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In this 1989 photo Meshach Taylor poses during an interview in Los Angeles.

‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies

LOS ANGELES – Meshach Taylor’s agent says the actor who appeared in the hit sitcoms “Designing Women” and “Dave’s World” has died. He was 67.

Agent Dede Binder said Taylor died of cancer on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on “Dave’s World.”

Other series included “Buffalo Bill” and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”

His movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance “Mannequin.” He also appeared in “Damien: The Omen Part II.”

Taylor was a guest on TV series including “Criminal Minds,” “Hannah Montana” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

Born in Boston, he began his career as a member of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

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