“Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor Died

Meshach TaylorDesigning Women” star Meshach Taylor passed away 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 including his 100-year-old mother.  He is survived by wife Bianca Ferguson his four children, daughters, Tamar Taylor, Esme Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, and son Tariq Taylor, and four grandchildren.

He was sixty-seven-years-old.

Meshach, is best known for his Emmy-nominated role  as the flamboyant Anthony Bouvier on  the popular late 80’s show, known as “Designing Women.”  On the CBS sitcom,  Taylor played a former prison inmate who was falsely convicted of a robbery.  He was the only man on the staff, and later in the series becomes a partner.

He was surrounded by four dazzling Southern-styled ladies Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter. 

Designing Women Cast

Taylor made a name for himself as the beleaguered male foil consistently at the mercy of the ladies’ antics during its seven-season run.

Designing Women on CBS:

  •  First episode: September 29, 1986
  • Final episode: May 17, 1993

 

Meshach Taylor Designing WomenMeshach Taylor Trivia:

  • Received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida (1993).
  • He was awarded the 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in “Sizwe Banzi is Dead”, at the Goodman Stage II Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “Native Son”, at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Altadena, California: Semi-retired [December 2012]

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