Julia Anne Sweeney is an American actress and author. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994, she voiced Brittany in Father of the Pride. Sweeney was born in Spokane, the daughter of Robert Mark Sweeney and Jeraldine "Jeri" Sweeney, her father was federal prosecutor, while her mother was a homemaker. Sweeney has an Irish Catholic background. Sweeney is the oldest of five children, she had two brothers, William Robert "Bill" Sweeney, Michael Ivers Sweeney, both who died, a brother, Jim Sweeney, a sister, Meg Sweeney. Sweeney was raised in Spokane; as a child, she was drawn to inventing characters. Sweeney attended Marycliff High School and Gonzaga Preparatory School, where she appeared in a number of plays, she graduated with a double major in economics and European history at the University of Washington, where she became a member of Delta Gamma sorority. After graduation, Sweeney moved to Los Angeles where she worked as an accountant for Columbia Pictures and United Artists.
In 1988, while still working as an accountant, Sweeney enrolled in classes with the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings being selected to be part of the troupe's Sunday Company. It was at The Groundlings that she began to develop characters, which she would bring to the stage and television, they include Mea Culpa, the title character of Mea's Big Apology, which won the Best Written Play Award from L. A. has been developed by Sweeney into a screenplay. In 1992, she worked with the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, performing in the music video for their hit "Neighbor" and contributing introductory audio to two tracks, "Goddamn Devil" and "Everything About You"; the latter was on the soundtrack to the Lorne Michaels movie Wayne's World. In 1994, she had a small role as "Raquel" in the movie Pulp Fiction. At a Groundlings performance in 1989, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels discovered Sweeney and offered her a spot as one of SNL's featured players, she joined the regular SNL cast the following year and remained with the show through four seasons, from 1990 to 1994.
Sweeney's 1993 impression of Chelsea Clinton caused a stir when Hillary Clinton found it offensive and sent an angry letter to SNL's Studio 8H. Sweeney has created and performed three autobiographical monologues, God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, Letting Go of God. After leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, Sweeney returned to Los Angeles where, shortly afterwards, her career was put on hold by a series of personal traumas, her brother Michael was diagnosed with lymphoma, shortly thereafter Sweeney discovered that she too had cancer. Her brother did not survive the cancer. Throughout the ordeal, Sweeney told stories of her experiences in serio-comic performances at L. A.'s alternative comedy club, the Un-Cabaret developing the stories into a one-woman stage show, God Said Ha!, which debuted at San Francisco's Magic Theater in 1995. God Said Ha! moved to Broadway, winning the 1996 New York Comedy Festival's Audience Award, a CD recording of the show earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album that same year.
Miramax released a film version of the show in 1998, directed by Sweeney and produced by Quentin Tarantino. The film earned the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle Film Festival, it was released on DVD in 2003. Portions of the monologues from Un-Cabaret were featured on This American Life in January 1996 in episode 9. Since her initial monologue, she has appeared on three more This American Life episodes. Sweeney's second monologue chronicled the adoption of her daughter from China. In the Family Way started on stage in New York City in early 2003 at the Ars Nova Theatre; the show was directed by Mark Brokaw. The show migrated to the Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. Sweeney has released a CD recording of In the Family Way, in 2006 she performed a 25-minute excerpt of this show at the Hollywood Bowl with a new orchestration written for her piece by the composer Anthony Marinelli and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sweeney's third autobiographical monologue is titled Letting Go of God.
In it, she discusses her Catholic upbringing, early religious ideology, the life events and internal search that led her to believe that the universe can function on its own without a deity to preside over it, to her becoming an atheist. Sweeney shares the account of when her mother told her that her birthday was October 10 instead of September 10, how traumatic it was to discover she was not a winsome Virgo but a Libra, she worked the show in small theaters and clubs around Los Angeles for three years and opened it at the Hudson Backstage Theater in October 2004. An audio recording of Letting Go of God was released on CD in 2006, it was filmed live on stage in May 2007; the film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 13, 2008. The DVD of the show was released in November 2008. Richard Dawkins referenced Letting Go of God several times in his book The God Delusion. Julia Sweeney was a writer for the SNL film, her other film roles include Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Pulp Fiction, Whatever It Takes, Stuart Little.
