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Shemar Franklin Moore
April 20, 1970
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Santa Clara University (BA)|
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.
Moore was born in Oakland, California, the son of Marilyn Wilson, a business consultant, and Sherrod Moore. 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. 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. 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. 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. A gifted and talented child, Moore attended The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California before graduating from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. 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.
Moore is best known for his role as Malcolm Winters on the CBS television soap opera The Young and the Restless for almost a decade. 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."
While on The Young and the Restless, Moore was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train from 1999 until 2003, and he appeared in the 2001 feature film The Brothers. He portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003. 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. He also appeared in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler with Kelly Rowland and Duane Martin.
In 2005, Moore began playing Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds beginning with the first season's seventh episode in which he was cast and he exited the role after 11 seasons and 251 episodes in episode 18 of season 11, "A Beautiful Disaster", in March 2016.
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. The show was renewed for a fourth season in 2020. On December 24, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore tested positive for the infection, but said he professed to "feel fine". 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.He also stars as the "Unnecessary Action Hero" in a series of commercials for Paycom.
Moore worked as a model during his college years. He is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City. Moore appeared on the March 2009 issue of Men's Fitness magazine.
Moore dated soccer player Shawna Gordon from 2014 to 2015. In 2018, he dated Quantico actress Anabelle Acosta.
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.
In 2016, actor Keith Tisdell pleaded guilty to grand theft charges after stealing more than $60,000 from Baby Girl LLC. Tisdell agreed to repay the amount.
|2001||The Brothers||Terry White|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
|2017–present||S.W.A.T.||Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson||Main role|
|2020||American Soul||N/A||Executive producer (season 2)|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|1998||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|2001||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series||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|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor||Nominated|
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