Kadeem Hardison

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Kadeem Hardison
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Hardison at the premiere of Beyond: Two Souls in 2013
Born (1965-07-24) July 24, 1965 (age 57)
Years active1981–present
Known forA Different World, The Cosby Show & K.C. Undercover
(m. 1997; div. 2000)

Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor. The son of fashion model Bethann Hardison, he rose to prominence after landing the role of Dwayne Wayne on the television series A Different World, a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. He is also known for playing Craig Cooper, the title character's father, in the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover. Hardison has also appeared in the first season of the Showtime comedy Black Monday and starred as Bowser in the Netflix series Teenage Bounty Hunters.

Early life[edit]

Hardison was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Donald McFadden, an antique and fine art collector, and Bethann Hardison, a pioneering African-American runway model and advocate for diversity in the fashion industry.[1][2]


Hardison was a starring cast member on the sitcom A Different World as Dwayne Wayne, and a regular cast member of K.C. Undercover and the short-lived sitcoms Abby and Between Brothers. His career was managed predominantly by his mother, Bethann Hardison. He has also guest starred on several other sitcoms, including Living Single, Girlfriends, Under One Roof, The Boondocks (as himself), Greek, Parenthood, and on Everybody Hates Chris as the judge. His films include Escapee, Rappin', School Daze, Def by Temptation, Vampire in Brooklyn, 30 Years to Life, Made of Honor, The 6th Man, Drive, Renaissance Man, Panther, The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Bratz, Biker Boyz, Who's Your Daddy?, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Blind Faith, Showtime, White Men Can't Jump, and B.C. Butcher. He appears as an actor in the 2013 PlayStation 3 exclusive video game Beyond: Two Souls as Cole Freeman.

Personal life[edit]

