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Ron Taylor (actor)

Taylor as Coach Wingate in Twin Peaks
Personal information
Birth nameRonald James Taylor
Birth dateOctober 16, 1952
Place of birthGalveston, Texas, United States
Date of deathJanuary 16, 2002(age 49)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActor, singer and writer
SpouseDeBorah Sharpe (1980 - 2002)

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Ronald James Taylor (October 16, 1952 January 16, 2002) was an American actor, singer and writer. He grew up in Galveston, Texas and later moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduating, he began working in musical theater, appearing in The Wiz (1977), before getting his break with the 1982 off-Broadway production Little Shop of Horrors. Taylor voiced the killer plant Audrey II in the show, which ran for five years and over 2,000 performances.

Taylor created and starred in the musical revue It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which charted the history of blues music, from its African origin to American success. Originally performed at high schools in Denver as a 45-minute piece, the revue was expanded to two hours, played around the country and opened on Broadway in 1999. It was met with critical acclaim, ran for eight months, and saw Taylor receive two Tony Award nominations.

He also had numerous television roles, appearing in The Simpsons, Twin Peaks, Ally McBeal and L.A. Law. His performance in the latter, as a singer who performed the American national "The Star-Spangled Banner" at baseball games, led him to perform the anthem at several real-life sporting events. Taylor was married and had one son. He died in January 2002 after suffering a heart attack.

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