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Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is the sequel to 1999's Stuart Little, itself loosely based on the original 1945 children's book by E. B. White, stars Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, alongside the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie Griffith, James Woods, Steve Zahn. Set three years after the first film, the plot follows Stuart Little as he and family cat Snowbell must save a small bird named Margalo from the Falcon; the film was released to theaters on July 19, 2002 by Columbia Pictures, grossed $170 million against a $120 million budget. It was followed by a third film, a direct-to-video sequel entitled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005. However, unlike the previous two films, which were hybrids of live action and animation, the third one was animated. Three years after the first film, Stuart Little questions his abilities following a disastrous soccer match alongside his brother George, who accidentally kicked him with a soccer ball despite said kick scoring the winning goal for their team.
Stuart's relationship with George is strained further after he accidentally crashes a model airplane they were working on in the city park. Stuart's father, tries to encourage him, telling him that "every cloud has a silver lining." An injured canary named Margalo falls into Stuart's roadster on his way home from school. Stuart takes her home and introduces her to the Little family, where he invites Margalo to stay with them for a while, to which she accepts. However, Margalo is secretly assisting a peregrine falcon aptly named Falcon to steal valuables from households upon earning the homeowners' trust. Orphaned as a fledging, Margalo assists Falcon in exchange for a home, but Margalo grows reluctant to steal from the Littles. Unable to concentrate on her assignment for Falcon, Margalo becomes close friends with Stuart. Falcon loses patience and threatens to eat Stuart unless Margalo steals Eleanor's wedding ring. Concerned for Stuart's safety, she reluctantly complies; when the Littles discover that the ring is missing, they think it has fallen down their kitchen sink drain.
Stuart offers to be lowered down the drain on a string to get it, but the string breaks while he is down the drain. A guilt-stricken Margalo saves him leaves the Littles' house the following night to protect Stuart. Upon realizing Margalo's disappearance, Stuart assumes she has been kidnapped by Falcon and decides to rescue her with the Littles' cat Snowbell. Before he runs away from home, Stuart asks George to lie about his whereabouts to his parents while he is gone. With the help of Snowbell's alley cat friend Monty and Snowbell discover that Falcon lives at the top of the Pishkin Building. There, Falcon reveals to Stuart that Margalo works for him, stole his mother's ring, faked being injured. Though Stuart doesn't believe him at first, he reveals his mother's ring; when Margalo tries to reassure Stuart that she is his friend, Stuart begs her to come home with him. Falcon flippantly remarks. Infuriated by his blinkered claim, he attempts to kill Falcon by shooting an arrow from a Recurve Bow at him, but this turns out to be futile as the arrow bounces off of his beak, Provoking him to the point where he attempts to kill Stuart by dropping him from the top of the building, only for Stuart to land in a passing garbage truck before he gets knocked unconscious upon impact though Falcon remains unaware of Stuart's survival.
Falcon traps Margalo in a paint can as punishment for befriending Stuart, but Snowbell manages to reach the top of the building while Falcon is absent and releases her. Regaining consciousness on a garbage barge and losing hope, Stuart sadly considers giving up until he finds George's broken yet still-functioning model airplane on the barge, repairs it with various pieces of junk, uses it to return to Margalo. Meanwhile, the Littles discover that George has been lying about Stuart's whereabouts and demand to know where he is. George tries not to break his promise, but when Frederick tells him that Stuart's safety matters more, George tells them that he is at the Pishkin Building but is still in big trouble for lying. Falcon attacks Snowbell for getting involved in the first place, but Margalo declares her independence from him and attempts to flee with Eleanor's ring. Just as Falcon catches up, Stuart catches Margalo in his plane; the Littles follow them by the New York City Taxi as Stuart and Margalo fly through Central Park, with Falcon in hot pursuit.
