Dub Taylor

Biography

Date of Birth 26 February 1907, Richmond, Virginia, USA Date of Death 3 October 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA (congestive heart failure) Birth Name Walter Clarence Taylor II Dub Taylor was a prolific American character actor who worked extensively in Westerns. Taylor was born Walter Clarence Taylor, Jr. in Richmond, Virginia. His name was usually shortened to "W" by his friends, and "Dub" was derived from that. His family moved to Augusta, Georgia, when he was five years old and lived in that city until he was thirteen. During that time he befriended Ty Cobb's son and namesake, Ty Cobb, Jr A vaudeville performer, Taylor made his film debut in 1938, playing cheerful ex-football captain Ed Carmichael in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You. The following year, Taylor appeared in The 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 fifty 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. During this period, a productive relationship with Tex Ritter as Elliott's co-hero began with King of Dodge City (1941). That partnership lasted through ten films, but Taylor left after the first one, carrying his "Cannonball" character over to a new series with Russell "Lucky" Hayden. ("Wild Bill" brought in Frank Mitchell to play a very different character, also named "Cannonball," in the remainder of his shows with Tex Ritter.) Taylor moved again to a series of films starring Charles Starrett, who eventually became "The Durango Kid", once again, playing his sidekick, "Cannonball". These films had been produced at Columbia, Capra's studio, and had a certain quality of production that seemed to be lacking at the Monogram lot, where Taylor brought his "Cannonball" character in 1947. There he joined up with Jimmy Wakely for a concluding run of 16 films (in two years). These final episodes may have been unpleasant experiences for Taylor, as he never wanted to talk about them thereafter. After 1949, Taylor turned away from "Cannonball," and went on to a busy and varied career, but for many growing up in this period, this character is the one they call to mind when they remember Dub Taylor. His acting roles, even during his "Cannonball" period, were not confined to these films. He had bit parts in a number of classic films, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), A Star Is Born (the 1954 version), and Them! (1954), along with dozens of television roles. He joined Sam Peckinpah's famous stock company in 1965's Major Dundee as a professional horse thief, and appeared subsequently in that director's The Wild Bunch (1969), as a prohibitionist minister who gets his flock shot up by the title outlaws in the film's infamous opening scene, Junior Bonner (1972), The Getaway (1972), and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973), as an aging, eccentric outlaw friend of Billy's. Despite his extensive career as a character actor in a wide array of varying roles, Taylor's niche seemed to be in Westerns, having appeared in dozens of them over his career. He is probably best remembered for his trademark bowler hat, which he wore in most of his appearances. He was also known for his wild gray hair, an unshaven bristly face, squinty eyes, and his raspy voice and cackle. He put that voice to use, alongside fellow Western veterans like Jeanette Nolan and Pat Buttram, in the Disney animated feature The Rescuers, as Digger the mole. Taylor later appeared playing a cartoonish villain in a series of Western-themed "Hubba Bubba" bubble gum commercials in the early 1980s. Arguably, his most memorable role was playing the father of Michael J. Pollard's C.W. Moss in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). He continued a prolific career as a character and bit actor until his death of heart failure in October 1994. His last appearance was in the movie Maverick. His son, Buck Taylor, is also an actor. In early 2006, filmmaker Mark Stokes began directing a feature-length documentary on the life of Dub Taylor, "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor," which has received support from the Taylor Family and many of Dub's previous co-workers, including Bill Cosby, Peter Fonda, Dixie Carter, Don Collier, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, as well as many others. The project had its world premiere at Taylor's childhood hometown of Augusta on April 14, 2007. The project is from executive producers Stokes and James Kicklighter from JamesWorks Entertainment and Professor Pauper Productions.

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Birth Name

Walter Clarence Taylor II

Birth Place

Richmond, Virginie, États-Unis

Birth Date

2/26/1907

Death Date

10/3/1994
Known For
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Country Blue

J.J. 'Jumpy' Belk

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Creature from the Black Lake

Grandpaw Bridges

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Tall Man Riding

Townsman (uncredited)

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Soggy Bottom U.S.A.

