Romany Romanic Malco Jr.
November 18, 1968
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Actor, producer, rapper, screenwriter|
(m. 2008; div. 2016)
Romany Romanic Malco Jr. (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor, rapper, and music producer. He has been nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image Award, MTV Movie Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. In film, he is best known for his roles in The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005), Baby Mama (2008), Think Like a Man (2012) and its sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), and The DUFF (2015). In television, he is best known for portraying Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series Weeds (2005–2012) and Rome Howard on the ABC series A Million Little Things (2018–2023). He is also known for writing the rap lyrics for the character of MC Skat Kat in "Opposites Attract".
In 2015, Malco decided to move to Puerto Rico while filming Mad Dogs there. During an interview on ABC's The Chew, Malco said he "couldn't leave" and that living on the island made him feel he was "living the dream".
Malco has a son, born in 2021..
After high school graduation, Malco formed the rap group R.M.G. The group moved to Los Angeles and signed a deal with Virgin Records in 1991. The group's name was changed to College Boyz. The single "Victim of the Ghetto", off their 1992 album Radio Fusion Radio, went to #2 on the rap charts.
Malco is often mistakenly credited for performing one of the raps as MC Skat Kat on the Grammy award–winning "Opposites Attract", a duet with Paula Abdul. On October 29, 2013, Malco told Wendy Williams that he wrote the rap, but did not perform it. He mentioned running into Paula Abdul and asking her, "Who keeps telling people that I'm the cat?" and she responded, "I do, it makes a better story." Malco said that Derrick "Delite" Stevens was the one that rapped the duet with Abdul.
Malco was working as a music producer on The Pest when John Leguizamo, impressed by his dynamic personality, encouraged Romany to pursue acting. He went then played Jay in Judd Apatow's 2005 film The 40 Year Old Virgin and Conrad Shepard in the Showtime television series Weeds. He played supporting roles in films such as Blades of Glory, The Love Guru, and Baby Mama.
He appeared in 2011's A Little Bit of Heaven and the Gulliver's Travels adaptation. In the fall of 2010, Malco appeared as a member of the ABC primetime one-hour drama No Ordinary Family. He also appeared as a guest host on the popular YouTube series, Equals Three, on the episode "T-Painful".
In 2013, he played a concierge in the movie Last Vegas, alongside Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas.
Malco currently plays Rome Howard on the ABC series A Million Little Things.
Criticism of the media
On July 17, 2013, Malco wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on the Trayvon Martin verdict. In it, he chastised the media for sensationalizing the verdict to improve their ratings. Malco stated "Hundreds of Blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb. Trayvon isn't in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young Black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that." He also criticized the negative images of Black people by the same media that now purported to side with Martin. Malco called for an end to reinforcing negative stereotypes from within the Black community and suggests that "education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance."
|1989||Opposites Attract||Taboo (voice)||Video short|
|1990||Skat Strut||Taboo (voice)||Video short|
|1992||Big Time||Taboo (voice)||Video short|
|2000||The Wrecking Crew||Chewy|
|2000||The Prime Gig||Zeke|
|2001||The Château||Allen Rex Granville|
|2002||White Boy||Mike Robinson|
|2004||True Vinyl||Nite Owl|
|2004||Churchill: The Hollywood Years||Denzil Eisenhower|
|2005||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Jay||Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Steve Carell, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd)|
|2006||The Ex||Dr. Hakeem Oliver|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Jesse|
|2008||Baby Mama||Oscar Priyan|
|2008||The Love Guru||Darren Roanoke|
|2010||Saint John of Las Vegas||Virgil|
|2010||Gulliver's Travels||Young Hank|
|2011||A Little Bit of Heaven||Peter Cooper|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Zeke Freeman|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Zeke Freeman|
|2014||Top Five||Benny Barnes|
|2015||The DUFF||Principal Buchanon|
|2016||When The Bough Breaks||Todd|
|2016||Almost Christmas||Christian Meyers|
|2018||Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison||Tijuana Jackson||Also writer and director|
|2019||Holiday Rush||Rashon "Rush" Williams|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Bulldog||Episode: "Redeeming Love"|
|1998||For Your Love||Frank "Heavyhands" Cato||Episode: "The Hair Club for Men"|
|2000–2001||Level 9||Jerry Hooten||Series regular|
|2001||Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story||MC Hammer||Television movie|
|2003||Miss Match||Master Z||Episode: "Jive Turkey"|
|2005–2008, 2012||Weeds||Conrad Shepard||Series regular in seasons 1–3, season 8 guest star|
|2006||American Dad!||Skittle/Refugee/Hot Rod||Voice only, episode: "Camp Refoogee"|
|2009||Bored to Death||Gay Male Escort||Episode: "The Case of the Lonely White Dove"|
|2010–2011||No Ordinary Family||George St. Cloud||Series regular|
|2011||Funny or Die Presents||Tijuana Jackson||3 episodes|
|2011||Prison Logic||Tijuana Jackson||10 episodes|
|2011||The Good Wife||Justin Coyne||3 episodes|
|2012||Unsupervised||Darius||Series regular, voice only|
|2013||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014||Key & Peele||Johnson Family Member||Episode: "Alien Impostors"|
|2015–2016||Blunt Talk||Bob Gardner||12 episodes|
|2015–2016||Mad Dogs||Gus||Series regular|
|2018–2023||A Million Little Things||Rome Howard||Series regular|
|2012||NSFW Show||Self||Guest star, episode #122: "The Belt Guru"|
|2011||NSFW Show||Tijuana Jackson||Guest star, episode #77: "The Science of Triumph"|
|2012||The Nerdist Podcast||Self||Guest star, episode #199: "Romany Malco"|
|2012||Juan Epstein Podcast||Self||Guest star, season #4 episode #12: "Romany Malco (The Black Guy from Everything) and Anthony Jeselnik"|
|2012||Equals Three||Self||Guest Host, episode 'T-Painful': "Romany Malco"|
|2014||Sklarbro Country||Self||Guest, episode #202: "Romany Malco, David Huntsberger"|
|2014||WTF with Marc Maron||Self||Guest, episode # 509: "Romany Malco"|
|2016||Night Attack||Self||Guest, episode # 135: "Prison Logic Attack (w/ Romany Malco)"|
|2016||Guys We F****d||Self||Guest, episode "How would you wear breaks off a p***y?"|
Awards and nominations
- 2008 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
- 2007 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
- 2006 – Best Breakthrough Performance (The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
- 2006 – Best On-Screen Team (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) [Shared with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen]
- 2007 – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
- Ordoña, Michael (January 28, 2010). "Romany Malco, 'Saint John of Las Vegas'". Los Angeles Times.
- Romany Malco interview, Wendy Williams Show, October 29, 2013.
- Markazi, Arash (June 9, 2008). "Q&A with The Love Guru's Romany Malco". Sports Illustrated. CNN. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Abrams, Tamar (25 April 2013). "Actor Romany Malco Visits Troops, Returns a Changed Man". HuffPost. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
- Malco, Romany (January 16, 2016). "Due for Reinvention". Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Grant, Jasmine (February 9, 2021). "Actor Romany Malco Welcomes His First Child". Essence. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
- Malone, Chris (February 23, 2021). "Romany Malco Was a Rapper Who Worked With Paula Abdul Before He Became an Actor". Showbiz CheatSheet. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
- Malco, Romany (October 29, 2013). The Wendy Williams Show (Talk show). YouTube.
- Malco, Romany (July 17, 2013). "A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2016.