Hardison was married to American singer Chanté Moore from 1997 until 2000; they have a daughter named Sophia (b. 1996). Hardison remains a close friend of actor Darryl Bell, who played his best friend Ron Johnson on A Different World; he made an appearance alongside Bell on FOX's Househusbands of Hollywood.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Beat Street High School Student
The House of Dies Drear Mac Darrow Television film
Go Tell It on the Mountain Royal
1985 Rappin' Moon
1987 Enemy Territory A-Train
1988 School Daze Edge
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Willie
1989 Dream Date Jim Parker Television film
1990 Def by Temptation 'K'
1992 White Men Can't Jump Junior
1994 Gunmen Izzy
Renaissance Man Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery
1995 Panther Judge
Vampire in Brooklyn Julius Jones
1997 The 6th Man Antoine Tyler
Drive Malik Brody
1998 Blind Faith Eddie Williams
2000 Dancing in September Winston
2001 30 Years to Life Bruce
Fire & Ice Michael Williams Television film
Instinct to Kill Lance Difford
Thank Heaven Billy Ferrell
2002 Showtime Kyle
Red Skies Riley Television film
Who's Your Daddy? Andy Brookes Video
2003 Biker Boyz T.J.
Dunsmore Walter Taylor
2004 Face of Terror Jefferson
2006 The Cassidy Kids Dennis Peabody
Love Hollywood Style Ice Pop
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Joseph Barrino Television film
2007 Bratz Sasha's Dad
2008 Made of Honour Felix
The Sweep Tyrone
2010 Ashes Matthew
2011 Escapee Detective Pars
The Hop Off Charles Lee Short
Ricochet Bob Worley Television film
2013 The Dark Party Jeff
Zerosome Cyrus Wainwright
2014 Android Cop Sgt. Jones
Rescuing Madison Steven Television film
2015 Sister Switch Gregory Cole
2016 B.C. Butcher Narrator
Queen of Hearts Book Short
2018 The Christmas Pact Sadie’s Dad Television film
2019 Paddleton David
2020 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Wilkerson Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1981 ABC Afterschool Specials Episode: "The Colour of Friendship"
1984 The Cosby Show Phillip Washington Episode: "A Shirt Story"
1985 American Playhouse Royal Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
1987-1993 A Different World Dwayne Cleophus Wayne Main role
1987 Spenser: For Hire Bobby Waters Episode: "My Enemy, My Friend"
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Himself/host
1990-1991 Sesame Street Himself 2 episodes
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Henry Brooks Episode: "Words Up!"
Out All Night Dean Episode: "Smooth Operator"
Roc Rev. Adams Episode: "Dear Landlord"
1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Goki Voice; episode: "Gorillas Will Be Missed"
1995 Living Single Marcus Hughes Episode: "Who's Scooping Who?"
1997 Touched by an Angel Marc Hamilton Episode: "Smokescreen"
1997 Fox After Breakfast Himself
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Perry Episode: "Smooth Sailing"
1998 Linc's Episode: "Gangsta Rap"
1998 Fantasy Island Michael Wilkinson Episode: "Wishboned"
1998–1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Skull Cowboy Guest: 2 episodes
1997–1999 Between Brothers Charles Gordon Main: 17 episodes (seasons 1 and 2)
2000 Just Shoot Me! Tad Gallow Episode: "Blackjack"
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Clown Voice; episode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
2002–2003 Livin' Large Host Unknown episodes
2003 Abby Will Jefferies Main: 10 episodes (1 Season)
2000–2004 Static Shock Adam Evans/Rubberband Man Voice; 7 episodes
2005 One on One Director Episode: "Venice Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
2006 Just for Kicks Charles Atwood Recurring: 3 episodes
2006 My Name is Earl Owner Episode: "Born a Gamblin Man"
2006–2007 House Lawyer Howard Gemeiner Guest: 2 episodes
2007 Girlfriends Eldon Parks Guest: 3 episodes
2008 Under One Roof Jamal Episode: "Cell Out"
2007–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Judge Harry Watkins Guest: 2 episodes
2009 Greek Brian Howard Episode: "Our Fathers"
2009 Cold Case Andrew 'Huxtable' Garrett '09 Episode: "Read Between the Lines"
2010 Ghost Whisperer Dean Olson Episode: "Dead Air"
2012 Parenthood Richard Gilchrist Episode: "Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You"
2012 Family Guy Unknown Voice; episode: "Ratings Guy"
2013 Cult Paz Recurring: 8 episodes
2015–2018 K.C. Undercover Craig Cooper Main cast
2016 Supernatural Russell Lemmons Episode: "Rock Never Dies"
2018 Love Is____ Norman Season 1
2019 Black Monday Spencer Recurring role: 7 episodes
2020 Teenage Bounty Hunters Bowser Simmons[4] Main role
2022 Grown-ish Carnegie Episode: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
2022 The Lincoln Lawyer Detective Kinder 2 episodes
2022 Moonhaven Arlo

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Beyond: Two Souls Cole Freeman Voice acting and motion capture

Cultural influence[edit]

  • Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran credit Hardison for making the name "Kadeem" familiar.[5]
  • Hardison is the model for the title character Michael “The Cool” Young History in the inserts of the album The Cool by Lupe Fiasco.
  • Hardison was the subject of then-wife Chanté Moore's 1999 single "Chanté's Got a Man".
  • In a press conference following Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade wore flip-up sunglasses and said he was, "paying a little homage to Dwayne Wayne tonight", referencing Hardison's popular character from A Different World.[6][7]
  • In Season 2, Episode 7 of Psych ("If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead"), Gus references utilizing the "Kadeem Hardison method" to kiss a girl.
  • Hardison appears as the narrator on Add-2's 2019 album, Jim Crow: The Musical.[8]


  1. ^ "Kadeem Hardison Biography (1965?-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Cadet, Danielle (September 21, 2017). "Whitley's World: A Brief History of Bad and Boujee Black Girl Style". Andscape. ESPN. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "'A Different World': Where Are They Now?". EW.com. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (June 28, 2019). "'Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters': Maddie Phillips & Anjelica Bette Fellini To Headline Jenji Kohan's Netflix Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, Baby Names Now: From Classic to Cool—The Very Last Word on First Names (Macmillan, 2002), 353.
  6. ^ Dwyane Wade postgame interview, Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
  7. ^ Wade brings back flip shades at the podium!. YouTube. June 20, 2012. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Ivey, Justin (November 26, 2019). "Add-2 Releases 'Jim Crow: The Musical' Album". hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

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