Taylor McCluskey was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He began acting at a very young age, appearing in various plays and modeling in print advertisements. Throughout high school, Taylor became an accomplished athlete, rowing for Capital Crew. He moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue his career in acting after winning a talent competition in Universal City. At the age of 18, he booked his first national commercial for Nestea.
He studied film at UCLA while interning at Handmade Films. As a student, he worked on numerous film and TV projects to gain as much hands-on knowledge of the industry as he could. In addition to acting, he began developing and producing films, including his first documentary film called LEGENDS, shot in the renowned Therein & Co. on La Cienega Blvd, in which he interviewed the top interior designers of the world and cast light on the legendary Turnabout Theater.
His artistic passion also extends to the world of music. He is the founding member of The Maddest Of Madmen and The MFICs, in which he was the lead singer, guitarist and chief songwriter. His current group is self-titled. He produced “White Light”, “Dark Horse,” “Climbing The Hill”, “Amen” and “New Light.” He directed and produced all live shows and music videos for The Maddest Of Madmen, The MFICs and Taylor McCluskey. His music is prominently featured on the soundtrack of the recent film, WE ARE SKATEBOARDERS, directed by Ben Duffy.
In his spare time, Taylor trains with Si-Fu Eric Oram alongside the finest Wing Chun Kung-Fu students in the world at the LA Wing Chun Academy. He is featured on the cover, and inside the pages, of The Modern Wing Chun Kung Fu Practical Guide To Combat And Self Defense Handbook, which is foreworded by Robert Downey Jr. Taylor credits Wing Chun for strengthening his life, both personally and professionally.
As an actor, he’s worked with directors such as Michael Bay and J.J. Abrams; as a musician, he has been featured in POWEREDGE Magazine and on Current TV, and has amassed thousands of fans around the world; as a producer, he worked with up-and-coming writer/director William Dickerson on a feature called THE MIRROR, a film in which he also stars.
If there’s a modern day equivalent to a “Renaissance Man,” Taylor McCluskey may, in fact, fit the bill.