March 01, 2019

'Sanford and Son' Star Nathaniel Taylor Dies at 80

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Nathaniel Taylor, an alum of the old comedy show "Sanford and Son" has passed away at the age of 80. 

Taylor rose to popularity with the classic series in which he played the character of "Rollo." On the show, he was a bubbly yet bizarre friend of Lamont Sanford. 

The husband and father died of a heart attack on February 27 according to his longtime friend Alonzo Williams. Williams also works in entertainment. He spoke of a heart attack that Taylor experienced on Saturday, February 23.

Nathaniel Taylor, actor | Photo: Getty Images


In a statement, Williams paid tribute to his old buddy: 

"Today black Hollywood lost a 70s legend Nathaniel Taylor better known as 'Rollo' of the hit show Sanford and son past Feb 27th at UCLA medical center of complications from a recent heart attack."

He continued: 

"Taylor's character on Sanford and was the lovable, funny but questionable friend of Lamont the co-star of the show. Services are yet to be announced.”


Taylor also starred in several action movies including 1972's "Trouble Man," 1973's "As Above, So Below," 1977's "Passing Through," and 1980's "The Hunter." 

He is survived by his wife Loretta and their six children. The actor also leaves behind many grandkids and some great-grandchildren.  

Another cast member of the show who is still living is Norma Miller. At 99, she's as sassy as ever and is still known as the Queen of Swing for her dancing.

Miller played Dolly in "Sanford and Son." She also worked as a choreographer, comedian, author, and dancer. She was in a group called Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. 

The stand-up comedian is known for her looks even now. In 2016, she divulged that she uses Oil of Olay now and then to retain her vigor. She further encouraged people to embrace every stage of aging, wrinkles and all.