( b. Apr 11, 1947 Boston, Massachusetts, USA - d. Jun 28, 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Meshach Taylor was an actor best known as the friendly colleague of four Southern women on the popular sitcom "Designing Women."
Mr. Taylor played Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who starts as a deliveryman and eventually becomes a partner at an interior design firm in Atlanta, on "Designing Women," which ran on CBS from 1986 to 1993. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for his role on the show.
In a career that spanned more than three decades, Mr. Taylor appeared in films, on television and onstage. He was prominently featured in the 1987 film "Mannequin" and on the television shows "Dave's World" and "Buffalo Bill." On Broadway, he played Lumiere, the talking candlestick, in Beauty and the Beast in 1998.
"Designing Women" centered on the feisty Sugarbaker sisters, played by Dixie Carter and Delta Burke, who run the company, and their co-workers, played by Annie Potts and Jean Smart. Mr. Taylor said that his role had initially been a one-time guest spot in the first season, but the producers liked the energy between him and the sisters.
Mr. Taylor's parents were both college professors. He performed in a national touring company of Hair and in Chicago with the Goodman Theater and the Organic Theater Company.
In the late 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles, where, he later said, he once lived in his car while he went to auditions. His first film was the 1978 horror movie "Damien: Omen II." In 1985, he played Jim, the runaway slave, in a stage version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, at the Goodman Theater.
Mr. Taylor memorably played Hollywood, a flamboyantly fashionable department store worker, in "Mannequin," the story of a man (Andrew McCarthy) who falls in love with a mannequin that comes to life (Kim Cattrall). He played the same character in the 1991 sequel, "Mannequin: On the Move."
Over the years he appeared as a guest star on several television shows, including two recent episodes of "Criminal Minds."
Source: The New York TImes obituary