Jud Taylor

Jud Taylor
Born Judson Taylor
(1932-02-25)February 25, 1932
New York City, New York. U.S.
Died August 6, 2008(2008-08-06) (aged 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Alan Smithee
Occupation Actor, television director, television producer
Years active 1965-2004
Spouse(s) Lynn Kressel (1 daughter)[1]

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


Taylor is perhaps best known for his directorial work on 1960s television classics 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, prior to becoming an established director, Taylor worked as an actor. He had a recurring role on Dr. Kildare as "Dr. Gerson". 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 in the feature film The Great Escape.

Taylor was vice-president of the Directors Guild of America from 1977 to 1981, and president from 1981 to 1983.

He died in New York City in 2008, following a long illness.[2][3]

Selected filmography



TV series

TV Movies



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
1988 Won Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials Foxfire (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


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