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Friday, June 27, 2014

[UPDATED] Emmy Nominated Actor Meshach Taylor From 'Designing Women' Dies at 67


Updated: TMZ has confirmed Designing Women star Meschach Taylor died Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor's family says he passed away at his home in California while surrounded by loved ones. 

According to his family via social media, Emmy-Award nominated actor, Meshach Taylor, is terminally ill and appears to be transitioning to heaven.  He has been battling cancer for two years. Initial reports stated that the actor had died on Friday at the age of 67.  Meshach's son, Tariq Taylor, is quoted as saying:

For all the people that have given premature condolences: don’t feel bad. I am happy to feel the love. My Dad has not passed just yet, but he has begun to actively transition. Thanks again everyone for your kind words during this tough time.

Facebook Post from Meshach Taylor's Family
Taylor is best known for his role on "Designing Women."  He recently made a guest appearance on episode 13 of CRIMINAL MINDS, “The Road Home” in Januray 2014.  He also appeared onstage at Ensemble Studio Theater-LA in Keliher Walsh’s Year of the Rabbit, playing Vietnam vet JC Bridges, who upon returning from his first tour in Vietnam in 1967, experienced hatred and racism in the turbulent States. 

Taylor’s first professional gig was in a National tour of Hair.  He honed his craft in repertory theater as a member of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the Organic Theater Company alongside Mantegna, AndrĂ© De Shields, Dennis Franz, Keith Szarabajka, Jack Wallace, and director Stuart Gordon. While in Chicago, he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, and an Emmy Award for his role as Jim in the WTTV production of “Huckleberry Finn.” In 1998, Taylor made his Broadway debut as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, alongside Toni Braxton.

In 1979, Taylor moved to Los Angeles, where he has crafted a gallery of memorable characters in film and on television, including his Emmy nominated turn in the long-running CBS hit sitcom “Designing Women” as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant at the fictitious Sugarbaker interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia, starring Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart.  Watch Meshach Taylor discuss his role as Anthony on The Wendy Williams Show back in 2011.


Meschach was also a series regular on “Dave’s World” (CBS), and has had recurring guest starring appearances on Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” and “Buffalo Bill” (NBC) with Dabney Coleman. He has appeared on “The Unit” (CBS), “Jessie” (Disney Channel),”“Hannah Montana” (Disney Channel), “The Drew Carey Show” (ABC), “Static Shock” (Kids WB!), “Caroline in the City” (NBC), “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” (Nickelodeon), “Women of the House” (CBS), “In the Heat of the Night” (NBC), “Punky Brewster” (NBC), “What’s Happening Now!”, “Hill Street Blues” (NBC), “ALF” (NBC), “Melba” (CBS), “The Golden Girls” (NBC), “Cagney & Lacey” (CBS), “Barney Miller” (ABC), “M*A*S*H” (CBS), “Lou Grant” (CBS), “The White Shadow” (CBS), “The Incredible Hulk” (CBS), and “Barnaby Jones”(CBS). His made-for-TV movies include The Right Connections with MC Hammer, Sidney Sheldon’s Nothing Lasts Forever with Brooke Shields, Virtual SeductionHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child and Double, Double, Toil and Trouble with the Olsen Twins. Taylor also hosted his own series on HGTV, The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor and was a regular panelist on the 2000 revival of the television game show To Tell the Truth. He co-hosted Living Live! with Florence Henderson on Retirement Living TV; in 2008, the program was revamped as The Florence Henderson Show.
Taylor has appeared in the feature films WiggerMannequin andMannequin Two: On the Move,  Damien: Omen IIThe HowlingJacks or Better, Kid ‘N Play’s Class ActHow to Murder a Millionaire, David Mamet’s House of GamesThe AllnighterThe Last Innocent Man with Ed Harris, ExplorersFriends and FamilyThe Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the RescueOne More Saturday NightWarning Sign, and Inside Out with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. 

Sidebar: Prayers to Meshach and his family!  Such a great actor!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace...May God comfort the family ...

Sharon Smith said...

My heart and prayers go out to the family during this time of mourning.

Lisa Shaw said...

Very few comic TV actors make me laugh out loud; he always did, somtimes laughing till I cried (no one was funnier in drag than he was in one epsidoe). He lit up the screen on Designing Women, added more life to the show than was in its female cast. Farewell to a great one.

Felicia Goolsby said...

Mr. Taylor was truly one of the best. I was just watching Designing Women yesterday and had no idea that he had been ill. My heart goes out to the Taylor family during this time of mourning. Rest In Paradise, Meshach Taylor....

Jasun Mark said...

He'll always be Hollywood Montrose to me. The way he played that character was perfect. He showed the steel-skinned but still vulnerable sides of a character that was really just supposed to be the funny gay guy (in 1986, a funny gay best friend was a new thing). He nailed it and made him both hysterically funny and very multifaceted. And yes... Playing

Sheila G Solomon said...

Eventhough I loved Designing Women....YOU WERE THE REASON I WATCHED THEN ,,,,,AND WHY I WATCH IT NOW!!!!! YOU SIR WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

He was a wonderful addition to every sceen he was in!. He became a familiar face on Designing Women that we looked forward to seeing. Love and prayers to his family in this time of great loss.

britt banter said...

So sad, absolutely adored him!

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace.

teka said...

RIP. I was most impressed by his performance in The Hand that Rocks the cradle.

Anonymous said...

May God give your family comfort n joy in their time of sorrow n May God welcome you into heaven where you will only experience eternal beauty joy n love

Anonymous said...

May you R.I.P. Meshach Taylor. Better known as my favorite characters Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women and Hollywood in Mannequin 1 and 2.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall that. What part did he play?

Tim Galatas said...

Always made me laugh. My favorite episode was when he and Delta Burke drove to the design show and got stuck in the blizzard.
May you rest in peace. Prayers family.
Make heaven smile.

Anonymous said...

So young, RIP..Smile On....

Bobby Brogan said...

He touched my life very deeply...i saw Mannequin as a kid...several thousand times...I still love it...but i took the Persona of Hollywood...AND RAN WITH IT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

R.I.H...prayers for u and ur family

ssh said...

A brilliant actor...and pleased to see...he was a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am saddened by the loss...but grateful for his new beginning, and the point that his family recognizes that as well...Dear Family...sorry..so sorry for you loss...but hugs, prayers, comfort and joy..during this time of transition...God Bless!

Anonymous said...

May he be resting in peace, God Bless