Designing Women Vet Meshach Taylor Dead at 67

Meshach Taylor Dead

Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as eccentric assistant Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, died Saturday evening after battling a terminal illness, his agent confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.

The actor’s family took to Facebook earlier on Saturday to say, “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,” the family wrote. “Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. Those who need to call the family please do. Those who desire to post memories, we are open and graciously accepting all gestures of peace.”

Taylor’s extensive small-screen resume also included Dave’s World, Buffalo BillBarney Miller, Hill Street Blues, The Golden Girls, Cagney and Lacey and ALF. More recently, he appeared in guest roles on The Unit, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Criminal Minds.

On film, Taylor’s credits included the 1987 romantic comedy Mannequin and David Mamet’s House of Games. The actor was also a familiar face in the theater world, making his Broadway debut in 1998 as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

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39 Comments
  1. GeoDiva says:

    Loved him in Designing Women and Mannequin! RIP.

  2. Heather says:

    Got woken up by Google Alerts. Meshach Taylor, from Mannequin & Designing Women, died tonight. Another piece of my childhood gone. I was actually crying!!! Sobbing :*-(

  3. Annie says:

    This is sad. Prayers for the family. Y’know, I would have loved to have seen his Lumiere!

  4. I loved him in Designing Women, Prayers to his family,RIP.

  5. Aimee says:

    I can’t help thinking how the character of Suzanne would be crushed by this. So sad. RIP Meshach.

  6. Sheila Praa says:

    Jumped the gun too quickly. He’s dying at the time this letter is written. The family said “he has BEGUN his transition” not that he “transitioned”. Please do your research before you attempt to break a story.

    • coco says:

      Maybe you missed the part in the beginning where it stated he died Saturday night, while the letter was poster earlier Saturday.

      • Eran says:

        No disrespect to the deceased, heaven forbid, but how are either of you even having a debate about the right tense of ‘transition’?! This is a death for heaven’s sake, not a transition between a summer and winter’s wardrobe. passed; departed; transitioned; call a spade a spade; let people grieve.

  7. Lennon says:

    Ah man Meshach I watched you in Mannequin, & Designing Women may you R.I.P!!!!! My condolences to your family.

  8. Seablue2u says:

    Designing Women, with Anthony, was the very best television EVER—my all time favorite show. RIP sir—the memories you gave us will live on.

  9. Karen MT says:

    Goodbye, Hollywood. *sniff*

  10. lori says:

    Thanks for all the laughs. You and Delta Burke were so hysterical on Designing Women! RIP and peace to your family.

  11. pjnga says:

    Peace be with you….one of the very few comedians who always made me laugh!! Thanks for the laughter!

  12. Michel Barnes says:

    Meshach was one in a million. Definitely made you laugh. Truly loved his acting, however GOD has a bigger roll for him. R.I.P

  13. Jackie says:

    May God bless you @you’re family

  14. Eileen Pacheco says:

    An amazing talent.

  15. Lorelei Duncan says:

    I enjoyed him in Ghostbusters too. Prayers for your peace as you mourn.

  16. Wtactualf says:

    Love him. RIP Meshach

  17. Just yesterday I was re-watching Criminal Minds and one of the episodes I saw was “The Fallen” in which he guest starred (and was amazing). I honestly I didn’t knew of this until now. So very sad. RIP Meshach Taylor.

  18. Adam says:

    i can’t believe I lost another part of my childhood may he rest in peace.

  19. Lisa Bryant says:

    We will miss him much, but I am thankful he is in a better place, free of pain. Rest in Peace, Mr Taylor

  20. Amina says:

    Rest in Peace Meshach Taylor; you won’t be forgotten

  21. Eric says:

    As I’m just a young guy, I grew up watching him during his many appearances on Ned’s Declassified. I’m not overly familiar with him outside of that series, but he was great on that show alone. May he rest in peace.

  22. Pat says:

    I loved him on Designing Women. He was the only male who worked with the ladies and he was so funny to watch, playing this character. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May He Rest in Peace!

  23. Tiffany says:

    Love him

  24. Sheila says:

    Poor guy. So tired of hearing about people dying of cancer. Why can’t we cure these things???

  25. TV Gord says:

    He was good on Designing Women, but I enjoyed him most when he was on Dabney Coleman’s old sitcom, Buffalo Bill. His understated character (something you couldn’t call Anthony Bouvier) got off some hilariously subtle lines, especially when he was making observations about Bill or Karl Shub.

  26. Dora Bevens says:

    A blessed journey;
    may you find peace, joy, and laughter. You will be greatly missed as a person and actor.

  27. Fay says:

    He will be missed. Loved him in Designing Women. God has called home many of the good actors from my childhood.
    My condolences to the family.

  28. Nicky says:

    Great & Memorable Actor that brought me a lot of laughter in my childhood & adult years. A true star. He is at peace now. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

  29. maria says:

    Me to i thought the same thing. (:-( i did love his silly relationship with her ! He will be missed

  30. maria says:

    Awe i will miss him ! I even liked him in the omen ! But all his silly stuff was great !

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