Growing up on the TV Show "Designing Women" and being a Southerner from Atlanta, with the legacy name of Julia, there were many times people said I was just like Julia Sugarbaker. The most loved and adored actor on this show was Meshach Taylor, or better known as Anthony Bouvier.
His brilliance and dedication to the individual he portrayed in that TV show was nothing short of "Southern Gentleman". Our designing world lost a legend, Meshach Taylor (Anthony) at 67 years YOUNG and best known for his Emmy-Nomination as the leading man in 'Designing Women' after a long battle with cancer. If Meshach was anything like his character, he did just that, FOUGHT Cancer.
The Huffington Post article included fabulous details about Meshach Taylors life | By Jessica Goodman
Posted: 06/29/2014 10:23 am EDT Updated: 06/30/2014 11:59 am EDT
... Taylor died in his family's home in Altadena, Calif. and his family posted a note on his Facebook page, saying, "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's Bouvier was one of the most lovable characters on "Designing Women," the '80s sitcom about Atlanta interior designers, and he was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy in 1989. He followed that role with a part on another CBS comedy, "Dave's World," about the life of a Miami Herald columnist, Dave Barry. Taylor played Barry's high school best friend and a local plastic surgeon.
He is also well-known for playing Hollywood Montrose, a window dresser, in 1987's "Mannequin" and its 1991 sequel. Taylor's most recent role was in two episodes of CBS' "Criminal Minds" this year. His small-screen credits include "Buffalo Bill," "Barney Miller," "Hill Street Blues," "The Golden Girls," "Cagney and Lacey" and "ALF," and he appeared in films such as "Damien: Omen II," "The Howling" and "Tranced."
He is survived by his wife, actress Bianca Ferguson, and his four children.
Rest In Peace Mr. Taylor. Our World is a better place because of your life. You are leaving a legacy for future "Designing Women". Prayers for his family. Thank you for sharing him with us all.