William Desmond Taylor

1872 - 1922

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William Desmond Taylor (born William Cunningham Deane-Tanner, 26 April 1872 – 1 February 1922) was an Anglo-Irish-American film director and actor. A popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s, Taylor directed fifty-nine silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in twenty-seven between 1913 and 1915.Taylor's murder on 1 February 1922, along with other Hollywood scandals such as the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, led to a frenzy of sensationalist and often fabricated newspaper reports. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Desmond Taylor has received more than 821,189 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). William Desmond Taylor is the 1,166th most popular film director (down from 987th in 2019), the 255th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 225th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Irish Film Director.

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Among film directors, William Desmond Taylor ranks 1,166 out of 1,580Before him are Peter Segal, Michael Hoffman, Richard Rush, Egon Günther, Shawn Levy, and David Mackenzie. After him are Kevin Williamson, James Marsh, Len Wiseman, Pete Docter, Stefan Ruzowitzky, and Steve Kloves.

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Among people born in 1872, William Desmond Taylor ranks 153Before him are Ivar Lykke, Bernard Knubel, Feliciano Viera, Joseph Rosemeyer, Siegfried Flesch, and Julia Morgan. After him are Lucille La Verne, Ralph Lewis, George Dern, Michael Joseph Savage, Harlan F. Stone, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Among people deceased in 1922, William Desmond Taylor ranks 107Before him are Vilma Hugonnai, A. V. Dicey, John Moresby, Henry Lawson, Tullio Bozza, and Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe. After him are Cathal Brugha, Sir Henry Wilson, 1st Baronet, Liberato Marcial Rojas, John Butler Yeats, and Lyman Abbott.

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Among people born in Ireland, William Desmond Taylor ranks 255 out of 460Before him are Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (1865), Tim Ahearne (1885), Ronan Keating (1977), Michael McElhatton (1963), Margaret Mazzantini (1961), and Victor Herbert (1859). After him are Charles Haughey (1925), Joshua Pim (1869), Robert Sheehan (1988), Desmond Connell (1926), Con Leahy (1876), and Aidan Turner (1983).


Among film directors born in Ireland, William Desmond Taylor ranks 5Before him are Neil Jordan (1950), Jim Sheridan (1949), Herbert Brenon (1880), and Rex Ingram (1892). After him are John Moore (1970), Steve Barron (1956), and Lenny Abrahamson (1966).