Meshach Taylor

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Meshach Taylor
Born April 11, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died June 28, 2014 in Altadena, California, USA from cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes

Meshach Taylor was an American actor.



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Buffalo Bill Tony Fittipaldi 1983–1984 1 2
Designing Women Anthony Bouvier 1986–1993 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Dave's World Shel Baylor 1993–1997 1 2 3 4

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Barnaby Jones parking lot attendant 7x07 - A Frame for Murder November 16, 1978
The Incredible Hulk M.P. 3x02 - Blind Rage September 28, 1979
Lou Grant Marcus Prescott 3x04 - Charlatan October 15, 1979
Barney Miller Melvin Jackson 8x22 - Landmark (3) May 20, 1982
Hill Street Blues Officer Sloan 3x06 - Stan the Man November 4, 1982
Cagney & Lacey 2x06 - Internal Affairs November 29, 1982
The Golden Girls Police Officer 1x01 - The Engagement September 14, 1985
ALF Addison 1x04 - Pennsylvania 6-5000 October 13, 1986
Hill Street Blues Con Artist 7x03 - The Best Defense October 16, 1986
In the Heat of the Night Tyler Corbin 6x03 - Brother's Keeper November 11, 1992
Caroline in the City Caroline's Agent 1x20 - Caroline and the Cereal April 18, 1996
The Drew Carey Show Oswald's Double 6x21 - What's Wrong with This Episode IV March 28, 2001
All of Us Roger 2x11 - Liar, Liar January 4, 2005
The Unit Howard Whitwell 2x06 - Old Home Week October 31, 2006
Criminal Minds Harrison Scott 8x07 - The Fallen November 14, 2012
Criminal Minds Harrison Scott 9x13 - The Road Home January 22, 2014

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The New Hollywood Squares May 29-June 2, 1989

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1989)
Designing Women


  • His father, Joseph T. Taylor was the former dean of students at Dillard University in New Orleans and was also the first dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Had two siblings
  • Graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1964
  • Studied in the dramatic arts programs at Wilmington College (Ohio)
  • Attended Florida A&M University, but left the school a few credits shy of graduation; he eventually received his Bachelor's Degree in theatre arts in 1993
  • Worked as a State House reporter for AM radio station WIFE in Indianapolis under the on-air name "Bruce Thomas"
  • Was the host of a community-affairs program on television station WLWI under the name "Bruce Taylor"
  • Was married to Sandra Taylor from 1969 to 1980; they have one child
  • Was married to actress Bianca Ferguson from 1984 until his death; they have three children
  • He is survived by his wife, children, mother, siblings and four grandchildren
  • Hs mother, Hertha celebrated her 100th birthday eleven days before Meshach's death