William Desmond Taylor

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William Desmond Taylor
William Cunningham Deane-Tanner

(1872-04-26)26 April 1872
County Carlow, Ireland
Died1 February 1922(1922-02-01) (aged 49)
Cause of deathHomicide
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Other namesWilliam D. Taylor
William Taylor
OccupationDirector, actor
Years active1913–1922
Ethel May Hamilton (m. 1901–1912)
RelativesDenis Gage Deane-Tanner (brother)

William Desmond Taylor (born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner; 26 April 1872 – 1 February 1922) was an Irish director and actor. He was a popular person in the growing Hollywood motion picture business of the 1910s and early 1920s. He directed 59 silent movies between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915.[1]

Taylor was shot and killed by an unknown suspect on 1 February 1922 at his Los Angeles home.[2] The murder remains an official cold case (unsolved).[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Unsolved Murder of William Desmond Taylor". usc.edu. 2000-07-02. Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  2. Taylorology (newsheet)[permanent dead link], September 2003; retrieved 6 January 2008.
  3. Taylorology (newsheet) Issue 4, April 1993; retrieved 12 May 2013.

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