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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflies, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.

Al Taylor circa 1943 and about 45 years of age.
Al Taylor

Full name: Alva Lee Taylor

1898 - 1958

appeared in about 180 westerns and 37 serials

Al Taylor appeared in 200+ features and serials and most often portrayed a henchman, cowhand, rider, etc. and his film career spanned from 1920s silents through the late 1940s.

Early movie appearances include Buddy Roosevelt, Wally Wales and Buffalo Bill, Jr. silent westerns for Action Pictures in the mid 1920s.

In the 1930s, he's in a half dozen cliffhangers at Nat Levine's Mascot serial factory; at Universal in chapterplays with Buck Jones and Tim McCoy; many 1930s oaters with Tim McCoy, Buck Jones and Ken Maynard; and a few westerns with Tom Keene at RKO and John Wayne at Warners.

He got a lot of work - and paydays - from Republic Pictures which was formed in the mid 1930s. Republic kept him busy in mostly unbilled roles in scores of features and cliffhangers scattered over the years 1935 - 1948. There, he shows up most often with Gene Autry (in 20 films), Roy Rogers (13), Don Barry (11), about two dozen Three Mesquiteers adventures, and over twenty serials.

Al Taylor's Movie stats.

Below is a chart of Al Taylor's movie career from 1926 - 1948 in westerns, serials, shorts, and other films. He had no TV work. Total film quantity in this chart = 211.

1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945-

Al Taylor biography on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

For many years, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) biography on Al Taylor had him as Albert Clark Taylor (1887-1951). In the late 1940's, he became a steam locomotive engineer for a motion picture studio and that was his occupation on his death certificate. He passed away in 1951 at the VA hospital in West Los Angeles.

That IMDb biography was incorrect. That's not our guy.

As of February, 2017, the IMDb has been corrected based on the biographical info and family photos provided by Rob Leavitt, an Al Taylor relative. Thanks Rob!

  (Corrected) Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for Al Taylor:

The search for Al Taylor ... he's found ... and he never operated a steam locomotive nor did he pass away in 1951 at a VA hospital.

In December, 2016, ye Old Corral webmeister received an e-mail and some Taylor family photos from Rob Leavitt:

"My Great Uncle was Al Taylor. Alva Lee Taylor was born December 16, 1898 in Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma to William and Luda Taylor. He grew up in North Powder, Oregon and was the second child of six. He went to California in the early 1920s and while there, he married Rose Wurth. He played in movies for about 22 years. After his movie days, Al and Rose moved back to North Powder, Oregon, and then to Baker City, Oregon. Al died on July 31, 1958 in Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon."

(Courtesy of Rob Leavitt)

Above - Al and wife Rose.

(Courtesy of Rob Leavitt)

Photo in North Powder, Oregon of Al and the Taylor family.
Top row left to right are sister Elsie, sister Marie, mother Luda, and brother Neil.
Bottom row left to right are brother Isham, Al, and brother Cecil.

(Courtesy of Rob Leavitt)

Above - Al Taylor wearing a sheriff's badge in an unidentified western circa 1940.

(Courtesy of Rob Leavitt)

Above is Al Taylor - with a big mustache and a nautical hat - in a credited role as "Claggett", a henchmen working for "Slick Latimer" (Gerald Mohr) in the serial JUNGLE GIRL (Republic, 1941).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Jack Ingram, Pascale Perry, Fred Kohler, Jr., Tom Tyler, Tom Chatterton, Sam Lufkin (bartender) and Al Taylor in a scene from the Three Mesquiteers RAIDERS OF THE RANGE (Republic, 1942).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a still along with some crops/blowups from the Wild Bill Elliott THE MAN FROM THUNDER RIVER (Republic, 1943). From left to right are Elliott, Roy Brent, Jack Rockwell, Anne Jeffreys, Georgia Cooper, John James and Al Taylor.

The Family Search website has information on Al Taylor, movie actor:

  • 1900 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Adams Township, Gage County, Nebraska were 33 year old William H. Taylor (born Illinois; occupation Farmer), his 22 year old wife Luda J. (born Missouri), 4 year old daughter Marie C. (born Oklahoma) and 1 year old son Alva L. (born Oklahoma):
  • 1910 census summary and census takers worksheet - renting in Pleasant Precinct, Jefferson County, Missouri were 41 year old William Taylor (born Illinois), his 31 year old wife Luda (born Missouri), 14 year old daughter Maria (born Oklahoma), 11 year old son Alva (born Oklahoma), 9 year old son Isham (born Oklahoma), 5 year old son Cecil (born Oklahoma), and newborn son Neil (born Nebraska). Father William's occupation is "Photographer - Gallery":
  • World War I draft registration - 19 year old Alva Lee Taylor was born December 16, 1898 and his occupation was Farming. He lived in North Powder, Union County, Oregon and nearest relative was father William Henry Taylor, also living in North Powder, Oregon:
  • 1920 census summary and the family is on two consecutive census takers worksheets - renting in North Powder, Union County, Oregon were 52 year old William H. Taylor (born Illinois; occupation Farmer), his 41 year old wife with unreadable name (born Missouri), 21 year old son Alva Q. Taylor (born Oklahoma), 18 year old son Isom W. (born Oklahoma), 15 year old son Cecil C. (born Oklahoma), 10 year old son Neal E. (born Nebraska) and 6 year old daughter Elsie M. (born Nebraska):
  • October 2, 1929 Los Angeles marriage license of 29 year old Alva Lee Taylor (born Oklahoma) and 26 year old Rose Veronica Wurth (born Missouri). He was single; parents were William Taylor (born Illinois) and Luda Holland (born Missouri); and his occupation was "Actor - Motion Picture Studio". Rose was divorced and this was her second marriage; her occupation was "Actress - Motion Picture Studio":
  • 1930 census summary and census takers worksheet - 31 year old Albert Taylor (born Oklahoma), his 27 year old wife Rose V. (born Missouri), 7 year old son William J. (born California), and 22 year old sister-in-law Mabel C. Wurth (born Missouri) were renting at 3272 Craig Drive, Los Angeles. His occupation was "Actor - Motion Pictures" and he was a World War I veteran. Occupation of sister-in-law Mabel C. Wurth was "Actress - Motion Pictures":
  • 1940 census summary and census takers worksheet - 41 year old Alva Taylor (born Oklahoma), 36 year old wife Rose (born Missouri), and 17 year old stepson William Portman (born California) owned their home at 12820 Milbank in Los Angeles. Alva reported his occupation as "Actor - Motion Picture Production", and in 1939, he worked 26 weeks and earned $1800.00:
  • Oregon death index for Alva L. Taylor - he passed away July 31, 1958 in Malheur, Oregon and his wife was Rose Taylor:

Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Alva L.Taylor (1898-1958) who is interred at North Powder Cemetery, North Powder, Union County, Oregon:

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