‘Sanford and Son’ Actor Nathaniel Taylor Dies at 80: Reports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
March 3, 2019 Updated: March 3, 2019

Nathaniel Taylor, who played Rollo Lawson on “Sanford and Son,” died at the age of 80, according to reports last week.

His son, Kaedi Taylor, told The Associated Press that he died of a heart attack at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“It was a time and an era — just to be on TV as a black man, it was an honor,” Kaedi Taylor, a TV industry worker, told AP of his father’s role on the show. “It was an honor for people to remember him.”

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Taylor also appeared on “The Redd Foxx Show,” ″Police Story,” and “What’s Happening.”

In film, he appeared in Blaxpoitation films such as “Dynamite” and “Trouble Man.

In the 1980 spinoff, “Sanford,” he played the role of Rollo Lawson again.

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Music promoter Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams, a friend of Taylor’s, said he was a mentor to many people.

“He was always there with a wise word and a kind word and a joke to put a little icing on it,” Williams said.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Loretta, three sons and four daughters, AP reported.

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Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.