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August 19, 2009

Director Jud Taylor Dies

Key DGA Figure

Jud Taylor, the director of more than 40 made-for-television movies and president of the Directors Guild of America from 1981-1983, died August 6, 2008, in New York City after a long illness. He was 76.

A native of New York City and a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Taylor received a Primetime Emmy nomination for directing the 1977 telefilm Tail Gunner Joe. He won a DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement for the 1987 production Foxfire, and in 2003 received the Robert B. Aldrich Award for Extraordinary Service to the guild.

Taylor other television movie credits include Flesh and Blood, A Question of Honor, Out of the Darkness, The Old Man and the Sea and Clover.

He also directed episodes of many dramatic series, including Star Trek, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Prior to presiding over the DGA, he had served as vice president from 1977-1981, during which he oversaw a study of the DGA Pension and Health plans that reportedly resulted in significant improvements.

He chaired the DGA’s 1981 Negotiating Committee and was a member of the Creative Rights Committee. He served as an alternate on the DGA national board from 1975-77 and as a member of the board from 1977-83.

Taylor is survived by his wife, casting director Lynn Kressel, two daughters, a granddaughter and a sister.

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