Meshach Taylor

  • Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Died: June 28, 2014
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Parents were both teachers; his father, Joseph Taylor, was named the first dean of School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University in 1972.
  • Left Florida A&M University before he completed his degree and returned 20 years later to finish it.
  • Worked as a radio reporter in Indianapolis after leaving college.
  • First acting job was in a national tour of Hair.
  • Worked with the Organic Theatre Company and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.


  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Hussein Taylor — Brother
  • Bianca Ferguson — Wife
  • Yasmine — Daughter
  • Tamar — Daughter
  • Esme — Daughter
  • Judy — Sister
  • Tariq Taylor — Son
  • Hertha Taylor — Mother
  • Joseph Taylor — Father


  • Attended Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio, United States; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States (BS in Theatre, 1993)

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