Knowing they cannot outrun Falcon, Stuart decides to attack him directly. Using the glare of the Sun reflected in Eleanor's ring to temporarily blind Falcon, Stuart jumps out of the plane just before it crashes into Falcon. Margalo catches Stuart, they reunite with the Littles to return home. Falcon, crippled and no longer able to fly, falls out of the sky and lands in a trash can where Monty is searching for food. Sometime Margalo says goodbye to the Littles and leaves to migrate south for the winter. After this, Martha and Stuart's new sister, says her first words, "Bye-bye Birdie", much to the delight of the family, who celebrate before heading into the comfort of their home. Michael J. Fox as the voice of Stuart Little, an anthropomorphic teenage mouse adopted as the middle child of the Little family. Melanie Griffith as the voice of Margalo, a canary who befriends Stuart. Nathan Lane as the voice of Snowbell, the family cat, Stuart's best friend. James Woods as the voice of The Falcon. Geena Davis as Eleanor Little and George's m
Alan Anthony Silvestri is an American composer and conductor known for his film and television scores. He is best known for his frequent collaboration with Robert Zemeckis, composing for such major hit films as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, as well as the superhero films Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, his other film scores include Predator and its sequel Predator 2, The Abyss, Stuart Little, The Mummy Returns, Lilo & Stitch, Night at the Museum, Ready Player One. He is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee, a three-time Saturn Award and Primetime Emmy Award recipient. Silvestri's grandparents emigrated in 1909 from the Italian town of Castell'Alfero, settled in Teaneck, New Jersey, he grew up in Teaneck, attended Teaneck High School. He went to Berklee College of Music for two years. Alan was a drummer for a short time in 1966 with Teaneck-based rock band The Herd.
Silvestri started his film/television composing career in 1972 at age 21 composing the score for the low-budget action film The Doberman Gang. From 1977 to 1983, Silvestri served as the main composer for the television series CHiPs, writing music for 95 of the series' 139 episodes. Silvestri met film director Robert Zemeckis when the two worked together on Zemeckis's film Romancing the Stone. Since Silvestri has composed the music for all of Zemeckis's movies, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and The Walk. In 1989, Silvestri composed the score for the James Cameron-directed blockbuster The Abyss, is known for his work on the films Predator and Predator 2, both of which are considered preeminent examples of action/science fiction film scores. Since 2001, Silvestri has collaborated with director Stephen Sommers, scoring the films The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
His most recent work includes The Avengers, The Croods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Avengers: Infinity War. Silvestri has composed music for television series, including T. J. Hooker, Starsky & Hutch, Tales from the Crypt. In 2014, he composed the award-winning music for the science documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. On January 31, 2014, it was announced that a stage musical adaptation of Back to the Future was in production; the show, being co-written by original writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, was expected to be performed in 2015, on the 30th anniversary year of the film. Silvestri will team up with Glen Ballard to compose a new score, with the addition of original songs from the film, including "The Power of Love", "Johnny B. Goode", "Earth Angel" and "Mr. Sandman". Silvestri and his wife Sandra own a vineyard, Silvestri Vineyards, located in Carmel Valley, California. Silvestri has received two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump and one for Best Original Song for "Believe" on The Polar Express soundtrack.
He received two Golden Globe nominations: Best Score for Forrest Gump and Best Song for The Polar Express. Silvestri was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1995, he has received four Grammy Award nominations, winning two awards – Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for "Believe" from The Polar Express in 2004 and Best Instrumental Composition, for "Cast Away End Credits" from Cast Away in 2002. His other nomination was for Back to the Future. During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Josh Groban performed "Believe".<ref> He has won two Emmys, both for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the episode "Standing Up in the Milky Way". He has won the Saturn Award for Best Music three times, for his scores for Predator, Back to the Future Part III and Van Helsing. On September 23, 2011, he was awarded with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award by the City of Vienna at the yearly film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna.
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Allyce Beasley is an American actress, voice artist and comedian. She is best-known for her role as rhyming, love-struck receptionist Agnes DiPesto in the television series Moonlighting. From 2000 to March 30, 2007, she was the announcer on Playhouse Disney, a morning lineup of programming for toddlers on Disney Channel, she appeared as a guidance counselor in the Reese Witherspoon film comedy Legally Blonde and played Coach's daughter, Lisa Pantusso, on Cheers. She announced the safety video during The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida. Beasley was born Allyce Tannenberg in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, she is the daughter of Harriet, a bookkeeper, Marvin Tannenberg, a cartoonist. Beasley married Christopher Sansocie in 1970, they divorced in 1972. From 1985 to 1988, she was married to actor Vincent Schiavelli. In 1999, Beasley married for the third time to her current husband Jim Bosche. Beasley is a breast cancer survivor. Beasley has worked as a voice actress, she is best known for Miss Alordayne Grotke in the popular Walt Disney TV series Recess and in 1999 she appeared in the movie Stuart Little along with her co star from Recess, Dabney Coleman.
