Grayson Taylor is an author, filmmaker, and composer from New York City. After writing his first full-length novel when he was seven, he authored over half a dozen action-adventure, sci-fi, mystery, and dystopian novels. He has also written and directed several films. As a professional actor, he has performed in principal roles on Broad City (Oliver, the "Yas Kween" boy of the viral gif), Blue Bloods, Billions, Team Umizoomi, numerous commercials and voiceovers, Mothers and Sons on Broadway starring Tyne Daly, and the Radio City Spring Spectacular, and has had multiple appearances on The Colbert Report and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He is the recipient of a 2021 Scholastic Gold Key for Novel Writing. He is the creator of the Taylorverse and Taylorverse+ and the founder of Taylorfilms and Winter Forest Press.
Ice Lords (2015)
Fallen Nation (2017)
Fallen Nation: Uprising (2018)
Fallen Nation: Downfall (2019)
Dark Waters (co-written with Ella Taylor) (2020)
Short Stories Collection 1 (2014 - 2015)
Short Stories Collection 2 (2015 - 2019)
A Rogue Game (2021)
The Gemina Journals Vol. 1 (2021)
Ash Piano Solo (2019)
Zach Piano Solo (2019)
Alex Piano Solo (2019)
Scarlett Piano Solo (2019)
Ash (Rainfall Remix) (2019)
Director Thorane Piano Solo (2019)
Electric Rain (2019)
Electric Rain (Piano) (2019)
Coventry Carol (2019)
What Child Is This? (2019)
Silent Night (2019)
Rising Waters (2021)
Ash (Silas Wade Remix) (2021)
Last Words (Soundtrack) (2022)
Grayson Taylor acted for more than a decade before retiring from the business on June 18, 2022.
Mothers and Sons (Broadway)
Mothers and Sons (pre-Broadway)
New York Spring Spectacular
On Borrowed Time (reading)
Eye of God (reading)
The Memory of Damage (reading)
Broad City (ep. 208 and 408)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (multiple)
Royal Pains (ep. 708, 801, 802)
Inside Amy Schumer (Season 4)
Blue Bloods (ep. 403)
The Colbert Report (multiple)
Billions (ep. 107)
Team Umizoomi (ep. 316)
Playful Parent PSA (Nickelodeon)
Who Framed Tommy Callahan? (feature)
40 Nickels (short)
Crossbones (ep. 103 and 109)
The Michael J. Fox Show (ep. 112)
Bing Bunny (demo pilot)
"It's a Small World" (Disney app)
"Mo on the Go" with Mo Willems (Disney app)
Best Play - Mothers and Sons (Tony and Drama League, 2014)
Best Featured Actor in a Play - Mothers and Sons (BroadwayWorld.com, 2014)
Best Youth Film - The Nature of Reality (Astoria Film Festival, 2021)
Gold Key for Novel Writing - The Fallen Nation Trilogy (Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 2021)
Grayson Taylor, one of the best child actors that your reviewers have seen on a New York stage, more than holds his own amongst this roster of damaged characters as an open, affectionate, and enthusiastic Petie. – CultureCatch
For his part, young Taylor is not only letter perfect but pitch perfect as a boy who loves his two dads but wishes he had a grandmother to add to them. – Huffington Post by David Finkle
As Bud, Taylor is a real find who brings delightful levity to a room where the memories of a lost generation looms heavily. – Theatremania
And rounding out the cast is precocious youngster Grayson Taylor, who is so endearing. – Perez Reviews
That child, incidentally, is Bud, played effusively by Grayson Taylor, whose innocence and frankness overwhelm Katharine, and help to defuse an otherwise tense afternoon. – NBC New York by Robert Kahn
As the couple's son, Taylor is appropriately adorable... Taylor is in one of the most touching scenes in the play. Bud asks Katharine if he'll be his grandma, since he does not have one. Together, they can be one happy family, he says. – Asbury Park Press, New Jersey
It's then that the boy, played well by Grayson Taylor, pipes up and reveals that he might be the most honest one of the bunch. – Associated Press, Wall Street Journal
Her exchanges with Grayson Taylor's wide-eyed Bud—who, of course, bonds with Katharine instantly, both charming and further unsettling the adults—are genuinely disarming. – USA Today by Elysa Gardener
...impossibly cute little Bud Ogden-Porter (Grayson Taylor). – Variety by Marilyn Stasio
And finally there is Bud, the 6-year-old son of Cal and Will... For Bud, having two dads is no different than not having a grandmother, as he charmingly explains to Katharine when trying to persuade her to assume that role in his life. – Huffington Post
Petie... [is] lovingly rendered by a first rate Grayson Taylor as an adorably perfect kid. – Broadway World
The Kids Get Rich Podcast (ep. 019: Exclusive Interview with 13-Year-Old Author Grayson Taylor!) (October 4, 2019)
The Music of Fallen Nation Interview (April 29, 2019)
On March 1, 2017, the Grayson Taylor website (graysontaylor.info) was launched, along with the site's blog.
In June 2017, the site's forum was launched.
On May 3, 2015, the Grayson Taylor Facebook page was created. It wasn't managed by Grayson himself until March 2021.
On February 20, 2017, Grayson Taylor joined LinkedIn.
On February 1, 2021, Grayson Taylor launched Taylorverse Unlimited, which would be rebranded as Taylorverse+ in December 2022.
On March 23, 2021, Grayson Taylor joined Instagram.
Below are images of Grayson Taylor's website from its launch in 2017 to present.
Grayson has a black belt in Taekwon-Do, earned in June 2021.
He has portrayed characters with Tennessee and Swedish accents.
He is the subject of a few GIFs, including this one:
He is also featured in a piece of fan art based on the GIF: