Deems Taylor (1885–1966)

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Deems Taylor was born on December 22, 1885 in New York City, New York, USA. 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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 1959 Great Music from Chicago (TV Series)
Self - Host
 1950-1953 Who Said That? (TV Series)
- Episode #4.1 (1953) ... Self
- Episode #4.6 (1951) ... Self
- Episode #2.26 (1950) ... Self
- Episode #2.6 (1950) ... Self
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Victory (1952) ... Self
 1952 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Self - Guest Opera Authority
- Ethel Waters, Deems Taylor; The Honeymooners - The Cold (1952) ... Self - Guest Opera Authority
 1950-1951 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Self - Guest Panelist
- Margaret O'Brien (1951) ... Self - Guest Panelist
- Faye Emerson (1950) ... Self - Guest Panelist
 1951 Of Men and Music (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1951 Ted Mack Family Hour (TV Series)
- Salute to ASCAP (1951) ... Self
 1950 Don Carlo (TV Movie)
 1948 Americana (TV Series)
Self - Host
- Episode dated 3 January 1948 (1948) ... Self - Host
 1947 Barber of Seville
Self - Narrator
 1943 Upbeat in Music (Documentary short)
Self - Commentator
 1940 Fantasia
Self - Narrative Introductions
 1940 Information Please: Series 1, No. 10 (Short)
Self - Guest Panelist
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 1999 Fantasia 2000
Self - Host (segment "Fantasia Introduction") (uncredited)

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Other Works:

(1950s) {rovided the commentaries on the original edition of the Mercury Living Presence early stereo recording of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory", both conducted by Antal Dorati. Taylor's commentaries, explaining how the recordings were made using the sound of real ... See more »

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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


One of the best-known musical figures of the first half of the 20th century, he was a composer, radio commentator, author and educator. He is probably best known at the host/narrator of the Walt Disney classic Fantasia (1940). See more »



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