William Desmond (Deane-Tanner) Taylor

William Cunningham (Deane-Tanner) Taylor (1872 - 1922)

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Dr. William Cunningham (William Desmond) Taylor formerly Deane-Tanner
Born in County Carlow, Irelandmap
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Died in Los Angeles, California, USAmap
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  • his murder remains an early Hollywood scandal, the subject of movies, documentaries and podcasts and is still an official cold case.[1]
  • Early Hollywood director & actor[1]
  • s/o Major Kearns Deane-Tanner & Jane O'Brien[1][2]
  • 1890 sent to the USA to work on a Dude Ranch in Kansas, where he began acting
  • Drifted arount
  • 7 Dec 1901 m. Ethel May Hamilton (aka Harrison) - wife obtained a decree of divorce in 1912[1]
  • 1 Feb 1922 shot to death in his own home. The murder remains a cold case.
  • buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the Cathedral Mausoluem, Crypt #594[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia: William Desmond Taylor, accessed 19 Nov 2017.
  2. "The Murder of William Desmond Taylor." Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast). 6 Nov 2017. HowStuffWorks.com (web). Accessed 19 Nov 2017
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #1196, accessed 19 Nov 2017.

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