When Bobby Womack crosses 110th Street up in heaven, next to him will be a glittery, jewel in the neon crystal chandelier known as the 80s. Yesterday morning I formed a prayer circle with a pair of triangle sunglasses and a puffy lavender trench coat when I read that a tangy heart string of the 80s Meshach Taylor was on his death bed and was about to make his way to the great big window display in the sky. Meshach’s family announced that he’s been suffering from a terminal illness and was making his “grand transition.” Meshach’s family announced this morning that he has transitioned into an angel. Hollywood Montrose from Mannequin and Anthony Bouvier from Designing Women died at his home in Altadena, California last night from cancer. Meshach Taylor was only 67. Meshach’s family left this message for his fans on his Facebook page:
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 Tariq Taylor Yasmine Taylor Tamar Lashae Taylor Esme Taylor
Meshach Taylor started his acting career in theater and after doing a few TV shows, he became the mint sprig in everyone’s sweet tea when he played Anthony Bouvier, the innocent convict turned delivery dude turned the Sugarbaker’s partner on Designing Women from 1986 to 1993. Meshach was nominated for an Emmy for playing one of the only voices of reason on that show. (Side note: Somebody should put Suzanne Sugarbaker on suicide watch) During Designing Women’s run, Meshach contributed to the world of cinema when he played the blueprint for Andre Leon Talley’s life, Hollywood Montrose, in one of 1987’s greatest achievements Mannequin! Hollywood Montrose spit out my life motto: “Two things I love to do is fight and kiss boys!” Meshach was also in Mannequin Two: On The Move.
After Designing Women ended, Meshach played Dr. Sheldon in Dave’s World. He made his Broadway debut as the singing candlestick Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast in 1998. He also hosted his own shows on HGTV (For why haven’t I ever seen that?!) and the Travel Channel.
Meshach is survived by his wife Bianca Ferguson and their four children.
Rest in peace, Hollywood Montrose and Anthony Bouvier, you are now in heaven where Julia Sugarbaker is taking orders from you and Estelle Getty is gagging over your window displays. Thank you for this: