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Born: April 11, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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Meshach Taylor was a tall, boisterously amiable African-American character actor with a beaming smile, prominent chin and a great sense of comic timing. After supporting Dabney Coleman on the critically acclaimed sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (NBC 1983-84), Taylor became noted for his flashy yet precise way with a retort as Anthony Bouvier, ex-convict turned handyman turned business partner on the popular sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS 1986-93). Taylor also acted in supporting roles in such films as "The Howling" (1980), "Explorers" (1985), "House of Games" (1987), and "Welcome to Oblivion" (1990), but his best-known film work came as flashy window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the romantic comedy fantasy "Mannequin" (1987) and its sequel, "Mannequin Two: On the Move" (1991). Following the end of "Designing Women," Taylor supported Harry Anderson in the amiable family comedy "Dave's World" (CBS 1993-97), based on the newspaper columns of comedy writer Dave Barry. Later in his career, he hosted or co-hosted several shows on cable networks like HGTV and The Travel Channel, including "The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor" (HGTV 1996). Taylor continued to appear in guest roles on television, including a...

Meshach Taylor was a tall, boisterously amiable African-American character actor with a beaming smile, prominent chin and a great sense of comic timing. After supporting Dabney Coleman on the critically acclaimed sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (NBC 1983-84), Taylor became noted for his flashy yet precise way with a retort as Anthony Bouvier, ex-convict turned handyman turned business partner on the popular sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS 1986-93). Taylor also acted in supporting roles in such films as "The Howling" (1980), "Explorers" (1985), "House of Games" (1987), and "Welcome to Oblivion" (1990), but his best-known film work came as flashy window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the romantic comedy fantasy "Mannequin" (1987) and its sequel, "Mannequin Two: On the Move" (1991). Following the end of "Designing Women," Taylor supported Harry Anderson in the amiable family comedy "Dave's World" (CBS 1993-97), based on the newspaper columns of comedy writer Dave Barry. Later in his career, he hosted or co-hosted several shows on cable networks like HGTV and The Travel Channel, including "The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor" (HGTV 1996). Taylor continued to appear in guest roles on television, including a recurring role on the police procedural "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005- ), and in low budget films well into the 21st century, a long battle with cancer slowed his productivity greatly. Meshach Taylor died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, California on June 28, 2014 at the age of 67.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hyenas (2011)
2.
3.
 Jacks or Better (2000)
5.
 Right Connections, The (1997) Lionel Clark
6.
 Virtual Seduction (1995) Anderson
7.
 Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993) Mr "N" Nofziger
9.
 Class Act (1992) Duncan'S Dad
10.
 Mannequin 2: On the Move (1991) Doorman; Hollywood Montrose
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Grew up in New Orleans and Indianapolis
1978:
First notable feature film role in "Damien--Omen II"
1982:
Earliest TV appearances included a small role in the adult-oriented latenight CBS sitcom pilot, "I'd Rather Be Calm"
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Played Tony on NBC sitcom, "Buffalo Bill", starring Dabney Coleman
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Played Anthony Bouvier on popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "The Last Innocent Man", made for HBO
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Most notable feature film role: as Hollywood in "Mannequin" (1987) and "Mannequin 2: On the Move" (1991)
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Played Sheldon Baylor on the CBS sitcom, "Dave's World", starring Harry Anderson
1998:
Broadway debut as Lumiere in the stage musical "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
2000:
Was a regular panelist on the syndicated "To Tell the Truth"
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wife:
Bianca Taylor.

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daughter:
Yasmine Taylor. Born in June 1984.
daughter:
Esme Taylor. Born in January 1988.

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