‘Seinfeld’ Actor Taylor Negron Dead at 57
Taylor Negron, an actor who appeared on “Seinfeld” as a hairdresser in 1993’s “Smelly Car” episode, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 57.
His cousin, Three Dog Night member Chuck Negron, took to YouTube on Saturday to tell his fans that Negron passed away over the weekend while surrounded by family.
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“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”
Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting career in 1979 with a role on CBS sitcom. “The Last Resort” and a lead role on ABC comedy “Detective School.”
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He had a small part in classic teen comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and a number of other ’80s comedies before guest starring on major network TV shows throughout the ’90s and 2000s.
Negron played parts on “Grace Under Fire,” “Friends,” “The Practice,” “ER,” “Nash Bridges,” “The Hughleys,” “Reno 911!” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” to name just a few.
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Other movie appearances include “The Last Boy Scout,” “Easy Money,” “One Crazy Summer,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Nothing But Trouble” and “Stuart Little.”
Famous friends and admirers, like comics Billy Crystal, Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch, took to Twitter over the weekend to mourn the loss of the actor.
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
O @Taylor_Negron countless nights of laughing, bombing, crushing it, doing standup together. Best post show recaps ever! RIP
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 11, 2015
So sad to hear of the loss of @Taylor_Negron. Brilliantly funny comedian actor and wonderful painter. #RestInPeace
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) January 11, 2015
Hung out with Taylor Negron at the old Luna Park in the 90s. As fascinating in person as he was funny onstage. #RIPTaylorNegron
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 11, 2015
#TaylorNegron was funny. He was also an encouraging and positive presence. It’s so sad every time the world loses a comedian.
— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) January 11, 2015
So sad to learn of the untimely passing of @Taylor_Negron – a sweet man, a dedicated artist, a sensitive soul. Bless you, pal.
— Dana Gould (@danagould) January 11, 2015
A Last Gift From The Genius Mind of Taylor Negron: Reflections On A Life Spent Playing Everyman http://t.co/BLG2aWH05E
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) January 11, 2015
Watch Negron’s “Seinfeld” performance here.
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