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Taylor Mead dies at 88; underground film legend and bohemian artist
Taylor Mead dies at 88; underground film legend and bohemian artist

Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88. A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet and artist, Mead was visiting family in Colorado when he had a stroke, said his niece, Priscilla Mead. Called "the Charlie Chaplin of the 1960s underground," Mead was an elfin figure with kewpie-doll eyes who appeared, by his count, in 130 films, starting with the 1960 art house classic "The Flower Thief." In a review for the Village Voice, film critic J. Hoberman pronounced him "the first underground movie...

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