The 40 Year Old Virgin
Multi-faceted Romany Malco had his first brush with fame as a member of the hip hop group College Boyz, which scored a No.1 rap hit with the single “Victim of the Ghetto.” He branched out to acting in 1998. As an actor, Malco is perhaps most famous for playing Jay in the blockbuster movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” from which he netted two MTV Movie nominations, and for his scene-stealing role of Conrad Shepard on the Emmy nominated TV series “Weeds” (2005-2007), where he earned nominations at the Image and SAG Awards. Other film credits include “The Prime Gig” (2000), “The Château” (2001), “Ticker” (2001), “The Tuxedo” (2002), “Blades of Glory” (2007), “Baby Mama” (2008), “The Love Guru” (2008) and “Saint John of Las Vegas” (2009). Malco also had a regular role on the short-lived series “Level 9” (2000-2001) and has guest starred in the TV shows “Touched by an Angel,” “Miss Match” and “American Dad.”
Malco will appear in the upcoming movie “Off Duty” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Romany Romanic Malco Jr. was born on November 18, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York. His family comes from the island of Trinidad. He entered show business as a rapper and later pursued acting thanks to encouragement from actor/producer/writer John Leguizamo.
Romany is married to Taryn Dakha, a former pro figure skater and a body double for actress Jessica Alba. They met on the set of “The Love Guru” (2008). Currently, the couple lives in Redondo Beach, CA.
Romany Malco developed a love for rapping at an early age. He left New York for Texas as a teenager and formed a rap group called R.M.G. His first taste with success arrived after he moved his group to Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Now known as College Boyz, the group signed a recording deal with Virgin Records and released the rap hit “Victim of the Ghetto,” which became a chart topper. Malco later branched out as a producer, making hits for recording artists such as Paula Abdul, CC Peniston, Randy Crawford and a spoken word record for Ernie Hudson, Jr. He also contributed songs to soundtracks. It was when he worked as the music producer for 1997's “The Pest,” a comedy film produced by and starring John Leguizamo, that Malco's talent caught the attention of the multi-faceted artist. Following the advice of Leguizamo, Malco then tried his hand at acting.
In 1998, Malco got his start as an actor with guest spots in the TV series “Touched by an Angel” and “For Your Love.” He quickly progressed to film acting when he was cast alongside Ice-T and Snoop Dogg in the forgettable urban drama “The Wrecking Crew” (1999), which was directed by Albert Pyun. Later that same year, he was reunited with both rappers on another urban film, “Corrupt,” and the direct-to-video release “Urban Menace” (both also directed by Pyun). The latter film also starred Big Pun and Fat Joe.
Entering the new millennium, Malco supported Eric Szmanda and Bree Turner on “True Vinyl,” which was directed by Scott Falconer and Scott Hatley. He then appeared with Vince Vaughn, Ed Harris, and Julie Orman in the Gregory Moser-directed drama “The Prime Gig,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2000. Also in 2000, he received his first series regular role on the short-lived UPN drama “Level 9” (2000-2001).
After “Level 9” left the airwaves, Malco costarred with Paul Rudd on the independent film “The Château” (2001), which was screened at festivals such as the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Bergen International Film Festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He then teamed up with Dennis Hopper, Tom Sizemore, Steve Seagal, Peter Green and Kevin Gage for the action thriller “Ticker” (2001) and gave an impressive turn as M.C. Hammer on the made-for-TV film “Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story” (VH1, 2001).
During the following years, Malco was seen in “White Boy” (2002), an independent drama written and directed by John Marino, the Jackie Chan/Jennifer Love Hewitt successful vehicle “The Tuxedo” (2002), in which he played the supporting role of Mitch, “Death and Texas” (2004), which starred Steve Harris, and “Churchill: The Hollywood Years” (2004), starring Christian Slater, Neve Campbell, Harry Enfield, and Jessica Oyelowo. He briefly returned to the small screen to play Master Z in an episode of “Miss Match” called “Jive Turkey” (2003).
In 2005, Malco gained notice for his portrayal of Jay on “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” a successful comedy from Judd Apatow. Costars of the movie included Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, and Jane Lynch. Malco enjoyed additional triumph on television when he was hired to play the regular role of Conrad Shepard on the Showtime Original Series “Weeds,” led by Mary-Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins. During his tenure on the show (2005-2007), he was handed a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and two Image nominations in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
After his success on “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which Malco was nominated for MTV Movie Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance and Best On-Screen Team, the talented actor joined Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin and Mia Farrow for the romantic comedy “Fast Track” (released in the United States in 2007) and offered a solid supporting turn as Jessie on “Blades of Glory” (2007), a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. In between the film projects, he provided the voice of Skittle/Refugee/Hot Rod on an episode of “American Dad.”
2008 found Malco having significant roles in the films “Baby Mama” (written and directed by Michael McCullers) and “The Love Guru” (directed by Marco Schnabel and written by Mike Myers and Graham Gordy), where he played Oscar and Darren Roanoke respectively. He costarred with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin and Maura Tierney in the first film and Mike Myers, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Meagan Good, and Ben Kingsley in the latter.
Recently playing Virgil in “Saint John of Las Vegas” (2009), Malco will play Mike Roberts in “Off Duty” (2009), a comedy directed by Adam Bernstein and written by Jason Mantzoukas.