Michael Warren (actor)
|Born||Lloyd Michael Warren
March 5, 1946
South Bend, Indiana, United States
|Other names||Mike Warren|
|Spouse(s)||Sue Narramore (1974-?) (divorced)|
Mike Warren grew up in South Bend, Indiana and attended Central High School, where as a senior he was class president. He was twice named to the Indiana all-state team. He graduated in 1964 as Bears' career, season, and single-game scoring leader. In 1992, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
College basketball career
Warren played college basketball at UCLA, where he was a three-year varsity letterman and starting guard from 1966 to 1968. Led by Lew Alcindor (later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), the Bruins posted records of 30-0 1967 and 29-1 1968. Both teams, led by legendary coach John Wooden, captured the NCAA national championship. Warren, the smallest Bruins starter at 5' 11", averaged 12.4 points as a junior in 1967. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was a consensus All-American in 1968, one of three on that UCLA team along with Alcindor and guard Lucius Allen. The team is considered one of the best in college basketball history. Warren also earned the award as the Bruins' best defender in 1966, and he won the award as the Bruins' best "team" player in 1967 and 1968. Alcindor and Warren later crossed paths when Warren was an extra in the hospital flashback scene in the 1980 feature film Airplane! Warren was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Warren would go on to work as an actor in television. In addition to his starring role on Hill Street Blues, he had an earlier role on The White Shadow, a co-starring role on the CBS series City of Angels, a recurring role on the Showtime series Soul Food, and as a guest star as Jason on Marcus Welby, M.D..
Before Hill Street Blues, in 1974 he played the role of park ranger P. J. Lewis on the NBC adventure series Sierra, and in 1979, he starred as police officer Willie Miller on the CBS crime drama Paris, the first effort by Hill Street Blues executive producer Steven Bochco. He guest starred in "In the House" opposite LL Cool J as Debbie Allen's ex-husband. He also guest starred on the Fox sitcom Living Single as Khadijah's father, and later portrayed Joan's father on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends. Warren played Darrin Dewitt Henson's boss on the Showtime show, Soul Food, in which he played hustler-turned-entrepreneur, Baron Marks. He had a recurring role on the ABC Family series, Lincoln Heights, as Spencer Sutton, Eddie's father.
Warren appeared as Virgil Tibbs' former longtime police partner, Matthew Pogue on the episode of In the Heat of the Night "The Hammer and the Glove" in 1988. In 1996, he was on the Early Edition episode Hoops. In 2002 he appeared in "Normal Again", an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a psychiatrist trying to convince Buffy Summers she is delusional.
In 2010, Warren appeared in the critically acclaimed independent film Anderson's Cross playing the father of the lead character Nick Anderson. He received some of the best reviews of his career.
Warren has two daughters named Koa and Makayla, and two sons, Grayson Warren and Cash Warren. Cash Warren is married to actress Jessica Alba.
- 2009 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inductee
- UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, 1990
- 14th round pick in the 1968 NBA Draft.
- graduated in 1964 as Bears' career, season, and single-game scoring leader
NCAA, NCAA March Madness: Cinderellas, Superstars, and Champions from the NCAA Men's Final Four. Chicago. Triumph Books, 2004. ISBN 1-57243-665-4