Various media outlets are reporting that actor Meshach Taylor has died, this according to a confirmed statement released by his agent Dede Binder. He was 67. Taylor passed away on Saturday at his family home in Altadena, where he was receiving hospice care. He was surrounded by family members including his 100-year-old mother.
The Taylor family posted the following statement on Facebook: “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend, has begun his grand transition.”
Taylor is known for his role as the effervescent and flamboyant window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the 1987 film “Mannequin” starring alongside Andrew McCarthy and “Sex and the City’s” Kim Cattrall. He later reprised the role in the sequel “Mannequin Two: On the Move.”
However, he is probably best known for his lovable character Anthony Bouvier on the hit sitcom “Designing Women.” Taylor’s character worked as an assistant at the Sugarbaker interior design firm who constantly found himself in sticky situations when he went above and beyond the call of duty. His portrayal earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy in 1989.
After “Designing Women” ended, Taylor landed a role on another sitcom “Dave’s World,” where he played plastic surgeon Sheldon Baylor, a neighbor and best friend to Dave (Harry Anderson). Other television credits include: “The Unit” (CBS), “In the Heat of the Night” (NBC), “Women of the House” (CBS), “The Golden Girls” (NBC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS).
Born in Boston and raised in New Orleans, Taylor married “General Hospital” actress Bianca Ferguson in 1983. Together, they had four children: Tariq, Yasmine, Tamar and Esme. Meshach Taylor is also survived by four grandchildren.