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Mac was a Lt in the United States Marine Corps. Served in Beirut and
Desert Storm. Did his cold weather training in Scandinavia.
While serving in Beirut he was Injured in the 1983 Bombing,
where one of his men died as Mac tried to save him.
He is a Detective 1st Grade. Was happily married to
Claire Conrad Taylor, with whom he shared many happy years.
She was killed on 9/11 in the World Trade Center. Since then,
Mac has never been the same and will continue to pursue and
bring justice to those who take lives for granted.

Family: Claire Conrad Taylor (wife, deceased), Reed Garret(stepson), Christine Whitney (fiance)

Work style: Hard worker, driven, determined, ambitious and honest.

What drives Det. Taylor?
Mac is driven by the integrity and honesty of his lab, he also makes a hell of a detective. He believes in the Facts and the Evidence.He never doubts the evidence and he knows what lead to follow when it's time to take down a
suspect. He seeks justice for the victims and their families and never lets a killer or a rapest or any one like that get away without justice.


Married to Claire Conrad, widowed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He has only recently (Season 1) 4 years after his wife's death felt able to start dating. Went on a date with Rose at the end of season 1. Admitted to Stella that he had been on a date to a roller-derby match with an unnamed date in season 2. Season 3 opened with him dating M.E. Dr. Peyton Driscoll. In the season finale of season three, Peyton invites him to go to London with her. He seems reluctant, but after the ordeal with the Irish mob, he goes with her. In the season four premiere, Mac returns to New York alone, saying that Peyton wanted to stay in London a little longer. The relationship ended in episode 4 of season 4, when Peyton sends Mac a "Dear John" letter, explaining that she misses her home and her family, so she'll be staying in London. Later in series four, when the lab is inspected by a CSI from New Jersey, Quinn Shelby, it appears they have a history. It later emerges that the two shared a kiss while Mac's wife was alive. Quinn seems eager to see if there could be a potential relationship, now they're both single. Mac shrugs her off.

Many Fans wanted Mac to enter a relationship with Stella Bonosarea while she was still on the show, however nothing ever happened although the two were close. Now some fans want her sucessor, Jo to have a relationship with Mac.

In season 7, Peyton briefly returned, when Mac ran into her during a case. She apologized for the way she left him, and they parted amicably. Shortly after, Mac briefly retired from the lab, accepting a job in a private lab analyzing the DNA of 9/11 victims. He did not find Claire, and though he was happy about his work, he eventually returned to the crime lab.

Now, Mac has become close to an old friend, Christine. They reconnected after Adam made Mac a Facebook page while they worked a case involving a suspect who'd used a fake Facebook page to spoof someone. Mac left it alone for a while, then checked it to find a friend request from Christine. Over the rest of season 8, they grew close, though Mac sometimes found it hard to find time for dates.

At the end of season 8, Mac was shot during a drugstore robbery. He was forced to shoot one suspect in self defense, and did not know he had a helper on the inside. Hovering between life and death, Mac saw and spoke to Claire, who told him that it was not yet his time to die. He reaffirmed how much he loved her, and she said she knew about Christine, and was all right with it. Mac survived the shooting,but was left with a lingering condition called speech aphasia. He knew what he wanted to say, but could not recall random words of places, objects, colors, ect. Initially, he hid it, even from Christine, only admitting it to her when she threatened to leave.

Near the end of season 9, Christine was kidnapped by a desperate employee who was desperate for money. While Christine was being held, the woman took Christine's id and went to Vegas on a flight Christine had booked to attend a restaurant convention. Mac, feeling spontaneous, had followed her, only to find that it appeared Christine had been kidnapped in Vegas. He was assisted on the case by DB Russell and the Las Vegas Crime Lab, and when he learned Christine had never left New York, Russell went with him to help him find Christine. She was finally found and rescued, and her captors arrested.

In the final episode of season 9, Mac realizes that he wants to spend his life with Christine. They've been through a lot, and he can't imagine life without her. Inspired by the victim and his girlfriend in his latest case, and the lesson that life has to be lived in the moment, since you never know when it will be taken from you, Mac asks Christine to marry him. She happily accepts.

Defining Cases (or Episodes):

Season 1

Night Mother
Officer Blue
What You See Is What You See

Season 2

Manhattan Manhunt
Necrophilia Americana
Charge Of This Post

Season 3

Oedipus Hex
Silent Night
What Schemes May Come
Pat Imperfect
Cold Reveal
Snow Day

Season 4

Can You Hear Me Now
Times Up
Down The Rabbit Hole
The Thing About Heroes

Season 5

My Name is Mac Taylor

Hammer Down.
Point of View

Season 7
Nothing For something.
Life Sentence

Season 8
Brooklyn Til I Die
Near Death

Season 9
The Lady in the Lake
Seth and Apep
Today is Life



Plays bass guitar in a Blues Band every Wednesday Night at Cozy's Night Club.

-He knows how to handle a Katana, and a bow and arrow.
-Surprised Hawkes by knowing who Queen Latifa was.
Mac and Claire never had any children, however,she
has a son, Reed, who she gave up for adoption as a teenager. Mac and Reed have slowly bonded over their link to Claire, although the boy was initially reluctant after finding out his mother was dead.
-Badge Number is 8433 (we see his badge in a few episodes but in one episode he gives 2433 as his number.)

