Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Warner at National Black Theater Festival in 2007
Born(1970-08-18) August 18, 1970 (age 42)[1]
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, television director, musician
Years active1982–present
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Warner at National Black Theater Festival in 2007
Born(1970-08-18) August 18, 1970 (age 42)[1]
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, television director, musician
Years active1982–present

Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970)[1] is an American television actor, television director, and musician. He is best known for his role as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Additionally, he appeared as Malcolm McGee on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. He is currently starring as Dr. Alex Reed on the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines.


Early life

Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and was raised by his divorced mother, Pamela Warner, who served as his manager.[2] He was named after Malcolm X and Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. At the age of 9, Malcolm demonstrated an interest in show business which led to enrollment in acting schools. His active career as a child later led him to graduate high school from The Professional Children's School in New York City.


With appearances and roles on many television shows and films, he landed his most successful role as Theo Huxtable, the only son of Heathcliff Huxtable, who was played by Bill Cosby on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. Warner auditioned for the role on the very last day of the nationwide search and was chosen by Cosby himself.

He also starred in Jeremiah, was the voice of The Producer character on The Magic School Bus and co-starred with comedian Eddie Griffin for four years on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. Warner continued his career on the CBS sitcom Listen Up! with Jason Alexander and the host of the literacy-promoting children's show CBS Storybreak. He guest-starred on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air playing the role of Hilary's boyfriend, and has directed several music videos including British R&B group Five Star's "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons" (1994) as well as many sitcom episodes including The Cosby Show, All that, Kenan & Kel, and Malcolm & Eddie. Also In 1988 Warner was In New Edition's 1988 Music Video N.E Heartbreak.

In addition, Warner directed the acclaimed, teen-oriented public health video "Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You" (1992), which featured Arsenio Hall and Earvin "Magic" Johnson (among others) discussing the realities of HIV and AIDS and the best ways to prevent its spread.

In 2003, Warner released his debut EP, "The Miles Long Mixtape." In 2007, Warner followed up with his second CD entitled, "Love & Other Social Issues." In 2009 he guest starred in an episode in the new TNT series HawthoRNe. In 2011 he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Community as the ex-husband of Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown). His character subtly referenced his Cosby Show past by wearing a "Cosby sweater" that he stated was from his dad.[3]

He is also a performance poet, and has performed at the National Black Theatre Festival since 2003, in addition to hosting its Poetry Jam.[4][5]

Warner's most recent television role is on Black Entertainment Television's new scripted comedic television series Reed Between the Lines as Alex Reed. In this series, which first aired in 2011 Warner plays the role of an English professor married to Carla Reed, a psychologist played by former Girlfriends star Tracee Ellis Ross.[6] The couple have three children together, Kaci, played by Zoe Borde and Kenan Renolds played by Nadji Jeter, which are Carla's children from a previous relationship and Alexis Reed Zoe Hendrix which is their child together.[7] The show highlights the couple's ups and downs together as a blended family. In 2012 Warner was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a comedy series at the NAACP Image awards for his role in Reed Between the Lines.[8]

Personal life

Warner had a relationship with the late actress Michelle Thomas (who portrayed his girlfriend Justine on "The Cosby Show"), and was at her bedside when she died in 1998.[9] He dated actress Karen Malina White for seven and a half years, but never married.[10]

Warner is dating actress Regina King. They have known each other since the 1980s.[11]


1982Matt HoustonJohnny RandolphEpisode: "Stop the Presses"
1983FameLucas BoydEpisode: "Ending on a High Note"
1984Call to GloryEpisode: "A Nation Divided"
1984–92Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowTheodore 'Theo' HuxtableSeries regular
1985CBS StorybreakHost
1986ABC Afterschool SpecialCharlie CurtisEpisode: "A Desperate Exit"
1986Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run-DMC"
1987Father Clements Story, TheThe Father Clements StoryJoeyNBC television film
1987Home Alone: A Kid's Guide To Playing It Safe When On Your OwnHimself/HostDirect-to-video special
1988–89Different World, AA Different WorldTheodore 'Theo' HuxtableEpisodes: "My Dinner With Theo" & "Risky Business"
1989Mother's DayCullen SturgisTelevision film
1989Tour of DutySPC SweetEpisode: "The Volunteer"
1990Saturday Morning VideosHost
1990Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider, TheThe Real Story of Itsy Bitsy SpiderSpinner
1991Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-AirEricEpisode: "Cased Up"
1992–93Here and NowAlexander 'A.J.' JamesLead role
1994Drop ZoneTerry Nessip
1994–97Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School BusThe Producer
1995Touched by an AngelZackEpisode: "There But For the Grace of God"
1995TysonRory HollowayHBO television film
1995Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee AirmenLeroy CappyHBO television film
1996–2000Malcolm & EddieMalcolm McGeeLead role
1997MoloneyEpisode: "The Ripple Effect"
1998Fare to Remember, AA Fare to RememberWinter Valen
1999SlidersR.J.Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2001Legend of the Candy CaneRusty (voice)Television film
2002Static ShockLester Biggs (voice)Episode: "Duped"
2002Lyric CafeHost
2002–04JeremiahKurdy MalloySeries regular
2004Reflections: A Story of RedemptionSamuel
2004StripperellaEpisode: "The Bridesmaid"
2004–05Listen Up!Bernie WidmerSeries regular
2006List, TheThe ListRandy
2006Contradictions of the HeartMiles Long Band
2006DexterRita's LawyerEpisode: "Seeing Red"
2008Cleaner, TheThe CleanerJason AndersEpisode: "Lie with Me"
2008Fool's GoldCordell
2009HawthoRNeFredEpisode: "Healing Time"
2010True BlueWalker MacRaeTelevision film
2010Special Agent OsoBraden's DadEpisode: "The Living Holiday Lights"
2011–presentCommunityAndre BennettRecurring role
2011–presentReed Between the LinesDr. Alex ReedLead role


The Miles Long Mixtape

Love & Other Social Issues

Awards and nominations

BET Comedy Awards

Emmy Awards

Image Awards

TV Land Awards

Young Artist Award



  1. ^ a b Malcolm-Jamal-Warner Biography (1970-)
  2. ^ Malcolm-Jamal Warner Biography (1970-)
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (2011-01-21). "'Community': Did you think Malcolm Jamal Warner was the best pick to play Shirley's ex?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ "National Black Theatre Festival Poetry Page". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
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  9. ^ Dougherty, Steve (1999-01-11). "Forever Young". People.,,20127316,00.html. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  10. ^ Jackson, Charreah (2009-04-10). "Flashback Fridays: Malcolm-Jamal Warner". Essence. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  11. ^ "Regina King 'not engaged' to Malcolm-Jamal Warner". USA Today. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 

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