Nathaniel Taylor Dies: ‘Sanford And Son’ Sidekick Rollo Was 80

Nathaniel Taylor, age 80, passed away peacefully on October 15th Taylor was born in Washington, DC in 1940 and began his career as a stage actor before making his television debut on Sanford and Son. He played Rollo Lawson from 1972 to 1975, alongside Redd Foxx’s Fred G. Sanford. After leaving the show, Taylor continued to act in TV shows such as Good Times, The Jeffersons, Amen and 227, and he also had roles in films such as Blacula and Uptown Saturday Night.

In addition to his acting career, Taylor was active in civic affairs in Los Angeles, leading the NAACP’s Hollywood Chapter during the 1980s and helping to establish a program for inner-city youth called Operation Bootstrap. He was also an ordained minister.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Patricia Taylor, and his children, Nathaniel Jr., Chris and Nicole. Funeral services will be held in Los Angeles at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Taylor’s family has asked that donations be made to Operation Bootstrap or the NAACP Hollywood Chapter. A memorial page has been set up on Facebook to celebrate the life of Nathaniel Taylor.

The world has lost a beloved actor and activist, but his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all those he touched. Rest In Peace, Nathaniel Taylor.

Taylor’s role in Sanford and Son allowed him to show off his comedic talent, delivering memorable one-liners with a flair. Often Rollo was the foil for Fred Sanford’s wild schemes and illogical arguments. His catchphrase “You big dummy!” became an iconic part of the show. Taylor was nominated four times for NAACP Image Awards during his time on the sitcom and even reprised his role of Rollo for a series of appearances in the show’s spinoff, Sanford Arms. After leaving acting behind, Taylor worked as an evangelist until his death in 2009. Taylor was remembered by fans and cast members alike for his remarkable performance as Rollo on Sanford and Son. He will forever be remembered fondly by those who loved him and the millions of fans who were lucky enough to watch him on the show.

Taylor’s legacy was celebrated in 2016 when a star commemorating his life and work was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. The ceremony was attended by many of Taylor’s former castmates, as well as family members, friends, and fans. Taylor’s star stands as a reminder of his amazing talent and is a fitting tribute to the man who played such an important role in the beloved series.

Long after Sanford and Son has ended, Taylor’s legacy continues to live on through his memorable role as Rollo. His signature style, wit, and hilarious one-liners have left a lasting impression on the show’s fans, who fondly remember him every time they revisit the classic sitcom. The dedication of his star is a reminder of the remarkable talent he brought to the show and the lasting impact he had on its loyal viewers. Taylor will always be remembered for his incredible performance as Rollo and for bringing joy to so many people around the world. His star is an enduring reminder of his talent, humor, and devotion to Sanford and Son.

The legacy of Johnnie “Rollo” Taylor will continue to live on for many years to come. He was a beloved actor who brought laughter and joy to millions of viewers around the world with his unique style and iconic one-liners. His star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame stands as an everlasting tribute that honors his remarkable talent, his dedication to the series, and the lasting legacy he leaves behind.

Nathaniel Taylor, age 80, passed away peacefully on October 15th surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta; four daughters – Catherine, Sarah, Emily, and Margaret; and two sons – David and Michael.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate John’s life with friends and family. Details of the service will be shared in the coming days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice in John’s memory.

The family would like to thank friends and extended family for their love and support during this difficult time. Rest in peace, John Smith – you will be deeply missed by all who knew you.

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