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Jud Taylor
Judson Taylor

(1932-02-25)February 25, 1932
DiedAugust 6, 2008(2008-08-06) (aged 76)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesAlan Smithee
television director
television producer
Years active1965–2004
SpouseLynn Kressel[1]

Judson Taylor (February 25, 1932 – August 6, 2008) was an American actor, television director, and television producer.

Early years


Born in New York City, Taylor graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[2]



Taylor is perhaps best known for his directorial work on 1960s television shows such as Star Trek, Dr. Kildare, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. In the early 2000s, he directed several episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Taylor also directed more than 40 made-for-TV movies, including the award-winning Tail Gunner Joe and Foxfire, and the final film appearances of both Susan Hayward in Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) and David Janssen in City in Fear (1980).

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, before becoming an established director, Taylor worked as an actor. He had a recurring role on Dr. Kildare as "Dr. Gerson".[3] He appeared in several episodes of The Fugitive and Twelve O'Clock High playing different characters. Other TV programs in which he had small roles included Gunsmoke, Men of Annapolis, and Wagon Train. He also played the part of Goff, one of three Americans, in the feature film The Great Escape and subsequently directed a made-for-TV sequel to the film titled The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988) starring Christopher Reeve. Two years later, he directed a television miniseries based on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (1990 miniseries) starring Anthony Quinn in the role originally portrayed by Spencer Tracy in the earlier theatrical version.

Taylor was vice president of the Directors Guild of America from 1977 to 1981 and president from 1981 to 1983.[2]

He died in New York City in 2008, following a long illness.[4][5]

Selected filmography






TV series


TV movies



  • Return to Earth (1976)
  • Woman of the Year (1976)
  • Incident at Crestridge (1981)



Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1977 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Tail Gunner Joe[6]
1988 Won Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Foxfire[7] (Shared with Frederic B. Blankfein, John Eyler & Murray Schwartz)
2003 Won Directors Guild of America Award Robert B. Aldrich Award for Extraordinary Service to the Guild[7]


  1. ^ "Jud Taylor Obituary (classified)". New York Times. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Past president of Directors Guild". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 8, 2008. p. B 7. Retrieved 21 January 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "TV Director Jud Taylor Dies at 76," Variety, Aug. 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Jud Taylor Obituary, New York Times, Aug. 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "("Jud Taylor" search results)". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "("Jud Taylor" search results)". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved 21 January 2019.