Shemar Moore

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Shemar Moore
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Moore in 2008
Shemar Franklin Moore

(1970-04-20) April 20, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materSanta Clara University (BA)
  • Actor
  • model
  • television host
Years active1994–present

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor. His notable roles include Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless (1994–2005), Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds (2005–2016), and the lead role of Hondo on S.W.A.T. (2017–present) all on CBS. Moore was also the third permanent host of Soul Train, from 1999 to 2003.

Moore has won eight NAACP Image Awards as well as the 2000 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Young and the Restless. He was nominated for a People's Choice Award in 2016 for his work 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 was African-American and his mother, who was born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, was of Irish and French-Canadian descent.[2][3][4] His mother, who had 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, Canada.[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] Moore was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Santa Clara University where he played varsity baseball as both a pitcher and an outfielder all four years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in Theater Arts.[6]



Moore in 1995
Moore (left) with other Criminal Minds cast members

Moore played Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for eight years, in which he gained prominence. 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]

While on The Young and the Restless, Moore was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train from 1999 until 2003,[8] and he appeared in the 2001 feature film The Brothers.[9] He portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003.[10] Moore played 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.[11] He also appeared in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler with Kelly Rowland and Duane Martin.[12]

In 2005, Moore began playing Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds beginning with the first season's seventh episode in which he was cast [7] and he exited the role after 11 seasons and 251 episodes in episode 18 of season 11, "A Beautiful Disaster", in March 2016.[13]

In February 2017, it was announced that Moore would star in CBS's new series titled S.W.A.T., based on the 2003 film and 1975 television series of the same name.[14] The show was renewed for a fourth season in 2020.[15] On December 24, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore tested positive for the infection, but said he professed to "feel fine".[16] After contracting and recovering from the disease, Moore officially revealed that he is COVID-free, ready to get back on set and announcing that the show was renewed for a fifth season in 2021.

In June 2021, it was announced that Moore had joined the cast of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as Randall.[17][18]


Moore worked as a model during his college years.[19] He is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City. Moore appeared on the March 2009 issue of Men's Fitness magazine.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Moore dated soccer player Shawna Gordon from 2014 to 2015.[21] In 2018, he dated Quantico actress Anabelle Acosta.[22]

Moore formed a retail company known as Baby Girl LLC. The company's profits are used to help fight multiple sclerosis, a disease Moore's mother had. The organization's name is derived from a phrase used by Moore's character, Derek Morgan, on Criminal Minds.[23]

In 2016, actor Keith Tisdell pleaded guilty to grand theft charges after stealing more than $60,000 from Baby Girl LLC.[24] Tisdell agreed to repay the amount.[23]



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 Voice role
2016 The Bounce Back Matthew Taylor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans Victor Stone / Cyborg Voice role
2018 The Death of Superman Voice role
2019 Reign of the Supermen Voice role
2020 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Voice role
2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Randall


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Living Single Jon Marc Episode: "The Last Temptation"
1994–2005 The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Contract 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"
1999–2003 Soul Train Himself Host
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Jason Hunt Television film
2002–2003 Birds of Prey Jesse Reese Main role
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"
2005–2017 Criminal Minds Derek Morgan Main role (seasons 1–11); special guest (seasons 12–13)
2014, 2019 The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Episodes: September 10–11, 2014 & April 25–26, 2019[25]
2017–present S.W.A.T. Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson Main role
2020 American Soul N/A Executive producer (season 2)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated
1997 Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
1999 Won
2000 Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2001 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
2002 Won
2005 Won
Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Independent Film Motives Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
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


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  11. ^ "Shemar Moore". Retrieved October 2, 2012.
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  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 28, 2017). "Shemar Moore To Topline 'S.W.A.T.' CBS Drama Pilot Inspired By Movie". Deadline. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  15. ^ Venable, Nick (May 7, 2020). "S.W.A.T. Star Shemar Moore Reacts To Season 4 Renewal". CINEMABLEND.
  16. ^ Haring, Bruce (December 24, 2020). "Shemar Moore, Star Of CBS Drama 'S.W.A.T.', Has Covid-19". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Warner, Sam (June 16, 2021). "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 adds Shemar Moore to the cast". Digital Spy.
  18. ^ Adams, Tim (June 15, 2021). "Sonic 2 Recruits SWAT's Shemar Moore in Mystery Role". CBR.
  19. ^ "Shemar Moore- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  20. ^ Vontz, Andrew. "Shemar Moore". Men's Fitness. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  21. ^ Bednall, Jai (January 16, 2015). "Shawna Gordon: From Parramatta to Hollywood". NewsComAu. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  22. ^ West, Rachel (March 20, 2018). "'S.W.A.T.' Star Shemar Moore Opens Up About His Relationship With 'Quantico' Actress Anabelle Acosta". ET Canada. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  23. ^ a b Serna, Joseph (August 11, 2016). "'Criminal Minds' guest actor stole $60,000 from show's former star Shemar Moore". Los Angeles Times.
  24. ^ Dillon, Nancy (August 11, 2016). "'Criminal Minds' star Shemar Moore robbed of $60G by show's guest actor". The New York Daily News.
  25. ^ Roots, Kimberly (July 23, 2014). "Shemar Moore to Return to The Young and the Restless — But There's a Catch". TVLine. Retrieved July 25, 2014.

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Preceded by Host of Soul Train
Succeeded by