A comedian, an actor, and a playwright Taylor Negron passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 57. Taylor’s cousin, Chuck Negron, who is a former lead singer for 1970s rock band Three Dog Night, confirmed the news. Chuck, Taylor’s mother and his brother Alex were there by Taylor’s side when he died.
Taylor appeared in some of the biggest TV shows and films in the 80’s and 90’s. He became well known for his roles in TV shows including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Friends, Seinfeld, ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He acted in films like Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout, Angels in the Outfield, and Better Off Dead. Although he never played big roles, he is best remembered as pizza man who interrupted a class at Ridgemont High to deliver a double-cheese-and-sausage pizza to Jeff Spicoli , the cool-guy student played by young Sean Penn.
He played a hairdresser on Seinfeld and the villain in “The Last Boy Scout,” along with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. Negron was an accomplished and popular stand-up comedian and was eulogized by many in the business. His humorous essays had been published. Negron was also an accomplished painter and a poet.
Negron was born Brad Stephen Negron in Glendale, California, to Lucy (Rosario) and Conrad Negron, who was mayor of Indian Wells, California. His parents were of Puerto Rican descent. As a child, he modeled for Hanna-Barbera artists, sketching characters for cartoon on the life of Evel Knievel. Negron later became Lucille Ball’s personal assistant and worked in comedy clubs that included Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard and others.
Negron was also asked to teach at UCLA for one of its first comedy courses. He became one of the most consistently losing bachelors on The Dating Game, appearing as many as nine times on the TV show.
May his soul rest in peace!