Taylor Negron, Star of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ Passes Away at 57
Taylor Negron, the comedian and actor best known to audiences for ‘The Last Boy Scout’ and his brief but exceptionally memorable role in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ has sadly passed away. He was just 57 years old. Negron died yesterday after succumbing to a long battle with cancer, as initially reported by his cousin and Three Dog Night band member Chuck Negron.
Chuck Negron posted a video in which he announced the sad passing of his cousin, Taylor Negron, saying:
I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away. His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him. May he rest in peace. I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.
Negron was a student of famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg (who also taught the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Robert De Niro) and also studied under the legendary Lucille Ball. He made his film debut in the 1982 comedy ‘Young Doctors in Love,’ and went on to appear in the classic film ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ in which he memorably played the pizza delivery man.
Negron also appeared in ‘80s classics like ‘Better Off Dead’ and ‘River’s Edge,’ before landing the role of the villain Milo in the Tony Scott film ‘The Last Boy Scout.’ Throughout the years, he co-starred in ‘Angels in the Outfield’ and ‘Bio-Dome,’ and guest-starred on shows like ‘Friends’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ In 2012, he once again played a pizza delivery guy for ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ director Amy Heckerling’s horror comedy, ‘Vamps.’
Negron had 130 acting credits on his resumé, and although you may not have known his name, you undoubtedly recognized him whenever he appeared in many of your favorite films and television shows. He wasn’t just a familiar face, but a reassuring and lively presence, and his talents—as well as his presence—will not go unnoticed.