV roles that it is fruitless to try to list them, though the first "couch potato generation" might have affectionate memories of the actor as sharp-witted janitor Ernest P. Duckweather on the 1953 satirical puppet show Johnny Jupiter. (Taylor was replaced by Wright King when the series went from live to film). Taylor was also a prominent "summer repertory" actor on the prestigious anthology Robert Montgomery Presents from 1952 through 1954. The movies utilized Taylor's talents, often in roles as duplicitous executives or crooked business partners: he was the two-timing showman beheaded by magician Vincent Price in The Mad Magician (1954). Anyone who follows the reruns of The Twilight Zone will be more than familiar with the skill and range of Vaughn Taylor: he played bookworm Burgess Meredith's hardhearted boss in "Time Enough at Last," a crazed old conjurer in "Still Valley," an unctuous robot salesman in "I Sing the Body Electric" and a kindly wheelchair-bound gent who sells his kindness and becomes a killer in "The Self-Improvement of Salvatore Ross."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Any Last Words? (Last Words)
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet The Long Ride Home
  • Screenwriter
2001
22% The Gumball Rally
  • Andy
1976
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin
  • Actor
1976
0% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Bank President
1971
93% The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Powell
1970
No Score Yet The Power
  • Mr. Hallson
1968
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West
  • Rev. Longbaugh
1968
91% In Cold Blood
  • "Good Samaritan"
1967
93% The Professionals
  • Banker
1966
84% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Mr. Bell
1966
No Score Yet Zebra in the Kitchen
  • Councilman Pew
1965
71% The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • Mr. Cartwright
1964
33% The Carpetbaggers
  • Doctor
1964
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers
  • Thaddeus Whipple
1963
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor
  • Ballentine
1963
No Score Yet Diamond Head
  • Judge James Blanding
1963
No Score Yet The Wizard Of Baghdad
  • Norodeen
1960
No Score Yet The Plunderers
  • Jess Walters
1960
96% Psycho
  • George Lowery
1960
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours
  • Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
1960
No Score Yet Blue Denim
  • Prof. Willard
1959
No Score Yet Warlock
  • Richardson
1959
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Deacon Davis
1958
No Score Yet Screaming Mimi
  • Roal Reynarde
1958
83% The Lineup
  • The Man
1958
83% The Young Lions
  • John Plowman
1958
No Score Yet Cowboy
  • Mr. Fowler, Chicago Hotel Manager
1958
80% Party Girl
  • Dr. Caderman
1958
No Score Yet Decision at Sundown
  • Barber
1957
77% Jailhouse Rock
  • Mr. Shores
1957
No Score Yet This Could Be the Night
  • Ziggy Dawlt
1957
100% It Should Happen to You
  • Entrikin
1954
No Score Yet Meet Danny Wilson
  • T.W. Thatcher
1952
No Score Yet Up Front (Up Front with Mauldin)
  • Maj. Lester
1951
No Score Yet Francis Goes to the Races
  • Harrington
1951
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher
  • Editor
1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man
  • Reporter
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Salesman Maitland Mr. Judson Old Man Carsville

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