Nathaniel Taylor (actor)

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Nathaniel Taylor
Born (1938-03-31) March 31, 1938 (age 80)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–1986

Nathaniel Taylor (born March 31, 1938) is an American television actor, best known for his recurring role as Rollo Lawson in the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son, a role he later reprised on its 1980-1981 spin-off Sanford. He later played the first version of Jim-Jam with Redd Foxx on the 1986 series The Redd Foxx Show. Later, he played Rerun's (Fred Berry) brother-in-law Ike in the sitcom What's Happening!!.

Taylor also was featured in Trouble Man starring Robert Hooks as one of Mr. Big's henchmen.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Listen to the Man 1 episode (credited as Jita Hadi)
1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator Job Trainee Machinist 1 episode (credited as Jitahadi)
The Bill Cosby Show Bob Steffen 1 episode (credited as Jitahadi)
1972 Trouble Man Leroy Movie (credited as Jita Hadi)
Black Girl Movie
1973 Adam-12 Joe 1 episode
As Above, So Below Jita Hadi Movie
1974 Willie Dynamite Sugar Movie
Harry O Bartender 1 episode (credited as Nathaniel "Jitahadi" Taylor)
1975 Police Story Thurman 1 episode (credited as Nathaniel Jita Hadi Taylor)
1972-1977 Sanford and Son Rollo Lawson Recurring Cast (32 episodes)
1977 Passing Through Warmack Movie
1977-1979 What's Happening!! Ike 2 episodes
1980 Sanford Rollo Larson Main Cast (season 1 only)
The Hunter Trotter Movie
1985 227 Man #3 1 episode
1986 The Redd Foxx Show Jim-Jam 2 episodes
2004 BET Comedy Awards Himself TV special
2011 Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA Warmack Video documentary
2016 Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Himself Documentary
Auditioning for Nathaniel Himself Short


  1. ^ In 1986, Taylor, his brother James, and accomplice Shing Pang were arrested and booked on burglary charges. About $200,000 in computers and typewriters were seized. The arrest came within hours after the Sports Connection athletic club in West Los Angeles reported the theft of 10 IBM typewriters and a computer.

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