“An Actor Prepares”

By way of introducing myself as an actor, I’d like to drop the names of those notables in the business that I’ve worked with and for, through the years, who have been influential in helping me find my way as an actor…, and that’s almost everyone I’ve rubbed up against, on every project I’ve ever done. Still, some folks have been somewhat more potent forces in my thespian evolution, and I must credit them especially.  I am proud and blessed to have worked with actors, directors, producers, DPs, sound designers, agents, ADs, PAs, and boom operators—who have shown me tricks, inspired me with wisdom, and delighted me with ‘war stories’ (... with Shirley Knight, Buck Henry, and a bottle of Glenfiddich single-malt, in Buck’s trailer, some years ago, in an all-night shoot at the PCC on NE 40th, in Seattle, Buck regaled us with anecdotes straight from the mouth of Orson Welles, filming in the Mexican desert for Catch 22. Memorable!)  Much of who and what I am as an actor has come from rubbing shoulders, intellect and egos with the following class acts.

I studied theater at Yale University, earning a magna cum laude B.A. and an M.A.T., in English, and was cast in shows there with Sam Waterston, Austin Pendleton, Carrie Nye, and Dick Cavett, and I was directed in pieces by Nikos Psacharopoulos. During the 1980’s, I was a member of the Bathhouse Theater repertory company under Arne Zaslove, where I worked with John Alyward (as Utterson to his Dr. Jeckyl), Allen Galli, Mark Drusch, Jo Vetter, and Ted d’Arms, among others (including my wonderful wife of 35 years, Judy Ford Taylor). In this same period I did two shows at Ashland, one as Lear’s Knight, to Dennis Arndt’s Lear, and a few at Pioneer Square Theatre—one, as Prince Harry to J.K. Simmons' King Sextimus the Silent (Once Upon A Mattress). The 1990’s brought roles in films and TV productions with Buck Henry, Shirley Knight, Dennis Quaid, Jean Smart, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Rutger Hauer, Tom Skerritt, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, and with the avatars of Sally Field, Michael J. Fox and Don Ameche (in the forms of Sassy, Chance and Shadow, respectively, in Homeward Bound). I was cast and/or directed by Alan Parker, William Friedkin, Chris Eyre and Jennifer Warren. More recently, I’ve done shows at Village Theatre, with Martin Charnin, Steve Tomkins and Brian Yorkey, as well as Myra Platt at Book-It Repertory Theatre and Paul Thomas at Seattle Immersive Theater. I give a hearty shout-out and thanks to these folks, and to every other theater or cinematic artist I've ever worked with!
Gary Taylor
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Auburn, WA 98071
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