The Life and Times of Taylor Negron
The name may be unfamiliar at first glance. Still, delving deeper reveals that this actor and comedian starred in many popular shows before his untimely death at the age of 57.
The Early Years
Taylor's parents were both of Puerto Rican descent, and his father was a mayor. His first taste of fame came through child modelling, and his face was immortalized as the cartoon version of Evil Knievel. Following a short spell at the San Francisco Art Institute, during which time he changed his name from Brad to Taylor, he decided to pursue a career in comedy. This led to a well-remembered appearance at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Later in his career, he discovered a talent for writing plays and received much acclaim for Gangster Planet in 1993.
Movie and Television Career
Taylor's movie career began in 1980, and he eventually starred in 27 films. Some of his most famous roles were in Angels in the Outfield, Better Off Dead, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He had many guest star roles in well-known TV shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Friends. Oddly enough, he played a pizza delivery character in three different movies.
Taylor was also an excellent painter and was featured in many exhibitions, and his style was compared to Henri Matisse. Unfortunately, his promising career was cut short by his diagnosis of liver cancer in 2008. He survived until 2015, when he died in Los Angeles.