A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Taylor was a veteran of the stage by the time he started appearing as a silent lead in both short and feature-length films. Little is known about his early days on stage, but he essayed prime roles in the films The Terror of Twin Mountains (1915), Sunset Country (1915), April (1916), and, before joining the army during World War I. He would not return to films until 1926, appearing in A Poor Girl"s Romance. During the 1930s, Taylor became entrenched as a supporting player in B-westerns and several cliffhanger serials, often playing either the action or brains heavy roles.
As he grew older and grayer, Taylor migrated to nice guy roles, such as the father of the heroine, a lawman, or a scientist
Then, after the westerns and serials faded he migrated to television work. From 1952 through 1954, he costarred as Grandpa Fisher on the religious television series This is the Life.
Extremely effective and versatile, Taylor is identified in about 400 films, including 325 sound era films and of those, 201 are westerns and 36 are chapterplays, according to the Internet Movie Database. As well, his credits at Republic Pictures number about 75 for the period 1937-1953 (most all of these are B-westerns and serials).
Taylor finally retired in 1963 after filming an episode of Ripcord and died two years later of natural causes in Garden Grove, California, at the age of 81.
The Cisco Kid (1950-1953) The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1952) The Roy Rogers Show (1952-1955) Hopalong Cassidy (1954) Annie Oakley (1954) The Gene Autry Show (1954) Lassie (1955-1961) Hallmark Hall of Fame (1955) Four Star Playhouse (1955) Medic (1955) My Friend Flicka (1956) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1956-1957) Matinee Theatre (1957) The Lineup (1958) Dick Powell"s Zane Grey Theater (1958) The Dennis O"Keefe Show (1959) Manitoba Without a Gun (1959) Maverick (1960) Wanted: Dead or Alive (1960) M Squad (1960) Lawman (1960) Tales of Wells Fargo (1960) Bonanza (1960-1962) Ripcord (1963).