On a computer game called Pacxon, she provides the voice of Clyde's mom. She has voiced herself in an episode of Johnny Bravo, made a guest appearance in the television series The Wild Thornberrys, Extreme Ghostbusters, Pound Puppies, Darkwing Duck, Lloyd in Space and Duckman and the film Garfield on the Town and voiced several characters in the video game EverQuest II, she narrated for Playhouse Disney from 2000 until March 30, 2007. She was the announcer for the safety video with Itchy and Scratchy that plays during The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida. During the summer of 2009, she was seen onstage in The Drowsy Chaperone at Gateway Playhouse on Long Island, playing Mrs. Tottendale, she replaced Veanne Cox in the role of Mme. Renaud/Mme. Dindon in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles alongside Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge on September 14, 2010. In the Spring of 2014, she portrayed Doris in the musical Damn Yankees with Lora Lee Gayer at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.
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Jeffrey Duncan Jones is an American character actor best known for his roles as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice, A. W. Merrick in Deadwood, his career started in Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and advanced to London and Broadway. In film and television, Jones has had many roles which capitalized on his deadpan portrayal of characters in unusual situations to comic effect, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in Amadeus and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble cast of Deadwood. After graduating from the Putney School in 1964, Jones enrolled at Lawrence University as a premed student, where his performances in university productions brought him to the attention of Tyrone Guthrie, who recruited him for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he went to London in 1969 to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, followed by a three-year stint with the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.
His stage career included more than 125 productions, starting with the Guthrie Theater internationally in South America and London, in New York's Broadway theatre, appearing with Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, David Bowie and Meryl Streep. Productions included, Cloud 9, A Flea in Her Ear and Juliet and The Elephant Man, his transition from stage to film began in 1970. Jones began acting in small parts in television in the 1970s. In his best-known roles as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice, Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, his dead-pan expression and distinctive face bring a comic flavor to his characters through their reactions to the situations in which they find themselves, more so than the wit in their scripted lines; the New York Times' biographic profile says of Jones, "Although he has tried to steer clear of playing only sinister roles, the actor's imposing height, bugged-out eyes, easy sneer, shock of reddish-blond hair give him vaguely devilish features that have prompted villain typecasting.
However, the actor is widely respected and considered a boon wherever he appears." The profile describes his portrayals variously as a "hissable, cartoonish high school principal" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a "good-natured father" in Beetlejuice, "an interplanetary freedom fighter" in Mom and Dad Save the World, a "demon stand-in" in Stay Tuned, "evil bespectacled twins" in Out on a Limb, plus other personae in a variety of other roles. Jones' work in the Lucille Lortel Theatre production of Cloud 9 was noticed by the casting team of Easy Money, earning Jones a supporting role opposite Rodney Dangerfield. Cloud 9 further attracted the attention of director Miloš Forman, who cast Jones as Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor in Amadeus, an adaptation of the Peter Shaffer play of the same name. Critic James Berardinelli noted that Jones portrayed the Emperor "as a superficial and self-absorbed ruler who can't tell the difference between a great opera and a mediocre one". Vincent Canby of The New York Times praised the performance, citing the film's most memorable line, when the Emperor complains of Die Entführung aus dem Serail that "there are too many notes".
Jones' work earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Jones' performance as Edward R. Rooney in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off made him a cultural icon. Rooney, self-important and obsessed with catching the chronically truant Ferris Bueller, became a symbol of pomposity and authoritarian hatefulness; the New York Times' review characterized Jones' performance as having "fine cartoon like ferocity", wherein his character "gets scratched, attacked by ferocious dogs and covered with mud while pursuing his weaker, but craftier prey, emerges each time bruised but undaunted, thinking up some new plan." The review likened Jones' role as akin to that of Wile E. Coyote as a character, fated to be unable to catch The Road Runner. Jones expressed concern about being remembered more for this role than for Amadeus, he further said, regarding the film's premise, "What's amazing about Ferris Bueller, is that we're asked to, do, sympathise with a kid whose only complaint in life is that his sister got a car for her birthday and he got a computer."
