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William Cunningham Deane-Tanner

AKA William Desmond Taylor

Film Director

William Desmond Taylor (born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner April 26, 1872 in The Elms Carlow, The Elms CarlowCo. Carlow. Ireland.  He was a successful US film director and a popular figure in the growing Hollywood film colony of the 1910's and early 1920s. He was the victim of a murder that remains officially unsolved. Died on 1st February 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. USA

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.


"The Witching Hour" (1921) Movie
"Huckleberry Finn" (1920) Movie
"Anne of Green Gables" (1919) Movie
"Tom Sawyer" (1917) Movie