Taylor Negron Dies at 57 & He'll Be Missed By the Many Generations Who Enjoyed his Work
Some sad news broke early Sunday morning as Deadline reported that actor Taylor Negron died at the age of 57, following a battle with cancer. His cousin, musician Chuck Negron, first delivered the news by posting a short, emotional video to YouTube in which he said, "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 want all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed." During his career that spanned from the '70s to present day, Taylor Negron appeared in many films and television shows, always portraying characters in way that made them unforgettable, no matter how small the role may have been.
What exactly you know Negron from likely depends on your age. In the early '80s played a pizza delivery man in a classic scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (found below), as well as Julio, the husband of Rodney Dangerfield's character's daughter in Easy Money. In the late '80s and early '90s he guest starred on many popular TV shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Falcon's Crest, The Ben Stiller Show, Seinfeld, and Grace Under Fire. He didn't slow down in the '90s either, appearing in Angels in the Outfield, Clueless, Party of Five, ER, and Friends, just to name a few.
The length of Negron's career just goes to show how many fans will fondly remember him, including younger generations who grew up seeing him in their favorite series like the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-lead sitcom So Little Time, in which he played Manuelo Del Valle for all 22 episodes. The character was a fan-favorite thanks to his catchphrase, "I don't hate it," highlighted in the compilation below.
Most recently, Negron appeared in several short films, and has three movies currently in production. With his volume and range of work, it's safe to say that Negron will be remembered for many generations to come.