In the horror comedy film Beetlejuice and Catherine O'Hara portrayed a married couple who unwittingly become co-owners of a haunted house. To highlight this couple's status as bores, director Tim Burton cast Dick Cavett and Robert Goulet to appear as their guests at a dinner party, at which the ghosts of the previous owners cause everyone to sing "Day-O". Jones collaborated with Burton again on the films Ed Wood, in which he portrays The Amazing Criswell, Sleepy Hollow. Shortly prior to the release of Sleepy Hollow, Jones said of Burton "I've known Tim now for quite some time and enjoy working with him. I like his sensibility, he's great fun." Jones played Dr. Walter Jenning in the George Lucas film Howard the Duck, he portrayed Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes spoof film Without a Clue. In The Hunt for Red October, he played ex-submarine commander Skip Tyler, who identifies the Red October's propulsion system to Alec Baldwin's Jack Ryan, he appeared as real life figure Thomas Putnam in The Crucible.
As lumber mogul Joe Potter, Jones was the primary antagonist of the Eddie Murphy comedy Dr. Dolittle 2. One of Jones' earliest television roles was in an episode of the short-lived CBS series Sara, he showcased his villain persona as the sinister M
Stan Freberg was an American author, recording artist, voice artist, radio personality and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1943. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it, his best-known works include "St. George and the Dragonet", Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, his role on the television series Time for Beany, a number of classic television commercials. Freberg was born Stanley Friberg in Pasadena, the son of Evelyn Dorothy, a housewife, Victor Richard Friberg, a Baptist minister. Freberg was a Christian and of Irish descent. Freberg's work reflected both his gentle sensitivity and his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors—an impediment to his radio career when he took over for Jack Benny on CBS radio; as Freberg explained to Rusty Pipes: After I replaced Jack Benny in 1957, they were unable to sell me with spot announcements in the show. That would mean. So I said, "Forget it.
I want to be sponsored by one person", like Benny was, by American Tobacco or State Farm Insurance, except that I wouldn't let them sell me to American Tobacco. I refused to let them sell me to any cigarette company. Freberg's first wife, died in 2000, he had two children from Donna Jean and Donavan. He married Betty Hunter in 2001. Freberg began his career doing impersonations on Cliffie Stone's radio show in 1943. Freberg was employed as a voice actor in animation shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School, he began at Warner Brothers in 1944 by getting on a bus and asking the driver to let him off "in Hollywood". As he describes in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, he got off the bus and found a sign that said "talent agency", he walked in, the agents there arranged for him to audition for Warner Brothers cartoons where he was promptly hired. Thus began Freberg's professional career in entertainment, which lasted for more than 70 years, all the way up to his death, his first notable cartoon voice work was in a Warner Brothers cartoon called For He's a Jolly Good Fala, recorded but never filmed, followed by Roughly Squeaking as Bertie.
He found himself paired with Mel Blanc while at Warner Bros. where the two men performed such pairs as the mice Hubie and Bertie and Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier. In 1950, he was the voice of Friz Freleng's "Dumb Dog" in "Foxy by Proxy", who meets up with a disguised Bugs Bunny wearing a fox suit, he was the voice of Pete Puma in the 1952 cartoon Rabbit's Kin, in which he did an impression of an early Frank Fontaine characterization. Freberg is credited with voicing the character of Junyer Bear in Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears, but, actor Kent Rogers. After Rogers was killed during World War II, Freberg assumed the role of Junyer Bear in Chuck Jones' Looney Tunes cartoon What's Brewin', Bruin?, featuring Jones' version of The Three Bears. He succeeded Rogers as the voice of Beaky Buzzard. Freberg was heard in many Warner Brothers cartoons, but his only screen credit on one was Three Little Bops, his work as a voice actor for Walt Disney Productions included the role of Mr. Busy the Beaver in Lady and the Tramp and did voice work in Susie the Little Blue Coupe and Lambert the Sheepish Lion.
Freberg provided the voice of Sam, the orange cat paired with Sylvester in the Academy Award-nominated short Mouse and Garden. He voiced the father of Wile E. Coyote, in the 2000 short Little Go Beep. Freberg was cast to sing the part of the Jabberwock in the song "Beware the Jabberwock" for Disney's Alice in Wonderland, with the Rhythmaires and Daws Butler. Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul, the song was a musical rendering of the poem "Jabberwocky" from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass; the song was not included in the final film, but a demo recording was included in the 2004 and 2010 DVD releases of the movie. Freberg made his movie debut as an on-screen actor in the comedy Callaway Went Thataway, a satirical spoof on the marketing of Western stars. Freberg costarred with Mala Powers in Geraldine as sobbing singer Billy Weber, enabling him to reprise his satire on vocalist Johnnie Ray. In 1963's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, Freberg appeared in a non-speaking role as the Deputy Sheriff and acted as the voice of a dispatcher.
