Taylor Negron died earlier this week.
Odds are, if you’re aware of his work, it’s in the form of recognising him as one of those “hey, it’s that guy” actors who appeared in iconic bit parts. You never really learn their name, you just recognise them when they appear on screen and, occasionally, fire up IMDB on your phone so you can figure out where you know them from.
You learn interesting things when people pass away. In Negron’s case, I learned that he spent a lot of time as a storyteller in addition to being an actor, and the man is kinda spectacular in that role. Case in point, this piece done for The Moth, a live story-telling event devoted to true stories.
If you’ve got fifteen minutes free, give it a listen. I swear to god, you won’t regret it: