Exclusive Details"Designing Women" star Meshach Taylor died Saturday night ... after a long battle with cancer.
Taylor's family says he passed away at his home in California while surrounded by loved ones.
Meshach is best known for the role of Anthony Bouvier on the popular late 80's show ... and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989.
Taylor also famously portrayed Hollywood Montrose in the '87 cult classic flick "Mannequin" -- and had a TON of roles on hit T.V. shows ... like "Hannah Montana", "The Drew Carey Show" and "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."