Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Kent Taylor (1907-1987) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in Nashua, Iowa, Taylor didn't take up acting until his family moved to California in 1931. Almost immediately he signed with Paramount and was playing bit parts in major releases. Taylor climbed the ladder at Paramount and by 1933 he landed important supporting roles in titles such as I'm No Angel (1933) starring Mae West, White Woman (1933) with Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton, David Harum (1934) starring Will Rogers at Fox, and under-heralded horror mystery Double Door (1934). This busiest portion of Taylor's Hollywood career continued through 1951, with Taylor appearing in popular titles like Ramona (1936), Five Came Back (1939), Four Girls in White (1939), I Take This Woman (1940), and Washington Melodrama (1941). Men Against the Sky (1940) is one of my own favorites from this era. Taylor went on to star in 58 episodes of the Boston Blackie television series in the early 1950s, and also appeared on numerous other television programs through to the mid-1970s. He continued his movie work during this era as well, often starring in low budget science fiction and horror films like The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955), The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962), and The Crawling Hand (1963). Superman's alter ego was named after Clark Gable, but it was Taylor who inspired the Kent in Clark Kent.
Birthday: May 11