'The bloke who delivered the pizza to Spicoli'
Let's give a shout-out to comedian Taylor Negron, one of the most underappreciated actors of the 80s and beyond. In two 80s classics, he's just a mailman, delivering a copy of "How to Pick Up Trashy Women" to Badger in Better Off Dead and the bad news to Marlon in How I Got Into College. And in the epic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, he delivers the pizza to Spicoli during class.
An accomplished stand-up comedian, Negron has filmed his own HBO special and even played the role of an up-and-coming comedian with Tom Hanks in Punchline. He's appeared in more than 50 films and currently has four movies in post-production, including National Lampoon's Pledge This, co-starring Paris Hilton.
Raised in Southern California as Brad Negron, he's the cousin of Three Dog Night co-founder Chuck Negron. These days, "Taylor" supplements his acting and comedy with a successful career as an author of novels and short stories.
Five best Taylor Negron films of the 80s:
5. Punchline: The first movie when Tom Hanks is less than funny -- on purpose. Negron fits into the tight cast as another starving comic trying to make the big time.
4. Better Off Dead: "What's a little boy like you doing with big boy smut like this?"
3. Bad Medicine: An entertaining movie with Steve Guttenberg. Wow. Negron plays Pepe the cab driver at a Latin American medical school.
2. The Whoopee Boys: One of the funniest movies no one has heard of from the 80s, starring Michael O'Keefe and Paul Rodriguez. Taylor's signature line: "I've been peeeenalized."
1. Easy Money: Negron plays Julio, who tries to marry Rodney Dangerfield's daughter, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, offering her the Spanish version of The Joy of Sex and reassuring her: "I'll translate."
However, it's his role as the Fast Times pizza man that still to this day gets him kudos from die-hard 80s fans. He did the small role as a favor to his friend, director Amy Heckerling, and was paid with as much pizza as he could eat. In the closing credits, he appears only as "Taylor." But hardly a day goes by when he's not recognized. "Once in England," Negron writes on his website, "a skinhead yelled out, 'Hey, you're the bloke who delivered the pizza to Spicoli.'"