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Wm. Desmond Taylor

Wm. Desmond Taylor

D.O.B.: April 26, 1872 (Carlow, Ireland)

D.O.D.: February 1, 1922 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cause of Death: Homicide

Location: Hollywood Forever; Cathedral Mausoleum; # 594

Biographical Notes:

William Desmond Taylor worked as stage actor, engineer, antique dealer, gold miner.

Entered silent film industry as actor in 1912.

He directed for American Film, Favorite Players, Pallas, Morosco, Fox, Famous Players-Lasky, Select, Realart, Paramount.

Served in the British Army 1918-1919.

He served as president of the Motion Picture Directors' Association for three terms.

He was shot to death in his home on February 2, 1922. His murderer was never caught. The subsequent police investigation focused on some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the time, including silent screen actresses Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter.

They never did find the killer.


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