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Video | Late actor Taylor Negron speaks of Lucille Ball at 2012 Gay Pride Week fundraiser

Actors Taylor Negron and Ray Walston in a classroom scene from ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ (1982).
Actors Taylor Negron and Ray Walston in a classroom scene from ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ (1982). Universal Studios

Actor-comedian-writer Taylor Negron has died at 57 after a long battle with cancer, reports Negron’s death was announced on YouTube by his cousin, Three Dog Night founder Chuck Negron.

Negron became famous as a pizza delivery man in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

At age 19, he trained in comedy under the great Lucille Ball. Nearly three years ago, Negron reminisced about his life with Lucy at a benefit for It Gets Better Project during Gay Pride Week in New York City.

Posted in 2012 to YouTube:

Actor Taylor Negron reads his homage to legendary comedian Lucille Ball @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Gay Pride Week Queer Apple Fundraiser Extravaganza, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 116 MacDougal Street Bar/Lounge, Manhattan, New York City. Hosted by Aimee Herman.

A benefit for the It Gets Better Project.

An accomplished standup comedian, actor, and writer, Taylor Negron has starred in his own HBO special and appeared on The Tonight Show as well as in such films as Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Aristocrats, and the classic Punchline (alongside Sally Field and Tom Hanks).

The Inspired Word is one of the country's hottest open mic spoken word poetry/performance series. Produced by longtime journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner and hosted by HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye, NYC spoken word legend Nathan P., poet Aimee Herman, and actor/comedian Erica Bradshaw, it happens every week in downtown Manhattan, New York City.

Video by Mike Geffner.

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