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Sad news for “Designing Women” fans: Meshach Taylor, who played Anthony Bouvier, is terminally ill

Meschach Taylor, the only full-time male cast member of the classic sitcom Designing Women (1986-93), is terminally ill, RumorFix is reporting exclusively.

Taylor played Anthony Bouvier, the delivery man the later partner in the Sugarbaker design firm run by Julia Suharbaker (Dixie Carter), Mary Jo Schivley (Annie Potts), Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) and Charlene Stillfield (Jean Smart).

(Jan Hooks, Julia Duffy and Judith Ivey joined the cast in the final one or two seasons of the show’s seven-year run).

Taylor is 67 and his family – including his 100-year-old mother – have released this statement:

“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.”
Taylor most recently appeared on CBS’s Criminal Minds in a recurring role. He celebrated his birthday in April
with his Criminal Minds co-star Joe Mantegna and his Designing Women co-star Jean Smart.
Below are some scenes of Taylor in action, as Anthony, on Designing Women:
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6 Remarks

  1. June 28th, 2014 at 4:12 am
    RichB in PS says:

    In the 80s I watched and now in reruns you have opportunity to watch daily several episodes – Anthony Bouvier and Julia were my favorites. Ahhh there was much speculation that Anthony was gay… MT was always the good guy. Unfortunately have not seen much of Meschach Taylor out of ‘Designing Women’.

  2. Sad news. His interactions with Delta Burke were marvelous.

  3. June 28th, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    Patty Justice says:

    Loved Anthony so much … Prayers for meschach Taylor ad his family

  4. May GOD bless him.

  5. June 29th, 2014 at 4:26 am
    RichB in PS says:

    CNN is reporting Meschach Taylor has passed.

  6. Just read he passed away. Sad.

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