Robert Taylor (Australian actor)

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 Taylor

Robert John Taylor

1963 (age 59–60)
Alma materWestern Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Years active1988–present
(m. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Taylor was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia.[1] His parents separated when he was nine, and he moved to a mining town in Western Australia to live with his aunt and uncle.[1][2][3] He worked as a miner when he was a teenager,[1][3] and later had jobs including lifeguard and bouncer. He went to university three times.[1][2][4]

At age twenty one, Taylor went to work on an oil rig in the Indian Ocean.[1][2][3] His ship collided with another and sank off the west coast of Australia, but he and two crew mates escaped on a lifeboat.[4] Taylor suffered a broken arm and ribs[4] 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),[4] which he joined after a successful audition at the age of 24.[1][2][3]


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.[5] His first lead role came in 1993 when he was cast as David Griffin in the Australian mini series The Feds.[6][7] 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.[8] In 2000, he starred alongside Chris O'Donnell in the action thriller Vertical Limit.[9] His other film credits include The Hard Word (2002), Storm Warning (2007), Rogue (2007), and Coffin Rock (2009).[9]

In 2000, Taylor took on the role of Father Vincent Sheehan in Ballykissangel, a British television drama set in Ireland.[10] His television credits after that include MDA (2002), Satisfaction (2010), Cops L.A.C. (2010) and Killing Time (2011).[9][11] In 2011, Taylor was cast for the lead role of Walt Longmire in A&E's crime drama series Longmire.[12] 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.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

Taylor is married to producer Ayisha Davies and they have a daughter named Scarlet.[1][4] He co-founded a farmer's market and community gardens in St Kilda, Victoria, called Veg Out.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Phage Calhoun
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 Storm Warning Rob
2007 Rogue Everett Kennedy
2007 The Bloody Sweet Hit Lindsay Short film
2008 Long Weekend Bartender
2009 Coffin Rock Rob Willis
2012 The Balibo Night Private Benjamin Cook (voice) Short video
2014 Healing Vander
2014 Turkey Shoot Ramrod
2014 The Menkoff Method Clive Struthers
2015 Focus McEwen
2015 Downriver Wayne
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


Year Title Role Notes
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
2005 Hercules Chiron
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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Week of March 3, 2014: Ballykissangel's Robert Taylor". Tea with Heather. Maryland Public Television.
  2. ^ a b c d Myskow, Nina (2 March 2001). "The Real Me: Robert Taylor - I'd like to marry and have kids but my girlfriend can't stand me I really that bad a catch?; Robert Taylor reveals all to NINA MYSKOW". The Mirror. United Kingdom.
  3. ^ a b c d Moore, Frazier (23 May 2013). "Robert Taylor: arresting as TV lawman 'Longmire'". Associated Press.
  4. ^ a b c d e Lee, Luaine (1 June 2012). "Robert Taylor stars in new A&E series 'Longmire'". McClatchy-Tribune News Service. North Jersey.
  5. ^ "Aussie star at home in west". 12 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Four decades of Aussie cop shows". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 September 2004.
  7. ^ "The Feds : Abduction". AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource.
  8. ^ Barron, Frank (8 July 2012). ""Longmire" stars Robert Taylor on A&E – Big Sky country setting for modern western Longmire". Entertainment Today.
  9. ^ a b c "Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire". ninemsn.
  10. ^ Pennells, Steve (13 August 2000). "Ballykissangel Answers Actor's Prayers". The Sun-Herald via WA Television.
  11. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (16 February 2011). "'The Matrix' star joins A&E pilot". Digital Spy.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (14 February 2011). "'Matrix' Actor Robert Taylor Gets The Lead In A&E's Pilot 'Longmire'". Deadline Hollywood.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 November 2016). "'Longmire' Renewed For Sixth & Final Season By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  14. ^ Dietz, Jason (2 June 2016). "2016-17 TV Season Scorecard". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  15. ^ Tomazin, Farrah (1 February 2003). "Community gardeners veg out in the suburbs". The Age. Australia: Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 3 June 2016.

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