Romany Romanic Malco Jr.|
November 18, 1968
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Taryn Dakha (2008–2016)|
Romany Romanic Malco Jr. (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor, and music producer. He has been nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image Award, MTV Movie Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Malco portrayed Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series Weeds. He most recently played George St. Cloud on the ABC primetime one-hour drama No Ordinary Family. He is also known for writing the rap lyrics for the character of MC Skat Kat in "Opposites Attract".
Malco was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family is from Trinidad and Tobago, with extended relatives in Venezuela. As a young boy, he moved to Baytown, Texas and attended Ross S Sterling High School. After graduation, he formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal with Virgin Records in 1991. The group's name was changed to College Boyz and 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 doing one of the raps as MC Skat Kat on the Grammy award–winning "Opposites Attract", a duet with Paula Abdul. On October 29, 2013 he told Wendy Williams on her talk show 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.
In 2008, he married former ice skater Taryn Dakha, the body double for Jessica Alba. They met in 2007 on the set of the 2008 film The Love Guru. In 2015, while filming Mad Dogs in Puerto Rico, Malco decided to move to the island. On an interview on ABC's The Chew, Malco said he "couldn't leave" and that living in the island made him feel he was "living the dream".
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 on to play Jay in Judd Apatow’s 2005 film The 40 Year Old Virgin and as 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.
Romany currently plays Rome Howard on the ABC Series A Million Little Things that premiered September 26, 2018.
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. He stated "Hundreds of blacks die annually 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." Malco criticized the negative images of blacks by the same media that now purports to side with Martin. He asks 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)|
|1990||Skat Strut||Taboo (voice)|
|1992||Big Time||Taboo (voice)|
|2000||The Wrecking Crew||Chewy|
|The Prime Gig||Zeke|
|2001||The Château||Allen Rex Granville|
|2002||White Boy||Mike Robinson|
|2004||True Vinyl||Nite Owl|
|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|
|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|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Bulldog||Guest star, episode: "Redeeming Love"|
|For Your Love||Frank "Heavyhands" Cato||Guest star, 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||Guest star, 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||Guest star, voice only, episode: "Camp Refoogee"|
|2009||Bored to Death||Gay Male Escort|
|2010–2011||No Ordinary Family||George St. Cloud||Series regular|
|2010||Tijuana Jackson||Tijuana Jackson|
|2011||The Good Wife||Justin Coyne||3 episodes|
|2012||Unsupervised||Darius||Series regular, voice only|
|2013–present||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||Guest Star|
|2015–2016||Blunt Talk||Bob Gardner||Guest star (12 episodes)|
|2015–2016||Mad Dogs||Gus||Series regular|
|2018||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)"|
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.
- "Q&A with The Love Guru's Romany Malco - Arash Markazi - SI.com". CNN. June 9, 2008. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Malco, Romany (January 16, 2016). "Due for Reinvention". Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Malco, Romany (July 17, 2013). "A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2016.