Grant Taylor (actor)

Grant Taylor
Grant Taylor (6 December 1917 – 1971), full name Ronald Grant Taylor, was an English-born actor best known as the abrasive General Henderson in the Gerry Anderson science fiction series UFO and for his lead role in Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940).wikipedia
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UFO (TV series)

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Grant Taylor (6 December 1917 – 1971), full name Ronald Grant Taylor, was an English-born actor best known as the abrasive General Henderson in the Gerry Anderson science fiction series UFO and for his lead role in Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940).

Forty Thousand Horsemen

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Grant Taylor (6 December 1917 – 1971), full name Ronald Grant Taylor, was an English-born actor best known as the abrasive General Henderson in the Gerry Anderson science fiction series UFO and for his lead role in Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940).

100,000 Cobbers

Taylor was given leave to appear in some propaganda shorts, such as While There is Still Time (1942), 100,000 Cobbers (1942), Another Threshold (1942) and South West Pacific (1943).
Grant Taylor, Joe Valli and Shirley Ann Richards play fictitious characters.

Dad Rudd, M.P.

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Taylor's physique, good looks and charm saw Ken G. Hall cast him as the juvenile lead in Dad Rudd, MP (1940) opposite Yvonne East.

Cinesound Productions

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Cinesound Productions were looking for someone with wrestling skills to play the part of a gorilla in Gone to the Dogs (1939), so Taylor auditioned.
By 1940 the school had had over 200 students, including Grant Taylor and Yvonne East, who featured in Dad Rudd, MP (1940), plus Valerie Scanlon, Lorna Westbrook, Natalie Raine, and Mary Sinclair.

The Rats of Tobruk (film)

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He was allowed to appear in the feature The Rats of Tobruk (1944), which reunited him with Chauvel and Chips Rafferty.

Gone to the Dogs (1939 film)

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Cinesound Productions were looking for someone with wrestling skills to play the part of a gorilla in Gone to the Dogs (1939), so Taylor auditioned.
Grant Taylor auditioned for the part of the gorilla.

Ken G. Hall

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Taylor's physique, good looks and charm saw Ken G. Hall cast him as the juvenile lead in Dad Rudd, MP (1940) opposite Yvonne East. Ken G. Hall said that one of the problems of the Australian industry of this time was they "were consistently short of trained juveniles and ingenues".
He made a fourth and final Rudd, Dad Rudd, M.P. (1940), which introduced Grant Taylor.

The Kangaroo Kid (film)

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He was a sergeant in Eureka Stockade (1949) – Rafferty had the leading role – and played a thug in The Kangaroo Kid (1950).

Eureka Stockade (1949 film)

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He was a sergeant in Eureka Stockade (1949) – Rafferty had the leading role – and played a thug in The Kangaroo Kid (1950).

Another Threshold

Taylor was given leave to appear in some propaganda shorts, such as While There is Still Time (1942), 100,000 Cobbers (1942), Another Threshold (1942) and South West Pacific (1943).

South West Pacific (film)

South West Pacific
Taylor was given leave to appear in some propaganda shorts, such as While There is Still Time (1942), 100,000 Cobbers (1942), Another Threshold (1942) and South West Pacific (1943).

Funnel Web

Taylor made his live TV debut in Funnel Web (1962) for the ABC, playing a murderer.
Funnel Web is a 1962 Australian TV play starring Grant Taylor and written by Phillip Grenville Mann.

Inland with Sturt

He took part in the 1951 re-enactment of Sir Charles Sturt's journey down the Murrimbidgee River, playing Sturt – a film of this was made, called Inland with Sturt (1951).
The parts of Charles Sturt and George Macleay were performed by two professional actors, Grant Taylor and Rod Taylor.

While There is Still Time

Taylor was given leave to appear in some propaganda shorts, such as While There is Still Time (1942), 100,000 Cobbers (1942), Another Threshold (1942) and South West Pacific (1943).

Captain Thunderbolt (film)

Captain Thunderbolt
He had a role in another short, Far West Story (1952) then returned to lead roles when he played the title part in Captain Thunderbolt (1953).

Long John Silver (film)

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The director, Byron Haskin liked Taylor's performance and used him again as a pirate in Long John Silver, and its television spin off, The Adventures of Long John Silver.
Byron Haskin had experience working with Australians on His Majesty O'Keefe (1953) and cast several actors from that film, including Grant Taylor, Muriel Steinbeck, and Guy Doleman.

His Majesty O'Keefe

1954 film
He was cast in a support role in a Hollywood film shot in Fiji, His Majesty O'Keefe (1954).

The Adventures of Long John Silver

*a miniseries in the mid-1950s
The director, Byron Haskin liked Taylor's performance and used him again as a pirate in Long John Silver, and its television spin off, The Adventures of Long John Silver.

Sons of Matthew

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In 1945, it was announced that he would star in another Chauvel film, Green Mountain, but by the time the movie was actually made in 1949 (as Sons of Matthew), he did not appear in it.
Grant Taylor was mentioned as a possible star.

Far West Story

He had a role in another short, Far West Story (1952) then returned to lead roles when he played the title part in Captain Thunderbolt (1953).
It starred Muriel Steinbeck and Grant Taylor and was produced by T.O. McCreadie.

On the Beach (1959 film)

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In 1959 Taylor appeared in a brief role in Stanley Kramer's On the Beach.

Flowering Cherry

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He had good roles in the TV plays Jenny (1962), Flowering Cherry (1963), The Right Thing (1964), and The One That Got Away (1964).
It was filmed for Australian TV in 1963, directed by Colin Dean and starring Grant Taylor, Peter Adams, Don Pascoe, Elizabeth Ferris, Margo Lee, Frank Taylor and Rosalind Seagrave.

Smiley Gets a Gun

He played a mystery man in Smiley Gets a Gun (1958), and a policeman in The Siege of Pinchgut (1959).

The Siege of Pinchgut

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He played a mystery man in Smiley Gets a Gun (1958), and a policeman in The Siege of Pinchgut (1959).