Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner 2013.jpg
Warner in 2013
Born (1970-08-18) August 18, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television director, musician
Years active 1982–present

Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970)[1] is an American television actor, television director, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. He also starred in the sitcom Reed Between the Lines as Dr. Alex Reed.

Early life[edit]

Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and was raised by his divorced mother, Pamela Warner, who served as his manager.[2] He was named after Malcolm X and Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. At the age of 9, Malcolm demonstrated an interest in show business which led to enrollment in acting schools. His active career as a child later led him to graduate high school from The Professional Children's School in New York City.

Career[edit]

With appearances and roles on many television shows and films, he landed his most successful role as Theo Huxtable, the only son of Heathcliff Huxtable, who was played by Bill Cosby on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. Warner auditioned for the role on the very last day of the nationwide search and was chosen by Cosby himself.

He also starred in Jeremiah, was the voice of The Producer character on The Magic School Bus and co-starred with comedian Eddie Griffin for four years on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. Warner continued his career on the CBS sitcom Listen Up! with Jason Alexander and the host of the literacy-promoting children's show CBS Storybreak. He guest-starred on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air playing the role of Hilary's boyfriend, and has directed several music videos including British R&B group Five Star's "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons" (1994) as well as many sitcom episodes including The Cosby Show, All that, Kenan & Kel, and Malcolm & Eddie. Also In 1988 Warner was In New Edition's 1988 Music Video N.E Heartbreak.

In addition, Warner directed the acclaimed, teen-oriented public health video "Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You" (1992), which featured Arsenio Hall and Earvin "Magic" Johnson (among others) discussing the realities of HIV and AIDS and the best ways to prevent its spread.

In 2003, Warner released his debut EP, "The Miles Long Mixtape." In 2007, Warner followed up with his second CD entitled, "Love & Other Social Issues." In 2009 he guest starred in an episode in the new TNT series HawthoRNe. In 2011 he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Community as the ex-husband of Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown). His character subtly referenced his Cosby Show past by wearing a "Cosby sweater" that he stated was from his dad.[3]

He is also a performance poet, and has performed at the National Black Theatre Festival since 2003, in addition to hosting its Poetry Jam.[4][5]

Warner's most recent television role is on Black Entertainment Television's new scripted comedic television series Reed Between the Lines as Alex Reed. In this series, which first aired in 2011 Warner plays the role of an English professor married to Carla Reed, a psychologist played by former Girlfriends star Tracee Ellis Ross.[6] The couple have three children together: Kaci (played by Zoe Borde) and Kenan Renolds (played by Nadji Jeter), who are Carla's children from a previous relationship; and Alexis Reed (played by Zoe Hendrix), who is their child together.[7] The show highlights the couple's ups and downs together as a blended family. In 2012 Warner was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a comedy series at the NAACP Image awards for his role in Reed Between the Lines.[8]

Warner is also a bass player.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Warner had a relationship with actress Michelle Thomas (who portrayed his girlfriend Justine on "The Cosby Show"), and was at her bedside when she died in 1998.[10] He was in a relationship with actress Karen Malina White for seven and a half years, but never married.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Matt Houston Johnny Randolph Episode: "Stop the Presses"
1983 Fame Lucas Boyd Episode: "Ending on a High Note"
1984 Call to Glory Episode: "A Nation Divided"
1984–1992 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable Series regular
1985 CBS Storybreak Host
1986 ABC Afterschool Special Charlie Curtis Episode: "A Desperate Exit"
1986 Saturday Night Live host Episode: "Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run-DMC"
1987 Father Clements Story, TheThe Father Clements Story Joey NBC television film
1987 Home Alone: A Kid's Guide To Playing It Safe When On Your Own Himself/Host Direct-to-video special
1988–89 Different World, AA Different World Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable Episodes: "My Dinner With Theo" & "Risky Business"
1989 Mother's Day Cullen Sturgis Television film
1989 Tour of Duty SPC Sweet Episode: "The Volunteer"
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Host
1990 Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider, TheThe Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider Spinner
1990 The Earth Day Special Theo Huxtable
1991 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Eric Episode: "Cased Up"
1992–93 Here and Now Alexander 'A.J.' James Lead role
1994 Drop Zone Terry Nessip
1994–97 Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School Bus The Producer
1995 Touched by an Angel Zack Episode: "There But For the Grace of God"
1995 Tyson Rory Holloway HBO television film
1995 Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen Leroy Cappy HBO television film
1996–2000 Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm McGee Lead role
1997 Moloney Episode: "The Ripple Effect"
1998 Fare to Remember, AA Fare to Remember Winter Valen
1998 Restaurant Steven
1999 Sliders R.J. Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2001 Legend of the Candy Cane Rusty (voice) Television film
2002 Static Shock Lester Biggs (voice) Episode: "Duped"
2002 Lyric Cafe Host
2002–04 Jeremiah Kurdy Malloy Series regular
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption Samuel
2004 Stripperella Episode: "The Bridesmaid"
2004–05 Listen Up! Bernie Widmer Series regular
2006 List, TheThe List Randy
2006 Contradictions of the Heart Miles Long Band
2006 Dexter Rita's Lawyer Episode: "Seeing Red"
2008 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Jason Anders Episode: "Lie with Me"
2008 Fool's Gold Cordell
2009 HawthoRNe Fred Episode: "Healing Time"
2009 Sherri Kevin
2010 True Blue Walker MacRae Television film
2010 Special Agent Oso Braden's Dad Episode: "The Living Holiday Lights"
2011–present Community Andre Bennett Recurring role
2011 Reed Between the Lines Dr. Alex Reed Lead role
2013 Key & Peele Black Republican Episode: "Episode 21"
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Russel Episode: "Party"
2014 Major Crimes Lt. Chuck Cooper Episode: "Year-End Blowout" "Season 2 Episode 17"
2014 Sons of Anarchy Sticky Recurring role

Discography[edit]

The Miles Long Mixtape

  • Released: 2003

Love & Other Social Issues

  • Released: 2007

Awards and nominations[edit]

MD Theatre Guide Readers' Choice Awards

  • 2013: Winner 1st Place, "Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Play" -Doctor John Prentice in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Arena Stage

BET Comedy Awards

  • 2005: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — Listen Up

Emmy Awards

  • 1986: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — The Cosby Show

Image Awards

  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" — Touched by an Angel
  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" — Malcolm & Eddie
  • 2012: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" - Reed Between the Lines

TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Favorite Singing Siblings" — The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)

Young Artist Award

  • 1985: Won, Best Young Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy Series - The Cosby Show
  • 1988: Nominated, Best Young Male Superstar in Television - The Cosby Show
  • 1989: Won, Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special - The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)
  • 1990: Won, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" — The Cosby Show

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