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Meshach Taylor (1947–2014)

Surrounded by four dazzling Southern-styled ladies on the hit sitcom Designing Women (1986), genial African-American actor Meshach Taylor made a name for himself as the beleaguered male foil consistently at the mercy of the title gals' antics during its popular 7-season run. The Boston-born actor who entered life on April 11, 1947, was raised in ... See full bio »

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 2012-2014 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Harrison Scott
- The Fallen (2012) ... Harrison Scott
 2013/I Silencio (Short)
Mr. Black
 2012 He Knows My Heart (Short)
Bishop Alexander Jameson Sr.
 2012 Jessie (TV Series)
Grimm Haloran
- The Whining (2012) ... Grimm Haloran
 2011/II Photo Finish (Short)
Ethan Fletcher
 2011 Hyenas
Crazy Briggs
 2010 Wigger
Charles Pruitt
 2010 Tranced
 2008 Club Fiji (Video)
Ratu Billy
 2008 Hannah Montana (TV Series)
- Yet Another Side of Me (2008) ... Dahliano
 2006 The Unit (TV Series)
Howard Whitwell
- Old Home Week (2006) ... Howard Whitwell
 2005 All of Us (TV Series)
Roger - Neesee's Father
- Liar, Liar (2005) ... Roger - Neesee's Father
 2001 Friends and Family
 2001 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Oswald's Double
- What's Wrong with This Episode IV (2001) ... Oswald's Double
 2000 Static Shock (TV Series)
Doctor Harris
- Aftershock (2000) ... Doctor Harris (voice)
 2000 Jacks or Better
 2000 Cousin Skeeter (TV Series)
- Car Wash (2000)
 1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Video)
Cecil (voice, as Moshach Taylor)
 1998 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
Bus Driver / Cyclops
 1997 The Right Connections (TV Movie)
Lionel Clark
 1996 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Caroline's Agent James
- Caroline and the Cereal (1996) ... Caroline's Agent James
 1995 Nothing Lasts Forever (TV Movie)
 1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Barber Monster
- Rosh O' Monster/The Tree of Ickis (1995) ... Barber Monster (voice)
 1995 Virtual Seduction (TV Movie)
 1995 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
- Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale (1995) ... Rat (voice)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Ozzie Banks
- Who Killed the Anchorman? (1994) ... Ozzie Banks
 1993 Double, Double Toil and Trouble (TV Movie)
Mr. N
 1992 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Tyler Corbin
- Brother's Keeper (1992) ... Tyler Corbin
 1992 Class Act
Duncan's Dad
 1990 How to Murder a Millionaire (TV Movie)
 1990 Ultra Warrior
 1988 Kid Safe: The Video (Video short)
 1987 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Delivery Man
- Unhooking Henry (1987) ... Delivery Man
 1987 House of Games
Mr. Dean
 1987 The Allnighter
Hotel Detective Philip
 1987 The Last Innocent Man (TV Movie)
 1985-1987 What's Happening Now! (TV Series)
- Opening Day (1987) ... Buddy
- The Bully (1985) ... Buddy
 1986 Inside Out
 1982-1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Con Man / Sloan
- The Best Defense (1986) ... Con Man
- Stan the Man (1982) ... Sloan
 1986 ALF (TV Series)
- Pennsylvania 6-5000 (1986) ... Addison
 1986 One More Saturday Night
Bill Neal
 1986 Melba (TV Series)
- Manhunt (1986)
 1985 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
The Cop
- The Engagement (1985) ... The Cop
 1985 Warning Sign
Video Technician #2
 1985 Explorers
Gordon Miller
 1983-1984 Buffalo Bill (TV Series)
- Church of the Poisoned Mind (1984) ... Tony
- The Tap Dancer (1984) ... Tony
- A Hero (1984) ... Tony
 1982 The Haircut (Short)
Sam (Shoe Shine Man)
 1982 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Stereo Salesman
- Internal Affairs (1982) ... Stereo Salesman
 1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Melvin Jackson
- Landmark: Part 3 (1982) ... Melvin Jackson
 1982 The Beast Within
Deputy Herbert
 1981 Fly Away Home (TV Movie) (as Meshack Taylor)
 1981 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
- The Life You Save (1981) ... Orderly
 1981 The Howling
Shantz (as Mesach Taylor)
 1979-1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Kinsasha / Marcus Prescott / Calvin
- Boomerang (1981) ... Kinsasha
- Charlatan (1979) ... Marcus Prescott
- Home (1979) ... Calvin
 1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
- Out at Home (1980) ... Chipper
 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
- Blind Rage (1979) ... M.P.
 1978 Stony Island
Aldeman's Yes-Man
 1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Parking Lot Attendant
- A Frame for Murder (1978) ... Parking Lot Attendant
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Other Works:

He acted in the play, "Sizwe Banzi is Dead," at the Goodman Stage II Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, with Lionel Smith, directed by Gregory Mosher. See more »

Alternate Names:

Mesach Taylor | Meshack Taylor | Moshach Taylor

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He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Native Son", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

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