“Designing Women” Star Meshach Taylor Dies After Battle with Cancer

It’s a sad day for Southern Belles with a soft spot for ex-cons: Meshach Taylor, best remembered for his Emmy-nominated role as assistant Anthony Bouvier on TV’s Designing Women (1986-1993), has died.

Taylor, 67, had been in hospice care after a lengthy battle with cancer. On Friday, the actor’s condition began to take a turn for the worse. His family turned to social media to spread the word and ask for well wishes.

“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. 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. Love, the Taylor family.”

Meshach passed away at his home in Altadena, California Saturday, surrounded by his wife, four children and mother.

A Boston native, Taylor began his career as a member of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Once his work on Designing Women wrapped up, he co-starred on Dave’s World for four seasons. Meshach was also a panelist on a short-lived, syndicated revival of the game show To Tell the Truth in the early aughts.

Meshach Taylor’s greatest role, arguably, came alongside a young Kim Cattrell; playing flamboyant window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the 1987 cult classic Mannequin.