Taylor Negron, Actor Known For ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ Dies at 57

Taylor Negron, Actor Known 'Fast Times

Taylor Negron, a busy character actor and comedian known for his roles in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “The Last Boy Scout” and dozens of other film and TV shows, died of cancer Saturday. He was 57.

Negron’s death was announced via a 33-second Internet video released by his cousin, Chuck Negron, former member of the pop group Three Dog Night.

Starting in the late 1970s, Taylor Negron logged small but memorable roles in a slew of movies and TV shows, ranging from “Young Doctors in Love” and Rodney Dangerfield’s “Easy Money” to “Falcon Crest” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” More recently he had roles in such TV comedies as Fox’s “Til Death,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Negron was born in Glendale, Calif., to parents of Puerto Rican descent. He broke into television in the late 1970s with roles in the short-lived series series “The Last Resort” and “Detective School.” In 1982, he had bit part as the pizza delivery guy in “Fast Times.” In 1991’s “Last Boy Scout” he played a heavy opposite Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans.

His many other TV guest shots include “Zoey 101,” Reno 911,” “That’s So Raven,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Good vs. Evil” and “Nash Bridges.” He had a recurring role on the domestic comedy “The Hughleys”  which ran from 1998-2000 on UPN.

In addition to acting and standup comedy performances, Negron was also a painter who had several exhibitions of his work. Comedians were quick to pay tribute to the thesp on social media.

Survivors include brothers Chuck, Alex and Rene.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 16

Leave a Reply

16 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Greta says:

    Cleaning is a part of everyone’s lives may it be that of an ordinary home owner or a business owner.
    Well, she says that while being in an aeroplane, she secretly gets a bottle of vodka and clean the nasty bathrooms.
    There are many sites online that offer tips and techniques on mixing and combining these and other natural products within your cabinet to help you clean in a more “green”
    way.

  2. Timothy says:

    “Nothing But Trouble” baby!

  3. themurph2000 says:

    Have a double cheese and sausage pizza in his memory. :-D

  4. Hulia says:

    Loved his work! I thought he went to Bell High School in Bell, CA? RIP Sir you were a trip!

  5. Dorothy Murphy says:

    A brilliant, kind artist. He was hilarious in all of his comedy roles and stand-up performances. He created beautiful paintings and was a wonderful writer. A true Renaissance man, Mr. Negron will be missed.

  6. Tony Shupert says:

    The first movie that comes to mind is”BAD MEDICINE” with Steve Gutenberg,Julie Hagerty,Curtis Armstrong,& Gilbert Gottfried to name a few.

  7. Dave J. says:

    More memorable as a baddie even though he had a memorable role in “Fast Times”!

  8. Nancy Walters says:

    So sad to hear this. He had a lot of bit parts on TV comedies, and whenever I saw him, I knew he would be funny. Rest in Peace, Taylor, You must be having a fun reunion up there.

  9. I remember Taylor Negron as a humorous light in everything I’ve ever seen him in!

  10. jrichec774@yahoo.com says:

    Cancer is increasingly the cause of death. Let’s look to the environment. People didn’t die of cancer one, two, and three hundred years ago, even considering the alternative names/describes for this kind of death.

  11. Maureen says:

    What about “Punchline” starring Tom Hanks & Sally Field. I think he played himself. It was all about the stand up world. But he was sooo funny. Do the words “area rug” mean anything to anyone who saw that movie and cracked up at his bits?

  12. D. Irwin says:

    “There are many moods of Ben” from Stuart Little is a frequent quote if a family member is out of sorts in my home. So sad a loss.

  13. Bill says:

    He’ll always be the mailman in “Better Off Dead” and “How I Got into College” to me. :D

  14. Dango Forth says:

    He was such a great character actor. For some reason, it’s ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD that comes to mind when his name is mentioned. He took that role and owned it. He was a superb comic actor, in addition to being able to play the heavy and everything in between.

  15. Bob Bennett says:

    Wasn’t he in an episode of Touched By An Angel? I think his name was Jimmy. Delta Burke was also in that episode.

  16. Marty Gillis says:

    “I am the man, I am the man! I’m bad. I am SO Bad!” Such a standout performance in ‘Easy Money’ … Absolutely hilarious!

More Biz News from Variety

Loading