Hollywood is remembering Taylor Negron, 57, who died Saturday after a long battle with cancer and is known for his role as the Pizza Guy in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
“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, announced in a video. “May he rest in peace.”
Remembered by Billy Crystal as a “brilliantly funny comedian,
actor and wonderful painter,” Negron was a very familiar face to movie-goers. People magazine reports that he began his career when he was 19 as an intern for comedic legend Lucille Ball.
A Glendale, California-native, he was well-known on the stand-up comedy circuit, as well as in many roles on film and television, including The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, along with appearances on Friends, ER, Wizards of Waverly Place and Seinfeld.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) January 11, 2015
Taylor Negron was a very smart, funny caring individual with a unique comedic voice. #RESPECT
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 11, 2015
Boy did I learn stuff from @Taylor_Negron Rest, my friend, rest. You did such a very good job.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) January 11, 2015
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 11, 2015
I had the great goofy pleasure of working with Taylor Negron years ago, and always enjoyed his company. A very good, very funny man.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) January 11, 2015
I admired Taylor Negron very much. He was a funny man. Rest In Peace.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) January 11, 2015