Actor Meshach Taylor died over the weekend. He was 67 years old. Taylor, who is best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women, had been suffering from cancer.
Mr. Taylor was born on April 11, 1947, in Boston. His parents were both college professors. He performed in a national touring company of “Hair” and in Chicago with the Goodman Theater and the Organic Theater Company.
In the late 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles, where, he later said, he once lived in his car while he went to auditions. His first film was the 1978 horror movie “Damien: Omen II.” In 1985, he played Jim, the runaway slave, in a stage version of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” at the Goodman Theater.
Mr. Taylor memorably played Hollywood, a flamboyantly fashionable department store worker, in “Mannequin,” the story of a man (Andrew McCarthy) who falls in love with a mannequin that comes to life (Kim Cattrall). He played the same character in the 1991 sequel, “Mannequin: On the Move.”
Over the years he appeared as a guest star on several television shows, including two recent episodes of “Criminal Minds.”
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Bianca Ferguson; four children; and four grandchildren.
Over the years, Taylor appeared on several television shows, including two recent episodes of Criminal Minds.
Our condolences to Meshach Taylor’s friends and family.
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