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      Ron Taylor

      Ron Taylor

      Highest Rated: 96% Playing With Sharks (2021)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Oct 16, 1952

      Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, USA

      Ron Taylor began his acting career in 1983, cast as a "Big Black Guy" in the Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd comedy "Trading Places." Beyond his physical stature, Taylor possessed a sumptuous singing voice, earning several memorable voiceover roles. His career started slowly, with bit parts in the Denzel Washington action flick "The Mighty Quinn" and on the popular cop drama "Miami Vice." His first recurring role was on the mob drama "Wiseguy," followed by four episodes of the legal drama "Matlock." In the late '80s and early '90s Taylor's film work increased with small roles in B films such as the action comedies "Downtown," starring Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker, and "Heart Condition" starring Washington as the ghost of a lawyer haunting a racist cop. He again appeared onscreen with Whitaker as Hank in the crime comedy "A Rage in Harlem," about a beautiful girl on the run from gangsters, and in the TV movie "Lush Life." While he worked steadily in the '90s, cast in TV movies and popular series, a true breakthrough role eluded him. By far his most memorable role was as Bleeding Gums Murphy, the hobo sax man who inspires Lisa, on the cult phenomenon "The Simpsons." Off-screen Taylor enjoyed a career as a blues musician and Tony-nominated stage actor, including voicing the homicidal plant in the original production of the comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." Taylor passed away from a heart attack at age 49.

      Highest rated movies

      Playing With Sharks
      A Rage in Harlem
      Rover Dangerfield


      RAGE IN HARLEM, A, Ron Taylor, Robin Givens, Gregory Hines, Badja Djola, 1991, (c)Miramax Films



      96% 100% Playing With Sharks Unknown (Character) - 2021
      0% 28% Ritual Superintendant Archibald (Character) - 2001
      17% 56% Rover Dangerfield Mugsy/Bruno (Character) - 1991
      68% 52% A Rage in Harlem Hank (Character) $8.8M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Secret Tyler Mullins (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 34% Collision Course Auto worker 2, bowling alley (Character) - 1989
      50% 32% Relentless Captain Blakely (Character) $7.0M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Prisoner Deacon Holmes (Character) - 1989


      85% 76% The Simpsons Bleeding Gums Murphy (Guest Voice) 1990 1995 2013
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sentinel Writer 1999
      88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      83% 93% NYPD Blue Prisoner (Guest Star) 1993 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vinnie and Bobby Unknown (Character) 1992
      78% 92% Twin Peaks Coach Wingate (Guest Star) 1990-1991
      No Score Yet 90% Quantum Leap Papa David Harper (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1989-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Monroe Blue (Guest Star) 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984