August 5th Is Robert Taylor’s 105th Birthday

RT4827August 5th would have been Robert Taylor’s 105th Birthday.  His career spanned 4 decades and he was one of the most loved and respected men in Hollywood.  Mr. Taylor was also one of the most professional, putting up with all the non glamorous aspects of the movie business with good grace.  For instance, an actor must go through endless wardrobe changes for a film and model each one.  As an affectionate remembrance, here are photos of Mr. Taylor modeling some of his wardrobe for Quo Vadis.

swirlIn most of the photos, Robert Taylor looks bored out of his mind.  He had at least 16 costume changes for the film, most of which involved heavy armor.  Given the heat and humidity in Rome during the summer and the lack of air conditioning he must have been miserable.

Quo Vadis was the largest MGM project to date.  It was filmed in postwar Italy and provided employment for thousands of people.  The cost was $7 million.  After considering others, the man they trusted to star in it as Marcus Vinicius was Robert Taylor.  That says a lot.

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Right: looking aggravated.

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Left: looking tired. Right: The caption read “wardrobe test before make-up.”

Checking out his costumes.



Here is an upcoming event to celebrate Mr. Taylor and fellow Nebraska native Janet Shaw.

Gage County Historical Society’s Gage County Classic Film
Institute Presents Robert Taylor and Janet Shaw “Home Again”
Sponsored by the Hevelone Foundation and Supporting Cast Members
Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20.
For more information go to 

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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43 Responses to August 5th Is Robert Taylor’s 105th Birthday

  1. Aww man! Yup – that’s the event I would so long to go to. Had I been a very rebellious child, I would thwart my health and get up out of bed, fight this sickness, knock it in the jaw and drive down to Beatrice Nebraska, it would be at least a two day’s drive from where i am. And this only happens once a year on his birthday, and my birthday is September 4th only one month from now and a couple of weeks from the time of this event. I am so miffed with my folks, though I know they only want what’s best for me.

    On another note, I LOVED this birthday article. I have not seen these rare photographs of his posing for costume-changes as Marcus Vinicius. Marcus is the character closest to my heart that he portrays, I think really because that was the one Taylor film we always had on VHS, so growing up with him as Marcus is close-to-home, as it were. I am thankful to my father for, even if only indirectly, introducing me to who Robert Taylor really was over two months ago, because I have now been inspired to write several original piano pieces based off of Robert Taylor’s piano playing films and also some lyrics pieces inspired from his various roles, including Vinicius, Billy the Kid and Spangler Arlington Brugh himself!

    Thank you again, Judith. Enjoy this day.

  2. June Alexander says:

    I have no doubt the Robert Taylor event in Beatrice this month will be very well received, but I also believe i could not possibly come close to the event I attended in 2011. It was and remains a treasured memory and I am so blessed that fate determined that I was able to make my first solo OS trip to be there. You would have loved it Judith.

    • Makes sense that it would have been magnificent- considering it was the 100th anniversary. Do admit, I am sad that I was so late in discovering this wonderful man, though I would have been living in Sweden at the time and would have been all the more bereft to miss it.

    • Hi, June, I know I could have loved it, especially meeting Tessa and Terry. I appreciate the things you sent me from that time. Unfortunately I can’t make this time either, darn it. But I’m just happy that people want to do an event like this. Judith

      • June Alexander says:

        Yes Judith, must say meeting Terry and Tessa was a bit surreal to me, actually meeting his family.Tessa impressed me so much, such a delightful person with the same unique qualities which made her father so special, a person who I would have loved to have known better.

      • You. Met. Tessa. and Terry. That MUST have been surreal. I don’t know if my heart could handle the excitement. That is thrilling. Golly I’m pea-green. But also happy that you got to experience that as a true Bobby Taylor fan.

  3. At least you’ve discovered him now and have all the fun of seeing his films. Thanks for writing.

  4. Marta says:

    I think Robert Taylor is the most fine man of the world. Sorry for m
    y bad English!

  5. He was very fine indeed. Thanks for writing.

  6. Marta says:

    I like to make portraits of Bob Taylor. Can I to put any here? Thanks|

  7. I could put a link to your portraits here. Just send it to me.

  8. Marta says:


  9. Marta says:

    I can send you three portraits of Bob Taylor, but I need your email. Thanks.

  10. myra4019 says:

    Hello Judith! Thanks for the new photos of Robert Taylor as Vinicius. Great, that will be celebration in the hometown of Robert in conjunction with 105th anniversary! I am Russian fan of Robert Taylor. I am an artist and paint portraits of Robert Taylor. Many of my compatriots remember Robert and his films (“Camille”,”Waterloo bridge”). In my videoteca 50 films of Robert Taylor. The Birthday of Robert (5.08) i show his portraits and movies on the sites “Facebook” and “Classmates.Ru” and from around the world come the comments about memory and love for Robert Taylor. How to show You my drawings “Robert Taylor”? Sincerely. Lina.

  11. Marta says:

    I should like you could read my romance, but it is wrtitten in language Italian, beacause I am Italian. Do you understand Italian ? In my romance, Robert Taylor is not a actor, but a director , which to fall in love with a italian girl. What is your blog-site?

    • Ooh I love Italian! Though I don’t speak it very well. I visited Rome one summer, far too long ago, I wish to go back. Want to go to Venice, or Florence or Everywhere in Italia! Whereabouts are you from?

      My blog site is:

      Thanks! I would love to read your romance novella!


      • I also have a youtube channel filled with tribute music video edits, dedicated to none other than Bob Taylor himself! P.S. you seem to write or speak very good English, you are fluent, yes?

      • Marta says:

        I live in Rome with my family and a dog (a great Italian Bracco ).Are you su facebook? I should send you my romance with message of facebook or with we-transfer. I should like also send you my portraits of Mr.Taylor.
        How can I send you the text of my romance if I have not your e-mail? Here, it is not publishable.
        Thanks for your blog site, now I shall go to see it.

      • Marta says:

        I want to write now a romance with Mr Taylor like protaginist in his true life, but I shall change the names and others details. In this romance, he will realty a actor of Hollywood of years thirty. Then, for illustrate it, I shall draw others portraits of him. Best regards, Fulvia.

  12. Marta says:

    I should like to know better Enghish. I understand it, but I don’t able to understand the quick spoken.

    • Lina says:

      Hello Fulvia! My Name is Lina. Robert Taylor is my idol. He is the most beautiful man and actor. I also draw portraits by Robert Taylor. Sow me Your portraits by Robert. My email Iet me know Your email. Nice to meet You! Sincerely Lina.

    • myra4019 says:

      Hello Fulvia! My name is Lina. Robert Taylor is my idol. He is most beautiful man and actor! I also draw portraits by Robert Taylor. Show me Your portraits by Robert. My email – Iet me know Your email. Nice to meet You! Sincerely Lina.

    • You are decent at English! 🙂 I think you definitely should tackle this new romance idea you have. You can reach my email: I would adore to see portraits of him you have drawn etc. and Definitely long to read your book! (I will translate it if need be) Italian is a beautiful language, with a long history. Italian Braccos are gorgeous animals! Sounds lovely. I am on Facebook as well.



  13. Marta says:

    Thanks. I saw your sito-blog. It is very nice. I should like you would put my portraits of Robert Taylor on your sito blog. You send me address for facebook.
    Hi, Fulvia.
    P.S. Now I send you portraits with e-mail. You can to see its on message email. Thanks.

  14. Lina says:

    Hello Judith! You got my letter with portraits of Robert Taylor? Sincerely Lina.

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