Nathaniel Taylor, who played Rollo on 'Sanford and Son' dies

Variety reported that Taylor died February 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.

Throughout his career, Taylor had roles on several television shows, but he was best known as Rollo, which he reprised for the Sanford and Son spin-off, Grady. He would have celebrated his 81st birthday on March 31.

Taylor also played the first version of Jim-Jam with Redd Foxx on the 1986 series The Redd Foxx Show. Despite this, Rollo had a frequent presence in Lamont's life, a presence flourished with a wardrobe of colorful suits and hats.

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Following Sanford and Son, Taylor continued acting as well as opened his own performing arts studio. Instead, Taylor considered it an honor. "It was an honor for people to remember him".

Taylor's character, Rollo, was the sidekick to Lamont Sanford, played by actor Demond Wilson, and often drew the skepticism of TV patriarch Fred Sanford, who thought Rollo was a bad influence on Lamont because he'd spent time in jail.

While Taylor is best known for his role on the show from 1972-1977, the actor also appeared in a number of action films like Trouble Man (1972) and The Hunter (1980). He is survived by his wife, Loretta; daughters Laronda, Natalie, Donna and Cheryl; sons Nate Jr., Kaedi and Jamaal; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene; and two sisters, Mary and Betty.

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