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Actor Meshach Taylor dies at age 67

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Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor died Saturday in his Los Angeles-area home following a battle with a terminal illness, EW has confirmed. He was 67.

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant-turned-partner at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on the CBS series Designing Women. He spent seven seasons on the sitcom and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in 1989.

He followed up Designing Women with a role on another CBS sitcom: Dave’s World, based on the writing of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. Other TV roles included M*A*S*H, Buffalo Bill, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, and most recently, Criminal Minds.

Taylor made his first big splash on the big screen in the 1987 hit Mannequin, in which he played flamboyant window-display designer Hollywood Montrose.

The Boston-born actor began his career on the stage, appearing in a national tour of Hair. He made his Broadway debut in 1998 as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

Taylor is survived by his wife, actress Bianca Ferguson, and four children.