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Louis Van Taylor is a musician and actor who played a memorial service musician on the USS Enterprise-D in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "The Next Phase". As a background actor, he received no credit for his appearance.
Van Taylor also appeared as on-screen musician in the television series Full House, Night Court, Murder She Wrote, Seinfeld (starring Jason Alexander), and Glee. He also appeared in Beyoncé's Lemonade and Wild Turkey commercial in 2016.
His film work includes the horror sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987, with Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Clayton Landey, Brooke Bundy, and Nan Martin), the music drama Bird (1988, with Morgan Nagler, Bill Cobbs, Hamilton Camp, Tony Todd, Diane Salinger, Natalia Silverwood, Matthew Faison, Charley Lang, and Tim Russ), the drama The Man in the Moon (1991, with Gail Strickland), the music drama What's Love Got to Do with It (1993, with Sherman Augustus, Penny Johnson, Rob LaBelle, and Rudolph Willrich), the comedy sequel Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994, with Matt Roe, Raye Birk, Earl Boen, Rosalind Allen, Marc Alaimo, Rick Scarry, Marcy Goldman, Bill Erwin, Joyce Robinson, Lena Banks, Kevin Grevioux, and Symba Smith), the comedy The Nutty Professor (1996, with Nichole McAuley, Michael Rothhaar, Julianne Christie, Athena Massey, and Arthur Tovey), the crime comedy Life (1999, with Clarence Williams III, Leonard O. Turner, Kimble Jemison, and Jordan Lund), and the music comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007, with Terrence Beasor, Jack Kehler, and Mark Casimir Dyniewicz).