Robert John Taylor OAM (born 1963) is an Australian actor who has appeared in many films and television series in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. On television, he is known for playing the lead role of Walt Longmire in the A&E/Netflix television series Longmire. On film, he is known for playing "Agent Jones" in The Matrix (1999); he also starred in Vertical Limit (2000).
Robert John Taylor
1963 (age 59–60)
|Alma mater||Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts|
Taylor was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. His parents separated when he was nine, and he moved to a mining town in Western Australia to live with his aunt and uncle. He worked as a miner when he was a teenager, and later had jobs including lifeguard and bouncer. He went to university three times.
At age twenty one, Taylor went to work on an oil rig in the Indian Ocean. His ship collided with another and sank off the west coast of Australia, but he and two crew mates escaped on a lifeboat. Taylor suffered a broken arm and ribs and, while recovering in the hospital, saw an ad for auditions for drama school in Perth, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which he joined after a successful audition at the age of 24.
Taylor started acting professionally in 1988 after graduating from WAAPA. His first major role was in 1989 as Nicholas Walsh in the Australian television soap Home and Away. His first lead role came in 1993 when he was cast as David Griffin in the Australian mini series The Feds. He then appeared in various guest roles and on TV movies in Australia, such as Blue Heelers and Stingers, often being cast as a police officer.
Taylor's big break in Hollywood came when he was cast as the shapeshifting Agent Jones in the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix. In 2000, he starred alongside Chris O'Donnell in the action thriller Vertical Limit. His other film credits include The Hard Word (2002), Storm Warning (2007), Rogue (2007), and Coffin Rock (2009).
In 2000, Taylor took on the role of Father Vincent Sheehan in Ballykissangel, a British television drama set in Ireland. His television credits after that include MDA (2002), Satisfaction (2010), Cops L.A.C. (2010) and Killing Time (2011). In 2011, Taylor was cast for the lead role of Walt Longmire in A&E's crime drama series Longmire. The series later moved to Netflix after the third season and the network renewed the series for its sixth and final season, which aired in 2017.
Taylor is married to producer Ayisha Davies and they have a daughter named Scarlet. He co-founded a farmer's market and community gardens in St Kilda, Victoria, called Veg Out.
|1999||The Matrix||Agent Jones|
|2000||Muggers||Detective Constable Porter|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Skip Taylor|
|2000||After the Rain||Jack Behring|
|2002||The Hard Word||Frank Malone|
|2003||Ned Kelly||Sherritt Trooper|
|2003||Roundabout||Police officer 1||Short film|
|2007||The Bloody Sweet Hit||Lindsay||Short film|
|2009||Coffin Rock||Rob Willis|
|2012||The Balibo Night||Private Benjamin Cook (voice)||Short video|
|2014||The Menkoff Method||Clive Struthers|
|2015||What Lola Wants||Jed|
|2017||Kong: Skull Island||Captain of the Boat|
|2017||Don't Tell||Robert Brewster|
|2018||The Meg||Dr. Heller|
|2019||Blood Vessel||Captain Malone|
|2019||Into the Ashes||Frank Parson|
|1988||The Flying Doctors||Lachlan McGregor||Season 3, episode 15: "Clapped Out"|
|1988||Reed Down Under||King||Television movie|
|1988||Something Is Out There||1st officer|
|1988||The Clean Machine||Constable Ron Healy||Television movie|
|1988||The Rocks||Constable Gottlieb||Television movie|
|1989||Brotherhood of the Rose||Pollux|
|1989||Home and Away||Nicholas Walsh||20 episodes|
|1990||Yellowthread Street||Detective Peter Marenta||7 episodes|
|1990||The Paper Man||Johnny Coates|
|1992||Steel Justice||Detective Lieutenant David Nash||Television movie|
|1993–1996||The Feds||David Griffin||Lead role|
|1995||The Last Bullet||Sergeant Caldwell||Television movie|
|1996||Twisted Tales||Peter||Season 1, episode 12: "A Sure Thing"|
|1996||Flipper||Season 1, episode 11: "Fish Out of Water"|
|1996||The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years||Jack Cleary||Television movie|
|1998||Good Guys, Bad Guys||Andrew Costello||Season 2, episode 12: "Blood is Thicker Than Walter"|
|1999||Wildside||Clayton Clark||Season 2, episode 8|
|1999||Blue Heelers||Detective Barry Craig||Season 6, episode 10: "Dirty Money"|
Season 6, episode 12: "Web of Lies"
|1999||Stingers||Detective Sergeant Mick Foley||Season 1, episode 20: "Proving Ground"|
Season 1, episode 21: "Cast Off"
Season 1, episode 22: "Dead Man's Throw"
Season 2, episode 8: "White Lies"
|1999||First Daughter||Mason||Television movie|
|2001||Ballykissangel||Father Vincent Sheehan||8 episodes|
|2002||MDA||Paul Bennett||8 episodes|
|2004||The Mystery of Natalie Wood||Nicholas Ray||Television movie|
|2008||City Homicide||Kevin Steele||Season 2, episode 12: "Spoils of War"|
|2010||Satisfaction||John McCoy||6 episodes|
|2010||Cops L.A.C.||Tom O'Neill||Season 1, episode 1: "The Learning Curve"|
|2011||Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here||Deputy Commissioner Graham Sinclair||Television movie|
|2011||Killing Time||Tim Watson-Munro||5 episodes|
|2011||Twentysomething||Trevor||Season 1, episode 6|
|2012–2017||Longmire||Sheriff Walt Longmire||Lead role|
|2013||Mr & Mrs Murder||Alistair Travers||Season 1, episode 8: "A Flare for Murder"|
|2016||Wolf Creek||Roland Thorogood||Season 1, episode 1: "Billabong"|
|2021||The Newsreader||Geoff Walters|
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