Dan Taylor was a member of Thomas Rogan's elite commandos, promoted to captain and hence lead the crack team; he is also the second player-controlled character in the first level of The House of the Dead III. During the team's mission in the EFI research facility, Rogan and his team were completely overwhelmed by the undead horde, leaving Dan and Rogan himself as the only survivors. They managed to arrive at the Wheel of Fate's chamber, but were ambushed by Death. Dan was killed instantly, while Rogan was injured.
- Despite his surname, it is unknown if he is related James Taylor, a protagonist in The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead 4.
- Dan is the first controllable character to be killed in the series.
- His body was not seen anywhere during the boss fight with the Wheel of Fate, however, Casey reanimated as a zombie instead and serves as sub-boss.