Born 1911 as Spangler Arlington Brugh in Filley, Nebraska, American actor and singer Robert Taylor began his career in films in 1934 when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won his first leading role the following year in Magnificent Obsession.
Taylor’s popularity increased during the late 1930s and 1940s with appearances in A Yank at Oxford (1938), Waterloo Bridge (1940), and Bataan (1943).
During World War II, Taylor served in the United States Naval Air Forces, where he worked as a flight instructor and appeared in instructional films.
From 1959 to 1962, Taylor starred in the series The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. In 1966, he took over hosting duties from his friend Ronald Reagan on the series Death Valley Days.
Taylor was one of the most popular leading men of his time. A chain smoker, he died of lung cancer at the age of 57.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see handsome portrait of a young Robert Taylor in the 1930s.