Cottonmouth Gorch

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This Is a Hijack

Sheriff Gordon

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Blazing the Western Trail

Cannonball

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Hands Across the Rockies

Cannonball Boggs

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The Great Smokey Roadblock

Harley Davidson

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Black Gold

Doc

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Saddles and Sagebrush

Cannonball

Starring In
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Kikoriki. Legend of the Golden Dragon

Pop McGovern

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Range Rider, Volume 5 is being ordered but customer is getting Rolling Home

Andy Jones / ... (3 episodes, 1952)

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Opie Gets Laid

Pop McGovern

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Maverick

Room Clerk

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Falling From Grace

Grandpa Parks

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Falling From Grace

Grandpa Parks

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The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw

The Westerner's Friend

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Conagher

Station Agent

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Gimme Cap

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Back to the Future Part III

Saloon Old Timer

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Once Upon a Texas Train

Charlie Lee

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The Best of Times

Mac

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Cannonball Run II

Sheriff

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Soggy Bottom U.S.A.

Cottonmouth Gorch

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Used Cars

Tucker

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1941

Mr. Malcomb

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They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way

Gunner

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The Rescuers

Digger (voice)

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Moonshine County Express

Uncle Bill

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The Great Smokey Roadblock

Harley Davidson

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Gator

Mayor Caffrey

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Pony Express Rider

Boomer Riley

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Treasure of Matecumbe

Sheriff Forbes

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Creature from the Black Lake

Grandpaw Bridges

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The Winds of Autumn

Rattler S. Gravely

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Burnt Offerings

Walker

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Poor Pretty Eddie

Justice of the Peace Floyd

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Hearts of the West

Nevada Ticket Agent

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Ta' livet af kællingen

Rattlesnake Tom

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Station Attendant

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Little House On The Prairie: Season 1

Houston Lamb (4 episodes, 1980-1981)

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Josh

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Tom Sawyer

Clayton

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This Is a Hijack

Sheriff Gordon

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Country Blue

J.J. 'Jumpy' Belk

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The Getaway

Laughlin

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Junior Bonner

Del

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Man and Boy

Atkins

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Support Your Local Gunfighter

Doc Schultz

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Evel Knievel

Turquoise Smith

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A Man Called Horse

Joe

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...tick...tick...tick...

Junior

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The Liberation of L.B. Jones

Mayor

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The Reivers

Dr. Peabody

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The Undefeated

McCartney

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The Learning Tree

Spikey

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The Wild Bunch

Rev. Wainscoat

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Death of a Gunfighter

Doc Adams

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The Shakiest Gun In The West

Pop McGovern

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Bandolero!

Attendant

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Something for a Lonely Man

Sheriff

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Bonnie and Clyde

Ivan Moss

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The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

Timekeeper

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Don't Make Waves

Electrician

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The Guns of Will Sonnett: Season 1

Charley McQuade / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

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The Cincinnati Kid

Dealer

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The Hallelujah Trail

Clayton Howell

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Major Dundee

Priam

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Spencer's Mountain

Percy Cook

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Black Gold

Doc

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Sweet Bird of Youth

Dan Hatcher

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Parrish

Teet Howie

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Home from the Hill

Bob Skaggs (uncredited)

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A Hole in the Head

Fred

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Auntie Mame

County Veterinarian (uncredited)

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No Time for Sergeants

McKinney (draft board man)

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The Fastest Gun Alive

Nolan Brown (uncredited)

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You Can't Run Away from It

Joe

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Tall Man Riding

Townsman (uncredited)

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He Muerto Mil Veces

Ed (uncredited)

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Them!

Railroad Yard Watchman (uncredited)

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The Bounty Hunter

Eli Danvers (as Dubb Taylor)

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Dragnet

Miller Starkie (uncredited)

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Riding Shotgun

Eddie (uncredited)

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The Charge at Feather River

Danowicz

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Crime Wave

Gus Snider (as Dubb Taylor)

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The Story of Will Rogers

Actor (scenes deleted)

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Lure of the Wilderness

Sheriff Jepson (uncredited)

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Riding High

Joe

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Blazing the Western Trail

Cannonball

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Saddles and Sagebrush

Cannonball

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Minesweeper

Seaman Stubby Gordon (uncredited)

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Hands Across the Rockies

Cannonball Boggs

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Tanks a Million

Malloy (uncredited)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Reporter (uncredited)

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You Can't Take It with You

Ed Carmichael

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Roy Rogers

Barney Ord / ... (6 episodes, 1953-1955)

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