Dan Taylor was a member of Thomas Rogan's secret division, serving as Captain in Rogan's commando unit alongside his partner Yukio. Dan is also the second player-controlled character in the first level of The House of the Dead III.
After receiving word that the EFI Research Facility was the source of the worldwide zombie outbreak, Rogan assembled his team of commandos, including Yukio and Dan himself to infiltrate the facility, hoping to stop the zombie outbreak and the birth of the Wheel of Fate. 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 to 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, Yukio reanimated as a zombie instead and serves as sub-boss.