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Meshach Taylor and the curious cast of 'Mannequin'
Meshach Taylor and the curious cast of 'Mannequin'

The late actor Meshach Taylor, who died Saturday at the age of 67, was best known for his work on television, particularly his role in the hit 1980s sitcom "Designing Women." Taylor didn't have an extensive movie career, but his passing reminds us that he did star in one of the more unusual big-screen ensembles of that wacky decade, "Mannequin," a movie that was oddly notable for the careers it helped launch (or provided a detour for). Directed and co-written by Michael Gottlieb and released in 1987, "Mannequin" starred Andrew McCarthy as a frustrated artist turned window dresser who falls in love with a department store dummy that comes to life, played...