Contrary to popular belief George Lucas called upon Freberg, not Mel Blanc, to audition for the voice of the character C-3PO for the 1977 film Star Wars. After he and many others auditioned for the part, Freberg suggested that Lucas use mime actor Anthony Daniels' voice. Freberg began making satirical recordings for Capitol Records, beginning with the February 10, 1951, release of "John and Marsha", a soap opera parody that consisted of the title characters doing nothing but repeating each other's names; some radio stations refused to play "John & Marsha," believing it to be an actual romantic conversation between two real people. In a 1954 follow-up, he used pedal steel guitarist Speedy West to satirize the 1953 Ferlin Husky country hit, "A Dear
Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron was an American actor, comedian and playwright. Negron was born in Glendale, the son of Puerto Rican couple Lucy and Conrad Negron, Sr, his cousin is musician Chuck Negron, of Three Dog Night fame. He grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles. While still in high school, Negron's career in comedy began with a stand-up performance at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. After this appearance, Negron ventured into being a Hollywood extra, as well as a repeat contestant on Chuck Barris' ABC daytime show The Dating Game. Before his film career began, Negron was exposed to both dramatic and comedic legends: Lee Strasberg and Lucille Ball. In a work-study program at the famed Actors Studio, Negron worked as Strasberg's assistant. At Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in 1977, Negron worked as Ball's intern while she was a guest teacher at the school. Negron's motion picture appearances include Angels in The Aristocrats. Among Negron's television appearances are guest star roles on That's So Raven, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Ben Stiller Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, Friends, My Wife and Kids, Seinfeld, ER, Party of Five, Falcon Crest.
In addition to being a semiregular guest on Off Beat Cinema, he co-starred in Smart Guy and Wizards of Waverly Place. He appeared in Comedy Central's UnCabaret special as well as its Amazon episodes, he appeared as Melinda Hill's date in one episode of the 2013 web series Romantic Encounters. His last television role was the part of an acting coach in Season 1, Episode 5 of The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, he appeared on an episode of The Dating Game on March 16, 1970. In 2008, he wrote The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron – A Fusion of Story and Song, directed by opera director David Schweitzer and co-starring singer/songwriter Logan Heftel; the show debuted to critical acclaim in the Green Room at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. It ran in the 2009 Best of New York Solo Festival at the SoHo Playhouse and at the Barrow Street Theater. Kate Copstick of The Scotsman wrote of it, "The underlying theme of this spellbinding hour seems to be Nietzschean –'that which does not destroy me makes me strong'.
And if that doesn't sound like out-and-out comedy, good. Because the show is not out-and-out comedy, it is a mix of music and comedy." His comedy essays have been published in the anthology Dirty Laundry and Love West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles. Director Justin Tanner revived Negron's play Gangster Planet, a four-character domestic comedy set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, chosen by the Los Angeles Times as a Critic's Choice. Another play, Downward Facing Bitch, a suspense comedy, was developed with director Kiff Scholl. Negron was a regular contributor to Wendy Hammer's Tasty Words, Jill Solloway's "Sit and Spin", Hilary Carlip's online magazine Fresh Yarns, as well as the Huffington Post, he performed across the United States and was one of the original members of the UnCabaret, dubbed "The Mother Show of Alternative Comedy" by the LA Weekly, where Negron fused standup, dada poetry, stream of consciousness storytelling. Negron was an accomplished painter whose artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Los Angeles' Laemmle Royal Theater and the Hotel de Ville Lifestyle.
Although he left his initial art school education when he was 19 years old, Negron received training at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Art Students League in New York City. His work was influenced by Henri Matisse, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Don Bachardy, David Hockney. Negron was gay. Negron was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2008. On January 10, 2015, he died at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, at the age of 57. Taylor Negron on IMDb Interview, g4tv.com Profile, jointhemediacircus.com Taylor Negron profile, Aveleyman.com