His name might not be right at the top of your lips like Tom Cruise or Denzel Washington, but Negron is one of those guys that you know right away by face. He almost feels like a friend of yours, since his films and TV show appearances have probably played in your living rooms hundreds of times.
Starting with his role as the pizza delivery kid in 1982’s classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High“, Taylor began a string of memorable appearances in films like “Young Doctors In Love“, “Better Off Dead“, “Punch Line“, “Stuart Little” and “Angels In The Outfield” among others. He’s also been featured on “Friends“, “Seinfeld“, “ER“, “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to name just a few. In 1991’s “The Last Boy Scout” he played against type as the villain, earning him one of the most memorable death scenes in film history (delivered by no less than Bruce Willis.)
Two of my personal favorite films that he was a part of were 1991’s “Nothing But Trouble” with John Candy, Chevy Chase, Demi Moore and Dan Aykroyd, where he played half of an obnoxious Brazilian couple trapped in a weird New Jersey town. A very young Tupac Shakur asppeared in the film as part of the band Digital Underground.
The other one was the 1983 comedy classic “Easy Money.”
In that film, a smash hit for its star Rodney Dangerfield, Negron plays Julio, the fiancee of Rodney’s daughter (Jennifer Jason Leigh.) Dangerfield’s character, Monty, cant stand him. At one point, Julio and his wife are estranged, so he goes to her house and tries to win her back by shouting up to her window. Not knowing what to say, he enlists his friend (shades of Cyrano DeBergerac) to whisper ideas to him from behind the shrubbery. When the friend tells Julio to tell her that he’s the man and how bad he is, Negron shouts “I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m so bad I should be in detention!” A few years later the heavy metal band Anthrax used the line in a song which became an instant hit. How cool. Even Laurence Olivier was never given an honor like that!
Negron still travels the country performing stand up comedy, and he has also found success as a playwright, poet and artist. He is the very definition of renaissance man.
I was lucky enough to connect with Mr. Negron recently, and he shared his thoughts on fan mail using his own unique take on life. This is what he had to say:
Q: Do you like getting fan mail?
A: It makes me nervous because I am an Extreme Leo and don’t like threads hanging off me and tend to keep a lean desk. If someone goes out of their way to express themselves I feel I must respond and then will get anxious if I don’t. It is very flattering
Q: How often do you respond to fan letters?
A: When they are genuine
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given to a fan?
A: Don’t go into show business and quit college, but if you do and you want to be in the theater learn how to paint sets and use a drill
Q: What’s the best piece of fan mail you’ve ever gotten?
A: That it was not required for me to use foul language in my stand -up comedy… that it undermines my vocabulary. I now only drop the F bomb on New Years Eve or birthdays
Q: Have you ever written a fan letter to someone?
A: Yeah, Mae West
Q: Did she reply?
A: Oh yes, she replied and asked me to “ Come on up”, and I did.
Q: What’s the most unusual piece of fan mail you’ve ever gotten?
A: They asked to have my name, “Taylor Negron” entered in the language of Esperanto,. I think as a verb
Q: What do you like to see in fan letters?
A: Return stamped envelopes
Q: What’s your pet peeve in some fan letters?
A: The people who have no clue who I am and are just asking for a reply on the outside chance I may win a Golden Globe or a Tony or marry Jennifer Ansiton
Q: What question or comment comes up more often than any other in fan letters sent to you?
A: “What was Tupac Shakur like” and “Did it hurt to have your head cut off in that Bruce Willis Movie?”
For more information on Taylor Negron and his work, visit www.TaylorNegron.com
Thanks Taylor for taking the time to chat! You really delivered.