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Deems Taylor (1885–1966)

Deems Taylor was born on December 22, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Deems Taylor. He was an actor and writer, known for Fantasia (1940), Janice Meredith (1924) and The Hard-Boiled Canary (1941). He died on July 3, 1966 in New York City. See full bio »

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Known For

Fantasia Music Department
Janice Meredith Composer
The Hard-Boiled Canary Deems Taylor


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 1941 The Hard-Boiled Canary
Deems Taylor
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 1940 Fantasia (musical advisor - uncredited)
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 1950-1953 Who Said That? (TV Series)
- Episode #4.1 (1953) ... Himself
- Episode #2.26 (1950) ... Himself
- Episode #2.16 (1950) ... Himself
- Episode #2.6 (1950) ... Himself
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Victory (1952) ... Himself
 1952 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Himself - Guest Opera Authority
- The Cold (1952) ... Himself - Guest Opera Authority
 1951 General Electric Guest House (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1951) ... Himself
 1950-1951 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Himself - Guest Panelist
- Margaret O'Brien (1951) ... Himself - Guest Panelist
- Faye Emerson (1950) ... Himself - Guest Panelist
 1951 Of Men and Music (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1951 Ted Mack Family Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1951) ... Himself
 1950 Don Carlo (TV Movie)
 1947 Americana (TV Series)
Himself / Moderator (1948)
 1947 Barber of Seville
Himself - Narrator
 1943 Upbeat in Music (Documentary short)
Himself - Commentator
 1940 Fantasia
Himself - Narrative Introductions
 1940 Information Please: Series 1, No. 10 (Short)
Himself - Guest Panelist
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 1999 Fantasia 2000
Himself - Host (segment "Fantasia Introduction") (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Stage: "The Alchemis", produced on Broadway (revival). Written by Ben Jonson. Music by Deems Taylor. Directed by Morton DaCosta. City Center: 6 May 1948-16 May 1948 (14 performances). Cast: Bobby Busch, Mack Busch, Stanley Carlson, Robert Carroll, Leonardo Cimino, George Coulouris (as "Subtle"), José Ferrer (as "Jeremy" / "Face"), ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on "Rhapsody in Blue", 1924] [George Gershwin] will bear watching. He may yet bring jazz out of the kitchen.


Served, with Milton Cross (II), as co-commentator during the first season of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts (NBC: 1931-32). Commenting on the action while the opera was in progress, much as if it were a sporting event, he was relieved of his duties when many listeners complained that "some idiot keeps talking," disrupting the music. After that, commentary on the broadcasts, which continue today, ... See more »



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