After the passing of Robin Williams, the world of comedy has lost yet another one of its well-known people, as actor/painter Taylor Negron passed away after a long battle against cancer at the age of 57.
On Saturday, Jan, 10, 2015, ’70s band Three Dog Night’s former member Chuck Negron sadly announced via a YouTube video that his cousin Taylor has succumbed to cancer and has already passed away. According to Chuck, he accompanied Taylor during his cousin’s last hours, along with Taylor’s mother Lucy and brother Alex and Chuck’s brother Rene and his wife Julie.
Celebrities, fans and friends posted their own tributes for Taylor through various social media sites. Fellow comedian Ben Stiller took to his Twitter account, saying “Taylor Negron was a very smart, funny caring individual with a unique comedic voice. #RESPECT.”
Taylor Negron was a very smart, funny caring individual with a unique comedic voice. #RESPECT
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 11, 2015
Taylor Negron started his career as a stand-up comedian while in high school and has begun appearing as an extra in movies and made his film debut in “Young Doctors in Love” in 1982. He was well known for playing a hilarious pizza guy in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and the villainous Milo in “The Last Boy Scout.” Other movies he appeared into included “Punchline,” “One Crazy Summer,” “Nothing But Trouble,” “Stuart Little” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.”
For several years, Taylor has appeared as a guest star for many TV shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Friends,” “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and many more. He was also considered to be one of the original members of Los Angeles’ Un-Cabaret.
Aside from doing comedy, Taylor was a poet and a playwright, having written “The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron – A Fusion of Story and Song” and “Gangster Planet.” He was also into painting and had a solo exhibition entitled “Snow Paintings” displayed at the Laemmle Royal’s “Art in the Art House” series last May 2014.
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