Nathaniel Taylor, who was best-known as Rollo on "Sanford and Son" (1972-1977), has reportedly died. According to Extra TV, he passed away on Thursday at the age of 80.
According to reports, he died of a heart attacked. Taylor's death was confirmed by promoter Alonzo Williams.
Williams wrote, “Today black Hollywood lost a 70s legend Nathaniel Taylor better known as 'Rolo' of the hit show Sanford and son past Feb 27th at UCLA medical center of complications from a recent heart attack. Taylors 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 made his TV debut in 1971. He also appeared in several action films like "Trouble Man" (1972) and "The Hunter" (1980). He had roles in two films by L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Larry Clark — "As Above, So Below" (1973) and "Passing Through" (1977).
In 2015, Taylor was asked to appear at an event to celebrate the restoration of the iconic Sanford truck. He said at the time, “I feel the people. I feel their genuineness. All the people here are so warm, and it’s autumn. This is something I will never ever forget.”
He is survived by his wife, six children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.