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      Meshach Taylor

      Meshach Taylor

      Highest Rated: 97% House of Games (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Mannequin: On the Move (1991)

      Birthday: Apr 11, 1947

      Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Meshach Taylor was a tall, boisterously amiable African-American character actor with a beaming smile, prominent chin and a great sense of comic timing. After supporting Dabney Coleman on the critically acclaimed sitcom "Buffalo Bill" (NBC 1983-84), Taylor became noted for his flashy yet precise way with a retort as Anthony Bouvier, ex-convict turned handyman turned business partner on the popular sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS 1986-93). Taylor also acted in supporting roles in such films as "The Howling" (1980), "Explorers" (1985), "House of Games" (1987), and "Welcome to Oblivion" (1990), but his best-known film work came as flashy window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the romantic comedy fantasy "Mannequin" (1987) and its sequel, "Mannequin Two: On the Move" (1991). Following the end of "Designing Women," Taylor supported Harry Anderson in the amiable family comedy "Dave's World" (CBS 1993-97), based on the newspaper columns of comedy writer Dave Barry. Later in his career, he hosted or co-hosted several shows on cable networks like HGTV and The Travel Channel, including "The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor" (HGTV 1996). Taylor continued to appear in guest roles on television, including a recurring role on the police procedural "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005- ), and in low budget films well into the 21st century, a long battle with cancer slowed his productivity greatly. Meshach Taylor died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, California on June 28, 2014 at the age of 67.

      Highest rated movies

      House of Games poster
      House of Games
      Explorers poster
      Explorers
      Damien: Omen II poster
      Damien: Omen II
      Mannequin poster
      Mannequin
      Warning Sign poster
      Warning Sign
      Class Act poster
      Class Act
      The Beast Within poster
      The Beast Within
      Mannequin: On the Move poster
      Mannequin: On the Move

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 18% Hyenas Crazy Briggs (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wigger Charles Pruitt (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jacks or Better Ron (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 20% The Right Connections Lionel Clark (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Unknown (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Virtual Seduction Anderson (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 55% Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Mr. N (Character) - 1993
      17% 73% Class Act Duncan's Dad (Character) $11.1M 1992
      No Score Yet 53% Ultra Warrior Elijah (Character) - 1992
      13% 40% Mannequin: On the Move Hollywood Montrose/Doorman (Character) $3.2M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Murder a Millionaire Danny (Character) - 1990
      20% 55% Mannequin Hollywood (Character) $34.9M 1987
      97% 79% House of Games Mr. Dean (Character) $416.5K 1987
      72% 66% Explorers Gordon Miller (Character) - 1985
      20% 43% Warning Sign Video Technician 2 (Character) - 1985
      17% 33% The Beast Within Deputy Herbert (Character) - 1982
      46% 49% Damien: Omen II Dr. Kane (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 82% Hannah Montana Dahliano (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All of Us Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Shel Baylor (Character) 1993-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burke's Law Ozzie Banks (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Anthony Bouvier (Character) 1986-1993
      No Score Yet 0% Punky Brewster Delivery Man (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 82% ALF Addison (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 89% The Golden Girls Police Officer (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Tony (Character) 1983-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1978