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Meshach Taylor (April 11, 1947 – June 28, 2014) was an American voice actor on The Angry Beavers.

Early life

Taylor was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Hertha Mae (née Ward) and Joseph T. Taylor, former dean of students at Dillard University in New Orleans, who was also the first dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

After the family moved from New Orleans to Indianapolis, Taylor graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1964, where he took an interest in acting, and went on to study in the dramatic arts programs at Wilmington College (Ohio) and Florida A&M University. Leaving Florida A&M a few credits shy of graduation, he worked in Indianapolis as a State House reporter for AM radio station WIFE (now WTLC), where he used the on-air name Bruce Thomas, and as the host of a community-affairs program on television station WLWI (now WTHR), as Bruce Taylor.[1][2][3] Many years later, in May 1993, he received his bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Florida A&M.[4]

Personal life

Taylor married actress Bianca Ferguson in 1983. They had four children, daughters Tamar Taylor, Esme Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, and son Tariq Taylor, and four grandchildren.

Death

Suffering from colorectal cancer,[5] Taylor died on June 28, 2014, at his home in Altadena, California.[6][7] Taylor is survived by his wife Bianca Ferguson Taylor, their four children, his mother Hertha Ward Taylor[8] (who celebrated her 100th birthday 11 days before Meshach died), his sister Judith Taylor, his brother Hussain Taylor and four grandchildren.[5] A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) on July 6, 2014.[9]

Characters portrayed

  • Bus Driver
  • Cyclops

References

  1. Lindquist, David (June 30, 2014). "TV star and Attucks grad Meshach Taylor dies at 67". The Indianapolis Star.
  2. "Meshach Taylor biography at". Designing Women Online.
  3. Moore, Frazier (June 29, 2014). "'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67". Associated Press.
  4. Scott, Carolyn Patricia (May 23, 1993). "Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Ends The Series As He Began -- With Dignity". Los Angeles Times.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Colker, David (2014-06-29). "Meshach Taylor dies at 67; actor known for 'Designing Women' role". Los Angeles Times.
  6. Parker, Ryan (2014-06-29). "Meshach Taylor, screen and TV star, dies at 67". Los Angeles Times.
  7. Barnes, Mike (2014-06-28). "'Designing Women' Star Meshach Taylor Dies at 67". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. Ryckaert, Vic (2014-06-15). "Hertha Ward Taylor - Longtime IPS teacher celebrates 100th birthday". The Indianapolis Star.
  9. "Meshach Taylor Memorial, July 6, 2014, Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)".

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