Nebraska Authors

Robert Taylor

AKA: Spangler Arlington Brugh (birth name)

Born 1911-08-05 Filley, NE (USA)

Died 1969-06-08
Hollywood, CA (USA)

Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, he was a childhood Beatrice, Nebraska neighbor and playmate of poet Weldon Kees, and briefly a classmate and associate of Kees at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. In Hollywood, Brugh transformed himself into "Robert Taylor" one of Hollywood's most successful leading men. When Kees came to Hollywood in 1936, hoping to embark on a film career of his own, Taylor would not even meet with him. Literary scholar Robert Knoll and Kees biographer James Reidel both suggest that Taylor read the political tealeaves very carefully and would not meet with Kees because of Kees's radical reputation. Taylor was a famous actor but had no literary ambitions.

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Actors and Actresses; Kees, Weldon


BA 1933 Pamona;


Actor (Movies)


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 55 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans

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