Taylor Negron

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Taylor Negron
Taylor Negron.jpg
Negron in January 2005.
Born Brad Stephen Negron
(1957-08-01)August 1, 1957
Glendale, California, U.S.
Died January 10, 2015(2015-01-10) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Liver cancer
Occupation Actor, comedian, painter, playwright
Years active 1979–2015

Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron[1] (August 1, 1957 – January 10, 2015) was an American film actor, comedian, painter, and playwright. Negron is perhaps best known for his role as Milo in the 1991 film The Last Boy Scout.

Early life[edit]

Negron was born in Glendale, California,[2] the son of Lucy (née Rosario) and Conrad Negron, Sr.[3] He was of Jewish, Iranian, Italian, and Puerto Rican descent.[2][4][5] Negron grew up in La Cañada Flintridge, California,[2] and was an alumnus of UCLA.[6]

Career[edit]

Breaking into comedy, Hollywood[edit]

While still in high school, Negron's career in comedy began with a stand-up performance at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. It was after this appearance that Negron ventured into being a Hollywood extra as well as a repeat contestant on Chuck Barris' ABC daytime show, The Dating Game. Before his film career began, Negron was exposed to both dramatic and comedic legends: Lee Strasberg and Lucille Ball. In a work-study program at the famed Actors Studio, Negron worked as Strasberg's assistant. At Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in 1977, Negron worked as Ball's intern while she was a guest teacher at the school.[2]

Film[edit]

Negron's motion picture appearances include Angels in the Outfield, The Aristocrats; Better Off Dead, Bio-Dome, Call Me Claus, Easy Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, River's Edge, The Last Boy Scout, Nothing but Trouble, Punchline, The Stöned Age, Stuart Little, Young Doctors in Love, and Amy Heckerling's Vamps, in which he reprised his Fast Times at Ridgemont High pizza delivery scene.[2]

Television and internet[edit]

Among Negron's television appearances are guest star roles on That's So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911, Friends, My Wife and Kids, Seinfeld, ER, Party of Five and Falcon Crest. As well as being a semi-regular guest on Off Beat Cinema, he starred as Manuelo in So Little Time with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and in Smart Guy. He appeared as Melinda Hill's date in one episode of the 2013 web series Romantic Encounters.[7][8]

Writer[edit]

In 2008 he wrote The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron – A Fusion of Story and Song, directed by opera director David Schweitzer and co-starring singer/songwriter Logan Heftel. The show debuted to critical acclaim in the Green Room at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. It also ran in the 2009 Best of New York Solo Festival at the SoHo Playhouse and at the Barrow Street Theater. Kate Copstick of The Scotsman wrote of it, "The underlying theme of this spellbinding hour seems to be Nietzschean – 'that which does not destroy me makes me strong'. And if that doesn't sound like out-and-out comedy, then that is good. Because the show is not out-and-out comedy. It is a mix of music, storytelling and comedy."[9] His comedy essays have been published in the anthology Dirty Laundry (Phoenix Books) and Love West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles (Alyson Books).

Director Justin Tanner revived Negron's play Gangster Planet, a four-character domestic comedy set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as a Critics Choice. Another play, Downward Facing Bitch, a suspense comedy, was developed with director Kiff Scholl. Negron was a regular contributor to Wendy Hammer's Tasty Words, Jill Solloway's "Sit and Spin", and Hilary Carlip's online magazine Fresh Yarns, as well as the Huffington Post. He performed regularly across the United States and was one of the original members of the Un-Cabaret, dubbed "The Mother Show of Alternative Comedy" by the Los Angeles Times, where Negron fused standup, dada poetry and stream of consciousness storytelling.[citation needed]

Painter[edit]

Negron was an accomplished painter whose artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Los Angeles' Laemmle Royal Theater and the Hotel de Ville Lifestyle. Although he left his initial art school education when he was 19 years old, Negron later received training at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Art Students League in NYC. His work was influenced by Henri Matisse, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Don Bachardy, and David Hockney.[2][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Negron was openly gay.[12][13] He was a cousin of Chuck Negron, vocalist and founding member of Three Dog Night.[14]

Negron diagnosed with liver cancer seven years prior. On January 10, 2015, Negron died at his home in Los Angeles, with his family in attendance at the age of 57.[15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (January 11, 2015). "Comedian/actor Taylor Negron dies at 57". USA Today. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Looseleaf, Victoria (May 15, 2014). "Taylor Negron: Art of the Everyman". KCET. 
  3. ^ "Mayor pro tem's son laughs way through life". 
  4. ^ Essay, The Lowbrow Reader, lowbrowreader.com; accessed January 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Brian Abrams (November 13, 2009). "An Interview with Actor Taylor Negron: You Know, *That* Guy". Heeb Magazine. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Profile, The Buffalo News; accessed January 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Walton, Brian. "Pickstarter: Our Favorite Crowdfunded Projects 9/16". Nerdist. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Know Your "That Guy": Taylor Negron". Everything Action. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Copstick, Kate. "Satellites". The Scotsman. 
  10. ^ Steve Chawkins (January 10, 2015). "Taylor Negron dead; comedian and playwright was 57publisher=Los Angeles Times". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Joking Aside: Taylor Negron, Painter". Huffington Post. June 15, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (January 11, 2015). "Gay Fast Times at Ridgemont High Actor Taylor Negron Has Died", The Advocate; retrieved January 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Wee, Darren (January 12, 2015). "Fast Times at Ridgemont High actor Taylor Negron dies at 57", Gay Star News; retrieved January 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Looseleaf, Victoria (April 27, 2001). "For Negron, It's Totally Cool to Be Unhip". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ Los Angeles Times (11 January 2015). "Taylor Negron dies at 57; comedian, actor, playwright". latimes.com. 
  16. ^ "Actor, Writer & Comedian Taylor Negron Dies at 57". Broadway World. January 10, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Staff. "Taylor Negron, Comedian & Actor, Dead At 57 After Long Battle With Cancer". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 

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