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Tate Taylor (born June 3, 1969) is an American filmmaker and actor. He is best known for directing The Help (2011), Get on Up (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016).

Tate Taylor
Tate Taylor by Ken Kochey.jpg
Taylor in 2011
Born (1969-06-03) June 3, 1969 (age 50)
ResidenceWyolah Plantation, Church Hill, Mississippi, U.S.
OccupationDirector, writer, producer, actor

Early lifeEdit

Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he grew up. He attended preschool in Jackson with writer Kathryn Stockett.[1]


Taylor worked for 15 years in New York City and Los Angeles. Though he debuted as a feature film director in Pretty Ugly People (2008), he was primarily an actor for most of his career, in films such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and Winter's Bone (2010), and on television in series such as Charmed, Six Feet Under, and The Drew Carey Show.

Taylor achieved mainstream success when he directed the film The Help (2011), based on Stockett's novel The Help. Stockett gave him rights to make the film adaptation in June 2008, before the book was published.[2] In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, the film was a major commercial success, earning more than $200 million worldwide, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Tate Taylor has been nominated for and received industry awards including the 2013 Vail Film Festival Vanguard Award, the 2012 BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, the 2012 Writer's Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay, the 2012 Critics Choice Award nomination, the 2012 Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing and for Outstanding Writing, the 2011 Chicago Film Critics Association nomination.[3] Taylor next directed the James Brown biopic Get on Up (2014), which starred Chadwick Boseman. Though the film was a critical success, it commercially underperformed. His next project The Girl on the Train, an adaption of the book by Paula Hawkins, was released to mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success.

In August 2018, Taylor was announced to be directing Jessica Chastain in action thriller film Eve. Taylor replaced original director Matthew Newton, who stepped down after controversy over allegations of domestic violence and assault.[4] In October 2018, Taylor was also announced to be helming the film Breaking News in Yuba County, starring frequent collaborator Allison Janney.[5]

In May 2019, Taylor released psychological horror film Ma, starring frequent collaborator Octavia Spencer. The film, produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner, was a critical and commercial success. That same month, Fox ordered Taylor's first television project, Filthy Rich, to series. An American adaption of the New Zealand series starring Kim Cattrall, it is set to premiere in spring 2020. [6]

Personal lifeEdit

Taylor is openly gay. He resides on the Wyolah Plantation, an Antebellum plantation in Church Hill, Mississippi.[7][8]


Year Film Credited as Role, notes, references
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Yes Casey
1999 Charmed Yes Applicant #3 Episode: "The Painted World"
2001 Planet of the Apes Yes Friend at Leo's Party
Six Feet Under Yes Job Applicant #1 Episode: "The New Person"
2002 I Spy Yes Lieutenant Percy
The Drew Carey Show Yes Jim Episode: "The Dawn Patrol"
2003 A.U.S.A. Yes Gung-Ho A.U.S.A. Episode: "Pilot"
Chicken Party Yes Yes Yes Yes Luke Smith
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Yes Attendant
2005 Queer as Folk Yes Calvin Episode: "We Will Survive!"
Wannabe Yes Gunner Dillyn
2008 Pretty Ugly People Yes Yes Yes Yes George's boyfriend
Sordid Lives: The Series Yes Richie Miller 3 episodes
2010 Winter's Bone Yes Mike Satterfield
2011 The Help Yes Yes Yes Executive producer
2014 Get On Up Yes Yes Yes
2015 Grace and Frankie Yes Yes Episode: "Pilot"; executive producer (pilot only)
2016 The Girl on the Train Yes
2019 Ma Yes Yes Yes Yes Officer Grainger
2020 Filthy Rich Yes Yes Yes Developor, executive producer
TBA Ava Yes
Breaking News in Yuba County Yes Yes

Frequent castingsEdit

Actor Chicken Party
Pretty Ugly People
The Help
Get on Up
The Girl on the Train
Breaking News in Yuba County
Total roles
Octavia Spencer Laqueta Mills Mary Minny Jackson Aunt Honey Washington   "Ma" Sue Ann   5
Melissa McCarthy Tot Wagner Becky   2
Allison Janney Barbara Strasser Suzanne Charlotte Phelan Kathy DS. Riley Dr. Brooks   Sue Bottoms 7
Missi Pyle   Lucy   Mercedes   2
Josh Hopkins   George   Ralph Bass   2
Viola Davis   Aibileen Clark Susie Brown   2
Jessica Chastain   Celia Rae Foote   Eve   2
Nelsan Ellis   Henry Bobby Byrd   2
Luke Evans   Scott Hipwell Ben   2
Chris Lowell   Stuart Whitworth   Steve 2
Juliette Lewis   Erica Thompson   Gloria Michaels 2


  1. ^ Daisy Dumas (2011-10-08). "The Help: Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor's friendship took the book to the big screen". Mail Online. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  2. ^ Hickman, Angela (2011-08-10). "Q&A: The Help hits close to home for director Tate Taylor". National Post. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  3. ^ "Tate Taylor – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (August 27, 2018). "Tate Taylor Replaces Matthew Newton as Director of Jessica Chastain's 'Eve'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (October 26, 2018). "Allison Janney, Laura Dern to Star in Tate Taylor's 'Breaking News in Yuba County'". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Pedersen, Erik (October 24, 2019). "Fox Midseason Premiere Dates: 'Last Man Standing', 'Flirty Dancing', 'Deputy', 'Duncanville' & More". Deadline.
  7. ^ Gregory, Vanessa (August 2011). "The Help Director – Tate Taylor". Garden and Gun. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  8. ^ "Tour History Shows Will Continue Filming in North Carolina Despite Anti-LGBT Law". The Hollywood Reporter.

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