Meshach Taylor Biography (1960-)

Born April 11, 1960, in Boston, MA; son of a sociology professor and a college professor; married second wife, Bianca Ferguson (an actress); children: (first marriage) Tamar; (second marriage) Yasmine, Esme Alana, Tarique. Addresses: Agent: Talent Group, Inc., 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Birth Details
April 11, 1960
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Dr. Kane, Damien: Omen II (also known as Omen II and Omen II: Damien), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Shantz, The Howling, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Deputy Herbert, The Beast Within, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Sam, The Haircut (short film), 1982
  • Gordon Miller, Explorers, Paramount, 1985
  • Second video technician, Warning Sign, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Bill Neal, One More Saturday Night (also known as Datenight), Columbia, 1986
  • Inside Out, 1986
  • Hotel detective Philip, The Allnighter, Universal, 1987
  • Mr. Dean, House of Games, Orion, 1987
  • Hollywood Montrose, Mannequin, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • From the Hip, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987
  • Elijah, Welcome to Oblivion (also known as Ultra Warrior),Concorde, 1990
  • Doorman and Hollywood Montrose, Mannequin Two: On the Move, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Duncan's dad, Class Act, Warner Bros., 1992
  • (As Moshach Taylor) Voice of Cecil, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to theRescue, MGM-UA Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Ron, Jacks or Better, Trips to Win, 2000
  • Bruno, Friends and Family, Belladonna Productions, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Tony, Buffalo Bill, NBC, 1983-1984
  • Anthony Bouvier, Designing Women, CBS, 1986-1993
  • Sheldon Baylor, Dave's World, CBS, 1993-1997
  • Mr. Winsproggle, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Showtime, 1994
  • Host, The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor, Home and Garden Television, 1996
  • Regular panelist, To Tell the Truth, syndicated, 2000
  • Host of Black Life, WMAQ (Chicago, IL).
  • Miniseries
  • Gus Venable, Sidney Sheldon's "Nothing Lasts Forever" (also knownas Nothing Lasts Forever), CBS, 1995
  • Movies
  • Crosby, The Last Innocent Man, HBO, 1987
  • Danny, How to Murder a Millionaire (also known as Bad Times inBeverly Hills, The Beverly Hills Get Rich Quick Caper, The Couch Potato Murders, and Your Money or Your Wife), CBS, 1990
  • Mr. Nofziger ("N"), Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (also known as The Twins Halloween Caper), ABC, 1993
  • Anderson, "Virtual Seduction" (also known as "Addicted to Love"), Roger Corman Presents, Showtime, 1995
  • Lionel Clark, The Right Connections, Showtime, 1997
  • Specials
  • Virgil, "The Rec Room," NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special, NBC,1987
  • The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, 1989
  • Toronto host, The CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS, 1990
  • Motown 30: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990
  • Anthony Bouvier, The Designing Women Special: Their Finest Hour, CBS, 1990
  • The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, 1991
  • Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand, Lifetime, 1992
  • The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, 1992
  • Side show barker, The All New Circus of the Stars and Side Show XVII (also known as The 17th Annual Circus of the Stars and Side Show),CBS, 1992
  • Voice of the rat, "Jirimpimbira: An African Folktale" (animated), ABCWeekend Specials, ABC, 1995
  • Harry Anderson: The Tricks of His Trade, CBS, 1996
  • Appeared in the special Huckleberry Finn, PBS.
  • Episodic
  • M. P., "Blind Rage," The Incredible Hulk, 1979
  • Marcus Prescott, "Charlatan," Lou Grant, CBS, 1979
  • Chipper, "Out at Home," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980
  • Melvin Jackson, "Landmark: Part 2," Barney Miller, ABC, 1982
  • Orderly, "The Life You Save," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1981
  • Rick, Melba, CBS, 1986
  • Delivery man, "Unhooking Henry," Punky Brewster, 1987
  • Tyler, "Brother's Keeper," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1992
  • Storytime, PBS, 1994
  • "Who Killed the Anchorman?," Burke's Law, 1994
  • Anthony Bouvier, "Dear Diary," Women of the House, CBS, 1995
  • James, "Caroline and the Cereal," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1996
  • Oswald's double, "What's Wrong with This Episode IV," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001
  • Also appeared in ALF, NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Blue collar man, I'd Rather Be Calm, CBS, 1982
  • Cop, The Golden Girls, NBC, 1985
  • Stage Appearances
  • Streamers, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1976
  • Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Goodman Theatre, 1976
  • Native Son, Goodman Theatre, 1978
  • The Island, Goodman Theatre, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
  • Lumiere, Beauty and the Beast (musical), Palace Theatre, New YorkCity, 1998
  • Also appeared in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles; and in Bloody Bess, Cops, Night Feast, The Sirens of Titan, and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured U.S. cities in Hair.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 4, Gale, 1993

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