Darius McCrary

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Darius McCrary
Darius McCrary, June 2016.jpg
McCrary in 2016
Darius Creston McCrary

(1976-05-01) May 1, 1976 (age 46)
  • Actor
  • rapper
  • singer
  • producer
Years active1987–present
Known forEddie Winslow – Family Matters
  • Juliette M. Vann
    (m. 2005; div. 2006)
  • Tammy Brawner
    (m. 2014; div. 2017)
  • [1]

Darius Creston McCrary (born May 1, 1976) is an American actor, rapper, singer and producer. McCrary is known for his role as Edward "Eddie" Winslow, the oldest child of Carl and Harriette Winslow on the ABC/CBS television sitcom Family Matters, which ran from 1989–1998.[2]

He also played Scam in the 1987 comedy film Big Shots, which was his film debut. He provided the voice of Jazz in the 2007 Transformers reboot. From December 2009 to October 2011, he portrayed photographer Malcolm Winters on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

Life and career[edit]

McCrary began his career as a child actor and made his film debut in the 1987 comedy Big Shots. He also appeared in guest spots in episodic television and had a role in the 1988 film Mississippi Burning before landing the role of Eddie Winslow in Family Matters the following year.[3][4]

After Family Matters ended its run in 1998, McCrary co-starred in the short-lived UPN series Freedom.

In 2000, he had a lead role in "Something to Sing About", a Christian drama produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as Tommy. In 2001, he appeared in 15 Minutes opposite Robert De Niro and Kingdom Come, with Whoopi Goldberg that same year.

In April and May 2006, McCrary reunited with his Family Matters co-star Kellie Shanygne Williams as Jamal on UPN's Eve for two episodes. In 2007, he was the voice of Jazz in the movie Transformers. In 2009, he voiced Tarix in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. McCrary has also had film roles in Next Day Air, and Saw VI and in national stage play productions including The Maintenance Man.

In December 2009, he joined the cast of the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless. McCrary portrayed Malcolm Winters, a role originated by Shemar Moore.[5] Joined on the series by his former Family Matters co-star Bryton James (né McClure), McCrary left The Young and the Restless in October 2011. McCrary's first album was released in 2011.

On January 6, 2010, McCrary appeared as himself in an episode of I Get That a Lot on CBS. He was pumping gas, and Paris Hilton was pretending to be a clerk at the gas station. She recognized him and asked for his autograph. He thought it was her and after she confessed who she was he said he thought she was doing community service.

Darius also starred in the stage play In-Laws From Hell written, directed, and produced by Andrionna L. Williams.

Personal life[edit]

McCrary is the founder of FathersCare, a non-profit organization, committed to empowering fathers with resources, providing education, and practical assistance, as well as legal networks to improve their relationship with their children. FathersCare is an organization under the McCrary Foundation umbrella, started by his father, aunts and uncles The McCrarys.

He was arrested and held in custody in 2015 for failure to pay child support, but was released after two hours when he paid the full $5,500 in back support owed.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Big Shots Jeremy "Scam" Henderson
1988 Mississippi Burning Aaron Williams
1995 Kidz in the Wood Tootooe TV Movie
1997 Don King: Only in America Muhammad Ali TV Movie
1998 Park Day Andre Simmons
1999 The Breaks Shaquan
2000 Something to Sing About Tommy TV Movie
2001 Kingdom Come Royce Slocumb
15 Minutes Detective Tommy Cullen
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Ray Collins
Hostage FBI Commander Darius Jackson Short
2004 The Maintenance Man Malcolm Tremell Video
2006 Da Jammies Dean Cransbury (voice) Video short
2007 Transformers Jazz (Voice)
2008 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Bruce Video
Hood Hostages Aaron Video
The Life and Times of Marcus Felony Brown Marcus "Felony" Brown TV Movie
2009 Mimi's Place Officer Friendly Short
Next Day Air Buddy
Steppin: The Movie Sinis
Saw VI Dave
Busted Tyrone
2010 Church Daniel
2011 35 and Ticking Nick West
The Perfect Gift Darren Smith
He's Mine Not Yours William
Houndz from Hell Extract
2013 24 Hour Love Vernon
Will a Man Rob God? Corey Video
2014 Out of Sight Captain Hawkings
2015 The Summoning Drew
2016 Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story Gerald Levert TV Movie
2019 Fanatic Officer Hardaway TV Movie
2020 Christmas in Carolina Marlone
True to the Game 2 Detective Joe
2021 True to the Game 3 Detective Joe


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Amen Darius Hughes Episode: "The Twelve Songs of Christmas"
Hooperman Wendell Episode: "Deck the Cell with Bars of Folly"
1988 What's Happening Now!! Brian Episode: "The Fabulous Fortunes"
1989-98 Family Matters Edward "Eddie" Winslow Main Cast
1996 Moesha Dante Woodson Episode: "Hakeem's New Flame"
2000 City of Angels Manny Episode: "Dress for Success"
Freedom James Barrett Main Cast
2003 Kingpin Truck Thomas Main Cast
Girlfriends Antoine Childs Episode: "You Ain't Gotta Go Home But... You Know the Rest"
2004 Dr. Vegas Stan Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Committed Bowie James Main Cast
2006 Eve Jamal Episode: "Separate, But Unequal" & "Daughter Don't Preach"
2009 Star-ving - Episode: "Straight Outta Compton"
Cold Case Eric "Showtime" Hynes Episode: "Stealing Home"
2009-11 The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Regular Cast
2012 Rizzoli & Isles TK Episode: "Home Town Glory"
2012-13 Anger Management Donovan Recurring Cast
2013 The Soul Man Patrice Episode: "Boyce in the Hood"
2015 The Leftovers Isaac Rayney Recurring Cast: Season 2
Minority Report Agent Aman Shale Episode: "Memento Mori" & "Everybody Runs"
2015-16 Da Jammies Principle Cransberry (voice) Recurring Cast
2016 Pitch Kevin Episode: "The Break"
2016-18 Star Otis Leecan Recurring Cast: Season 1, Guest: Season 2
2017 The Catch Raymond Taggart Episode: "The Birthday Party"
Snowfall Andre Episode: "2016 Original Pilot"
2018- Monogamy Connor Main Cast
2020 American Soul James Brown Episode: "Say You Love Me"

Music Video[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2017 Add to Me Ledisi Party Guest

Music career[edit]


Artist Album Label Released Singles Contribution Production
Emcee N.I.C.E. All About U Gypsy City Music 07/2016 "All About U" ft. Darius McCrary[7] Writer & Performer none

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1988 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Big Shots
1989 Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Mississippi Burning
1993 Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Family Matters


  1. ^ Rogers, Jazmine Denise (December 3, 2012). "'I'm Not Me Without Him:' Karrine Steffans Speaks On Strange Relationship With Lil Wayne And Leaving Her Husband". MadameNoire. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Herrmann, Brenda (March 16, 1993). "Cruisin' TakesA Back Seat". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Darius McCrary Biography (1976-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  4. ^ Machos_Beard[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Kroll, Dan J. "Family Matters star as Y&R's new Malcolm Winters". Soap Central.com. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  6. ^ Murphy, Doyle (March 26, 2015). "Darius McCrary, former 'Family Matters' star, arrested over child support payments". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  7. ^ "All About U (feat. Darius McCrary)". Apple Music. July 21, 2016.

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