-Father's name is Mackenna Boyd Taylor.
- His mother's name is Millie


MIA/NYC~ NonStop (Pilot Episode)
Mac: Remember Veneziano’s theory of quantum physics: Everything is connected.

Season 1
Stella : What time did you get in?
Mac:: I never went home.
Stella: Can't sleep?
Mac: What's sleep?

Mac: (sitting in hospital with comatose victim) I'm so tired. I used to sit like this with my wife. Her name was Claire. She died on 9/11. Nobody saw it coming. I was cleaning out the closet the other day, and I... I found this beach ball. And I remembered it was my wife who blew it up. I never told anybody this, but I got rid of everything that reminded me of Claire. Too painful. The one thing I couldn't throw away was that beach ball. Her breath is still in there.

Mac: You're not a doctor. You're a murderer with a medical degree.

Creatures of the Night
Mac:: to Stella: Use your head, not your heart.

Mac: Aiden's on rodent patrol, I'm waiting to do a rat-topsy.

Stella : There's something gooey here.
Mac:: Gooey? There's a good forensic word. Gooey. I'll have to use that more

Officer Blue
Stella: We haven't had a fight like that in a long time. Reminds me of the old Mac::.
Mac:: What "old Mac::" is that?
Stella: The one who let his heart out of his chest every once in a while.
Mac:: You're a fine CSI Stella. Can honestly say I wouldn't do this job without you.
Stella: Yes you would... You just wouldn't be as good.
Mac: Maybe.
Stella: Friends?
Mac: Friends.

You shot a New York City police officer. He wasn't just a cop, he was somebody's son. He made somebody proud at home. When you shot him through the back, you shot those people through the heart. From where I stand, you're the one that should be put to death. No trial, no jury. Eye for an eye.

We've got the best forensics tool money can't buy. Snow.

I'm a Marine you little punk. I've put men in the ground in foreign soil so you can sleep at night, but you wouldn't know anything about that, would ya' kid? Let me tell you something about the mob. Back in their heyday, these old timers, they dealt in death and violence, because of one thing: business. Not sport. They were smart. You punks are idiots. Tanglewood

Stella and Mac: stare at the flattened victim.
Stella : I'm going to call Hawkes.
Mac: Tell him to bring a spatula.

Crime and Misdemeanor
Stella : What do you do when you can't sleep?
Mac: Work.
Stella: What do normal people do when they can't sleep?

Tom Martin: Your tactics don't frighten me.
Mac: It's not my tactics you need to worry about. It's my results.

The Closer
Stella: Why haven't you taken your wedding ring off?
Mac: Because, uh, I don't know. I don't want to.

Mac: When the towers fell and Claire died, it was the clearest definition of what is unjust and unfair in this world, and I was powerless.

Season 2
Grand Murder at Central Station
Mac: It never ceases to amaze me how men of higher education can commit such stupid crimes.

Mac: There are three things that I'll protect at any cost. The honor of this country, the safety of this city, and the integrity of this lab.

Corporate Warriors
Mac: Don't quote me on this, Lindsay, but sometimes not everything's connected. (Lifts the head of the vic off the body)

Manhattan Manhunt
Mac: Me, I don't pity you Darius. There's a lot of people with worse stories than yours. They never hurt anyone. You killed twelve people in two states over the last seventy-two hours and you want me to feel sorry for you because your daddy didn't kiss you when you were a baby? You asked for my help. I did help you. You're where you belong. You rot in hell, you son of a *****.

Mac:: There's something rotten in the Kingdom of Jamalot

Stella : When you were a little kid, did you ever tie a towel around your neck, pretend to be a superhero. A little Mac::-man?
Mac: Sergeant Rock. You couldn't get me out of fatigues when I was a kid.

Charge of this Post
Smith: How did you know what to do?
Mac:: I've lived through this moment before.

Mac: I'm glad you stayed.
Stella : That's what we do; we take care of each other.

Stay with me, Don. Stay with me.

Squeeze my hand, Don.

Season 3
Murder Sings the Blues
Science is our integrity.

Mac: (to Flack) The cop who did this, I hope he goes away for a very long time, because he disgraced the badge we both wear.

Here is To You Mrs Azriel
He spent the last eight months in bed on a feeding tube. Eventually, the medicine didn't do anything for the pain, so one day he asked me...he begged me, to end it for him. I couldn't do it.

Sleight out of Hand
(Mac hands Danny a lighter)
Mac: You want to do the honors?
Danny: Are you lighting your arm on fire in the name of science?
Mac: What other job allows you to set your boss on fire? Going once, going twice...
Danny: All right, but if you go up in flames, I get your office.

Today is Life

Mac:"This is now how I imagined it would happen, I don't know how you imagined it would happen, or if you even imagined it would happen at all." Christine:"'I'm not sure what you're saying...let's go in, have a glass of wine, I'll make a fire" Mac:"No, no, stay here...I don't want to wait another minute. I don't have a ring, or a speech...I wasn't even able to stop and pick up a cheap bottle of champagne. I never thought I'd feel like this again.You're everything that's good in my life. We've been through so much together,Christine...I want you, I need you...I can't imagine my life without you...I just want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side. *gets down on one knee* Christine...will you marry me?" Christine:"Yes...of course, I will....this is exactly how I imagined it..." *kiss*

" I love the smell of a cover-up"

"Feel that? That's my arm closing off your trachea!"

"Forget about all the risks of romance and enjoy the rewards!"

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