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Emmy-Nominated Co-Star on 'Designing Women' Dies at 67 NY Times, LA Times

"Meshach Taylor, the actor best known as the friendly colleague of four Southern women on the popular sitcom 'Designing Women,' died on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home near Los Angeles," reports The New York Times.

The Times adds: "He was 67. His death was confirmed by his agent, Dede Binder, who said he had had cancer for some time.

"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."

The obituary in the Los Angeles Times says, "Taylor had roles in several TV shows before appearing in what was supposed to be a single episode of 'Designing Women' during its first season in 1986. But his comic scenes with cast members Delta Burke and Dixie Carter went so well, Taylor said in 2011 on 'The Wendy Williams Show,' that the creators of the sitcom kept him on.

"They said there is something that's happening here that we want to try and expand on," Taylor said. He stayed with the show for all seven of its seasons as the only male regular cast member."

The L.A. Times adds: "Taylor had roles in numerous other movies and TV shows, including 'Dave's World,' 'In the Heat of the Night,' 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'ALF.' On Broadway in 1990, he performed for six months in 'Beauty and the Beast.'

"In addition to Bianca, his wife of 30 years [and who, as Bianca Ferguson, appeared for years on the TV soap opera 'General Hospital'], Taylor's survivors include his daughters Yasmine, Tamar and Esme; his son, Tariq; a sister, Judy; and a brother, Hussein."

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