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(CBS)- Veteran character actor and stand-up comedian Taylor Negron has died at age 57.

Negron died after a long battle with cancer.

The comedian played memorable roles in movies like “Punchline,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,”  “Easy Money,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Stuart Little,” “The Last Boy Scout” and his motion picture debut in “Young Doctors In Love.”

He was usually cast as the snarky or high pizza delivery guy, waiter, nerd or doctor with edge. In fact, he played a pizza guy three times in the aforementioned “Fast Times,” as well as”Bio-Dome” and “Vamps.”

His TV credits include “The Hughleys,” “Dream On,” “Falcon Crest” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Born Brad Taylor Negron, the comedian studied acting with famed teacher Lee Strasberg and comedy with Lucille Ball.

While never a big star or even a household name, if you asked most working comedians who one of their funniest contemporaries is, Negron’s name would often come up. He worked extensively with more than 130 credits to his name.

Tom Hanks, who played a stand-up in “Punchline,” credited Negron with teaching him the hard discipline and making him look believable on screen.