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Jud Taylor

Personal information
Birth nameJudson Taylor
Birth dateFebruary 25, 1932
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Date of deathAugust 6, 2008(age 76)
Death placeNew York City, New York
Other namesAlan Smithee
OccupationActor, television director, television producer

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Judson Taylor (February 25, 1932 - August 6, 2008) was an American actor, television director and television producer. He sometimes used the pseudonym Alan Smithee.

Taylor is perhaps best known for his directorial work on 1960s television classics such as Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mannix. He also performed as an actor in small parts on shows such as The Fugitive, Harbourmaster, and Gunsmoke before taking up directing. He appeared twice as Red Magruder in the syndicated military drama Men of Annapolis. He also played the part of Goff in 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, following a long illness.

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