Josh Taylor Bio Page
Josh Taylor was born in the small town of Princeton, Illinois on September 25th. Shortly after the age of two, he moved to Chillicothe, Illinois, and attended Chillicothe Township High School where he earned honors as all-state quarterback and salutatorian of his high school class. His parents, George and Dorothy Taylor, older brother Ron, younger sister Vicki made up this very close-knit family. George Taylor was the schools athletic director and coach, and both Josh and his brother Ron played quarterback under him. He was also my general science teacher, and yes, I got an A. But, you better believe I had to work hard to get it. Josh is especially proud that his father was voted into the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame. George Taylor was a much-loved high school coach, and the town's Taylor Field is named after him.
Josh showed little interest in acting while growing up in Chillicothe, but it was in the back of his mind. His main interest was in athletics, and under the watchful eye of his father/coach, he played key positions on the high schools football, track and baseball teams. If you played ball, you didnt get involved in drama. But, Id been a Paul Newman freak for years... All the major universities heavily recruited Josh, but he chose Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where he majored in sociology. At Dartmouth, he was named to the Dragon Society, one of the three senior honor fraternities at the Ivy League school. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Sociology at Dartmouth, he went to the University of Denver Law School where he received his law degree. The day after he learned he had passed the bar examination, he headed west, not to practice law, but to start his career in acting.
Josh came to public attention in 1977 when he joined the cast of the long-running daytime drama Days of Our Lives. As the ever-charming Chris Kositchek, he succeeded in creating a multi-dimensional character whose romances sparked the imaginations of audiences throughout the USA. He appreciates this role because it started everything. Josh won the title of Best Newcomer of the Year awarded by a soap magazine, earning him much respect and adulation from his fans. He later won several other awards and nominations, including Sexiest Man of the Year given to him by AFTERNOON TV. Joshs prime time TV credits include the starring role in the series Riker portraying an ex-cop who becomes a one-man vigilante force. Josh loved this show because it was cops and robbers. Though the show was short-lived, it led to his feature film debut in Waltz Across Texas, with Anne Archer, Mary Kay Place and Richard Farnsworth. Back in Primetime TV, we then saw Josh in a two year recurring role as Jack McKay on Beverly Hills 90210," and as the ever popular Michael Hogan in The Hogan Family; the role that gave him the opportunity to do comedy for the first time. He did guest star appearances on Diagnosis Murder, Walker Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, LA Law, Hotel, Todays FBI, Semi-Tough, Barnaby Jones and Police Story. His TV movies of the week included starring roles in A Secret Among Friends, Woman on the Ledge, The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick, and Stand Against Fear. Joshs other soap roles include a three-week run as Quentin Chamberlain on Guiding Light when Michael Tylo needed personal time off, and as Jed Sanders on The Young and the Restless. Josh has also done Live Theater, including Critics Choice, Bird Bath, Baby Want A Kiss, and a starring role as Buffalo Bill in Arthur Kopits classic play Indians. The play had a lot to say about how we treated the American Indians and Josh said he learned a lot. More recently, he returned to Central Illinois to star in Seven Year Itch and I Hate Hamlet, both produced at the Conklin Dinner Theater. Josh loved working at the dinner theater out in the country, as it was an easy visiting distance to his family.
In 1997, the writers and producers at Days of Our Lives felt the timing was just right to bring back the character of Roman and Josh Taylor. His fans are ecstatic to have him back!! His lust for life adds to the sparkle in his eyes as our longtime heartthrob admits he is happier than ever being back on the show. There is an easy-going, self-assured quality to Josh Taylor that adds an extra dimension and distinct signature to his work. Lisa Tremblay entered Joshs life in 1995 on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles. After dating for several years, they married on November 7, 1999. The wedding was fun and unique, just like the bride and groom! Josh and Lisa are each other's best friends and enjoy their quiet times at home. Josh Taylor is a man who is truly comfortable in his own skin. He enjoys life and loves meeting challenges head-on. The best advice his parents gave him was to treat all people with respect, no matter what race, creed or color. His favorite childhood memory is going up and helping his Dad put out the football equipment at the beginning of the season. His favorite past time is watching football and admits if he hadn't become an actor, he would have loved to have been a coach. We are all glad he became an actor!