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      Alan Taylor

      Alan Taylor

      Highest Rated: 73% The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Kill the Poor (2003)

      Birthday: Jan 13, 1959

      Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

      A former history major who switched to film after losing faith in the academic life, Alan Taylor scored critical approval with his first feature, "Palookaville" (1995), about three young men in Jersey City, NJ, mired in great-rich-quick schemes. Made in association with American Playhouse, the film, which won the Kodak Award at the Venice Film Festival, owed its inspiration to short stories by Italian writer Italo Calvini as well as several classic films, notably "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (1958). Taylor demonstrated his helming skills by negotiating the fine line between absurdist deadpan humor and realism, evoking fine performances from his cast. Eschewing showy camerawork and focusing on the story, the director created a film that featured believable characters, working-class men frustrated by their situations and the strong, independent females in their lives.

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      Alan Taylor; at arrivals for THOR: The Dark World Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2013. Photo By: Michael Germana TERMINATOR GENISYS, l-r: Jason Clarke, director Alan Taylor on set, 2015. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures TERMINATOR GENISYS, director Alan Taylor on set, 2015. ©Paramount Pictures TERMINATOR GENISYS, from left: producer Dana Goldberg, executive producer Laeta Kalogridis, director Alan Taylor, producer David Ellison, on set, 2015. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures TERMINATOR GENISYS, l-r: Arnold Schwarzenegger, director Alan Taylor on set, 2015. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Christopher Eccleston (center of frame), director Alan Taylor (right), on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, director Alan Taylor (right), on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, from left: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, director Alan Taylor, on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, director Alan Taylor (right), on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, director Alan Taylor, on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, from left: Jaimie Alexander, director Alan Taylor, on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, from left: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, director Alan Taylor, on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios THOR: THE DARK WORLD, director Alan Taylor, on set, 2013. ph: Jay Maidment/©Walt Disney Studios

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 59% The Many Saints of Newark Director $8.2M 2021
      26% 52% Terminator Genisys Director $89.8M 2015
      67% 75% Thor: The Dark World Director $206.4M 2013
      25% 33% Kill the Poor Director - 2003
      73% 64% The Emperor's New Clothes Director,
      Writer
      $569.4K 2001
      64% 63% Palookaville Director $342.4K 1995

      TV

      Credit
      93% 82% House of the Dragon Executive Producer,
      Director
      2024
      98% 80% Interview With the Vampire Executive Producer,
      Director
      2022 2024
      96% 96% Blue Eye Samurai Director 2023
      72% 75% Electric Dreams Director 2018
      89% 85% Game of Thrones Director 2011-2012 2017
      92% 95% Boardwalk Empire Director 2010
      81% 88% Nurse Jackie Director 2010
      90% 57% In Treatment Director 2009
      94% 96% Mad Men Director 2007-2008
      92% 96% The Sopranos Director 1999 2002 2004 2006-2007
      80% 82% Big Love Director 2006
      86% 90% Lost Director 2005
      92% 96% Deadwood Director 2004-2005
      No Score Yet 87% Carnivàle Director 2005
      70% 78% Sex and the City Director 1999 2002-2003
      81% 95% The West Wing Director 1999-2000
      100% No Score Yet Now and Again Director 1999
      93% 96% Oz Director 1997-1998