Taylor Negron, a familiar face in comedies, died Saturday surrounded by family, according to a relative. He was 57.
“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,” his cousin, Chuck Negron, said in a video. “May he rest in peace.”
Negron, who reportedly died from a lengthy battle with cancer, started his career as a 19-year-old intern working with Lucille Ball and studied with the veteran acting coach Lee Strasberg.
“I learned from Lucy that you never get what you really want and you have to be flexible,” Negron said in an interview with Los Angeles TV station KCET.
Born in Glendale, California, he began performing stand-up comedy in high school before going on to appear in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, along with appearances on Friends, Wizards of Waverly Place and Seinfeld.
He was an in-demand character actor and scene-stealer practically from the time of one of his first notable movie appearances, as the Pizza Guy in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High.