Shemar Moore

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Shemar Moore
Shemar Moore Cannes 2012.jpg
Moore in Cannes 2012
Born Shemar Franklin Moore
(1970-04-20) April 20, 1970 (age 48)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Alma mater Santa Clara University
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1994–present
Television The Young and the Restless
Birds of Prey
Criminal Minds
Soul Train
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2000)
NAACP Image Awards (8)

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003. From 2002–2003 he was a regular in the television series Birds of Prey. In 2017 he became the lead in the television series S.W.A.T. For his roles Moore won eight Image Awards for his roles on The Young and the Restless and Criminal Minds, and the 2000 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on The Young and the Restless. He was also nominated for a People's Choice Award for his role on Criminal Minds.

Early life[edit]

Moore was born in Oakland, California, the son of Marilyn Wilson, a business consultant, and Sherrod Moore.[1] Moore's father is African American and his mother, who was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is of Irish and French-Canadian descent.[2][3][4] His mother, who has a degree in Mathematics, worked as a teacher in Bahrain and Denmark. Moore moved with her to Denmark as an infant, and then to Bahrain when he was four, where he attended a British private school until the age of seven. His grandmother is from Quebec City, Quebec.[5] Moore cites civil unrest, interracial relationships being taboo, and racism in the U.S. in the 1970s as part of the reason his mother moved abroad with him.[4] Returning to the U.S. in 1977, the family moved to Chico, California, where his mother worked at a clinic, before later moving to Palo Alto. Moore graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto.[4] He attended Santa Clara University, majoring in Communication, minoring in Theatre Arts, and modeled to pay his bills.[6]


Moore played the role of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for eight years. In November 2004, he returned to The Young and the Restless after originally planning to leave the show, but after a few months he dropped back to recurring status and left in September 2005. In 2007, he said, "My time is done on Y&R. I did eight solid years as Malcolm."[7] When Susan Lucci won her long-awaited Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 1999 Daytime Emmy Awards, Moore announced it by exclaiming, "The streak is over...Susan Lucci!"[8]

He was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train from 2000 until 2003,[9] and appeared in the 2001 feature film The Brothers.[10] He portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003.[11] Moore played the role of Emery Simms in the 2004 film Motives alongside Vivica Fox and Golden Brooks, and had a supporting role in the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman.[12] He also appeared in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler with Kelly Rowland and Duane Martin.[13]

In 2005, Moore began playing Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds. It was the seventh pilot in which he was cast.[7] He is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City. Moore appeared on the March 2009 issue of Men's Fitness magazine.[14] Moore exited Criminal Minds after 11 seasons and 251 episodes in episode 18 of season 11, "A Beautiful Disaster" on March 23, 2016.[15] In February 2017, it was announced that Moore would star in CBS's new series entitled S.W.A.T., based on the 2003 film S.W.A.T.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Moore has been dating soccer player Shawna Gordon since 2014.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hav Plenty Chris
1998 Butter Freddy Roland
2001 The Brothers Terry White
2004 Motives Emery Simms
Greener Ricky Johnson
2005 The Seat Filler Trent
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Orlando
2007 Motives 2 Emery Simms
2013 Kill Me, Deadly Bill the Piano Player
2014 Justice League: War Victor Stone/Cyborg Voice role
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Victor Stone/Cyborg Voice role
2016 The Bounce Back Matthew Taylor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans Victor Stone/Cyborg Voice role
2018 The Death of Superman Victor Stone/Cyborg Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Living Single Jon Marc Episode: "The Last Temptation"
1994–2005 The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Main role
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Elister Episode: "Kiss & Tell"
1997 The Nanny Malcolm Winters Episode: "The Heather Biblow Story"
Arliss Sammy Stilton Episode: "How To Be a Good Listener"
1998 Chicago Hope Bobby Barrett Episode: "Waging Bull"
Mama Flora's Family Lincoln Fleming Television film
1999 Moesha Earl Thomas Episode: "Had to Be You"
For Your Love Dakota Collins Episode: "Baby Boom"
Malcolm & Eddie Ty Episode: "Won't Power"
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Jason Hunt Television film
2002–2003 Birds of Prey Jesse Reese Main role (13 episodes)
2003 Chasing Alice Adam Television film
2004 Nikki and Nora Corby Television film
Reversible Errors Collins Farwell Television film
Half & Half Amani Love Episode: "The Big Good Help Is Hard to Find Episode"
2005–17 Criminal Minds Derek Morgan Main role (Season 111) (253 episodes)
Special Guest (Season 1213) Episodes: "Red Light" and "Lucky Strikes"
2014 The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Episodes: September 10–11, 2014[18]
2017–present S.W.A.T. Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1996 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated
1997 Nominated
1997 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
1999 Won
2000 Won
2000 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2001 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
2002 Won
2005 Won
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Independent Film Motives Nominated
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Diary of a Mad Black Woman Nominated
2014 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Criminal Minds Nominated
2015 Won
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor Nominated


  1. ^ "Shemar Moore Biography (1970-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  2. ^ Collier, Aldore (April 2001). "Hot Hollywood Hunks on Black Love, Black Women and the Changing Male Image". Ebony: 149.
  3. ^ Collier, Aldore (November 1998). "Is Shemar Moore the finest thing on TV?". Ebony. Accessed at, 2013-09-24.
  4. ^ a b c Diaz, Johnny (September 25, 2007). "Agent of change". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  5. ^ Friend, David (June 30, 2016). "Canada Day: Musicians reflect on national pride, politics and partying". Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Shemar Moore- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  7. ^ a b "No More Y&R for Moore". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 5.
  8. ^ "Soap star Susan Lucci first Emmy after 19 nominations". May 21, 1999. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  9. ^ "Shemar Moore on 'Soul Train' Mentor's Passing". E.T. Feb 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  10. ^ "Shemar Moore in The Brothers trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  11. ^ "Shemar Moore Talks Birds of Prey". October 10, 2002. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  12. ^ "Shemar Moore". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  14. ^ Vontz, Andrew. "Shemar Moore". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  15. ^ Eng, Joyce (March 23, 2016). "Shemar Moore on His Criminal Minds Exit: "I'm Proud of the Way Things Ended for Derek Morgan"". TV Guide. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (28 February 2017). "Shemar Moore To Topline 'S.W.A.T.' CBS Drama Pilot Inspired By Movie". Deadline. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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  18. ^ TVine (July 23, 2014). "Shemar Moore to Return to The Young and the Restless — But There's a Catch". TVLine Media. Retrieved July 25, 2014.

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Preceded by
Mystro Clark
Host of Soul Train
Succeeded by
Dorian Gregory