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BPC instructor directs documentary about Western film actor from Augusta

Premieres at Morris Museum of Art April 14

Dub Taylor (photo provided) Mark Ezra Stokes (photo provided)
A late career photograph of Dub Taylor (Photo provided)
Mark Ezra Stokes (’03) on location for the film “That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor”. (Photo courtesy James Kicklighter, JamesWorks Entertainment, LLC)

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College drama and film studies instructor Mark Ezra Stokes just completed the filming of a ground-breaking documentary about Walter Clarence “Dub” Taylor, a Western film actor from Augusta, Ga.

The world premiere of “That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor” will be held in Taylor’s hometown April 14 at the Morris Museum of Art. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the premiere following at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Stokes, a Ludowici, Ga. native, is the documentary’s director, and joins his wife, Kasey Ray-Stokes and friend, James Kicklighter, 18, from Bellville, Ga., as executive producers.

The subject of Stokes’ film, a well-respected character actor, is credited with acting in more than 500 films and television shows in his six decade career. Though he never played a lead role in a major motion picture, he was most well-known for his portrayal as Michael J. Pollard’s double crossing father in Bonnie & Clyde. Taylor’s last role was a cameo in the 1994 blockbuster, Maverick, starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson.

Taylor’s recurrence in popular films without gaining notoriety among the average American movie-goer is what fascinated Stokes and led to the title of his film about the actor.

“Like most people, I had no idea who (Taylor was), and then (I was shown) a picture of him, and I was like, ‘Oh, that guy.’ In fact, that’s what everyone says about him when they see him: ‘Oh, that guy.’ And that’s the name of the film: That Guy,” Stokes said.

To learn more about the film and those involved, visit www.thatdub.com. For more information about the viewing at the Morris Museum of Art call 706-724-7501 or look online at www.themorris.org/calendar/events_performance.html. The museum is located on 1 Tenth St. in Augusta. 

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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM