‘Justified’ Actor Joseph Lyle Taylor Gets into ‘Utopia’ Thanks to ‘Swinging’ Ways

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Joseph Lyle Taylor, known to fans of the F/X drama “Justified” as small town bad guy Doyle Bennett, shows quite a different set of capabilities in the upcoming “Seven Days in Utopia” with Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Melissa Leo.  As Black’s father, he’s seen coaching the character in golf from age 11 into adulthood — a role that required him to age over 15 years.  Being a golfer not only made the role easier to get into for Taylor — it made it possible.  “In fact, it came down to my swing weather I got the job or not,” he admits.  “I had to be okayed by this PGA group that put in money.”  Being paid to golf, he can now legitimately say he’s a professional golfer.  “Except my handicap is still a little high for professional golf,” he says with a laugh.

The actor reports the “Justified” troupe, led by Tim Olyphant, is just about to wrap production for its second season.  Taylor couldn’t be happier to be a part of the gritty, acclaimed series — not only because he’s tremendously proud of it, but because it’s generating heat on his career.  Last week, in fact, he got the call that no less than Christopher Nolan wants him, for a role in his new “Batman” feature.  Nice.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “‘Justified’ Actor Joseph Lyle Taylor Gets into ‘Utopia’ Thanks to ‘Swinging’ Ways

  1. Louisa Benton

    I think Joe meant in his quote about the golf swing to say “whether [or not] I got the part,” rather than “weather I got the part.” Just sayin’ …

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