'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' actor and comedian Taylor Negron dies at 57

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Actor, Comedian Taylor Negron Dies At 57

Actor and comedian Taylor Negron has died at 57, following a long fight against cancer. Negron's cousin Chuck announced his passing late Saturday.

Early on in his career, Negron studied his craft under actor Lee Strasberg and comedian Lucille Ball. He later embarked on a broad career of character actor appearances on the big and small screen.

When not acting or doing comedy, Negron was an avid painter.

"Painting helps me see what is real," Negron told History of Cool.

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Taylor Negron attends the premiere of "Diana" hosted by The Cinema Society, Linda Wells and Allure Magazine at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Taylor Negron attends the New York Comedy Festival's Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Sean Penn, right, accepts the award for guy movie hall of fame for "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" as, from left, Taylor Negron, Forest Whitaker, Amy Heckerling, Brian Backer, Judge Reinhold, and Robert Romanus look on at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) AFI FEST Artistic Director Rose Kuo, AFI alumni Director Amy Heckerling and actor Taylor Negron attend AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi held at the Rooftop Village at ArcLight Cinemas on November 6, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Taylor Negron during Cure Autism Now - Acts of Love - Arrivals at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
Taylor Negron and Jessica Benton during 'The Aristocrats' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angles, California, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for ThinkFilm)
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Deck The Halls' Episode 15 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Taylor Negron as Vic -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
Kuess Mich, Doc Young Doctors In Love Taylor Negron, Michael McKean, Sean Young *** Local Caption *** 1982 --
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Taylor Negron attends the premiere of 'Misery' on November 29, 1990 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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One of Negron's best known roles was as the pizza guy in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Negron also had parts in "The Last Boy Scout," "Easy Money," "Clueless" and many more. He described his relatable roles in a May 2014 interview with KCET.

"I think people really like that in a movie. I became the alternative every man..."

Now, actors and comedians he knew are remembering him on Twitter.

Negron is survived by his mother and brother Alex.

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Boy did I learn stuff from #TaylorNegron Rest, my friend, rest. You did such a very good job.
O @Taylor_Negron countless nights of laughing, bombing, crushing it, doing standup together. Best post show recaps ever! RIP
I had a conversation with Taylor Negron one night at an SNL after party. He was so kind and funny and I think about it all the time. RIP
RIP comedian Taylor Negron. Always a terrific addition to any cast he worked with or show he performed on.
Rest In Peace @Taylor_Negron.
i got to host @TheMoth where Taylor Negron told this story about his pet monkey & Jim Morrison & i won't forget it! http://t.co/1Vwv5CNawF
Hung out with Taylor Negron at the old Luna Park in the 90s. As fascinating in person as he was funny onstage. #RIPTaylorNegron
RIP: A Last Gift From The Genius Mind of Taylor Negron: Reflections On A Life Spent Playing Everyman http://t.co/MlyosWDI4c
RIP Taylor Negron. Warm funny nice. And hilarious. Watch Easy Money young Doctors in Love or his cameo in Fast Times.
My brilliant beautiful elegant friend @Taylor_Negron heartbreakingly gone he embodied the spirit of a great artist l… http://t.co/CrHfHA4S4v
R.I.P. Taylor Negron. Genuinely kind, hilarious, sincere human being. We lost a good one today.
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