Monday, January 12, 2015

Taylor Negron

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Some very sad news over the weekend...

Taylor Negron—an actor, playwright and essayist who became "fame-ish" after appearing in more than 100 films and television shows—died Saturday. He was 57.

Although Negron never became a household name, he appeared in some of the biggest films and TV shows of the 80's and 90's, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money, Punchline, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He continued to act, write and paint until his illness worsened in recent years.

He was such a funny character actor and essayist. I always enjoyed watching him, no matter what the venue.

Taylor also wrote a very insightful final article for xoJane that everyone should read. Here is the article and a little sample of what he has to say...

The demographic that is most the stunning is the number of fans I have in the homeless population. One friendly guy who lives near me in a cluster of garbage cans always high-fives me because I was in "The River’s Edge." I love that guy. Because we are both That Guys. 

But my heyday is coming to an end. 

Parts for the alternative everyman are increasingly scarce. I have had to let go of my dream of being in a Hobbit movie. This will never happen unless Bilbo Baggins orders a pizza and we all know that when a hobbit orders a pizza in Middle Earth, someone is going down a wet, nasty, dirty hole and as I would say if I were in a buddy cop movie: "I am getting too old for this shit." 

I don't miss Hollywood.

But we will definitely miss him.

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