“My looks may or may not have helped me get in the door of Hollywood. But my looks have not kept me in Hollywood. I couldn’t do it with just looks.” Shemar Moore on his success in Hollywood
American actor and model Shemar Moore became famous and received numerous recognitions for his role as the sexy Malcolm Winters in the popular CBS serial “The Young and the Restless” (1994-2002, 2004-2005). For his spectacular performance, he was handed a 2000 Daytime Emmy Award as well as five Image Awards. The tall, lean, and very handsome actor has also appeared in several movies, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005). The co-star of the WB short-lived “Birds of Prey” (2002-03), Moore is currently stars as FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan in CBS’s “Criminal Minds” (2005-?).
Romantically, the black-haired, brown-eyed actor was formerly involved with the celebrity beauty Halle Berry (born on August 14, 1966) and the actress/singer Toni Braxton (born on October 7, 1967). Moore appeared as a model for Braxton’s music video’s “How Many Ways” in 1995.
Childhood and Family:
In Oakland, California, Shemar Franklin Moore was born on April 20, 1970. He is the son of an African-American father, Sherrod Moore, and a Caucasian mother of Irish/French-Canadian descent, Marilyn Moore. Shortly after his birth, he moved with his family to Denmark and was raised by her mother in such countries as Bahrain, England, Greece and Africa following his parents’ divorce. After a halt in Massachusetts, the two eventually settled in California, next to Palo Alto, where Shemar was sent to Gunn High School. He was accepted on a baseball scholarship at Santa Clara University, majoring in communications and theater, and was in the university’s squad. While in college, he started modeling to pay his tuition. When a shoulder injury finished his baseball career, Shemar moved to New York City to further pursue modeling. He soon added acting to his endeavors.
An excellent baseball player, Shemar Moore decided to fully focus on modeling when a shoulder injury cut short his dream of becoming a professional player. He then made his way to New York City and enjoyed a victorious print and runaway fashion model. Despite the successful career, Moore frequently found troubles due to his color.
While performing in GQ, Moore was discovered by an agent who helped open his doors to acting career. Returning to California in 1994, Moore’s big breakthrough soon arrived when he won the role of Malcolm Winters in the CBS long running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” (1994-2002). As the sexy Malcolm, the budding performer won a number of recognition, and was garnered with a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000. Additionally, he took home five consecutive Image for Outstanding Actor from 1998 until 2002.
During an eight year of fruitful stints, Moore also guest starred in such series as “Living Single” (1995), “The Jamie Foxx Show” (1996), “Arli$$” (1997), “Chicago Hope” (1998), “Moesha” (1999), “Moesha” (1999), “For Your Love” (1999) and “Malcolm & Eddie” (1999). In 1997, he hit the wide screen for the first time with the small role of Chris in writer/director/actor Christopher Scott Cherot’s romantic comedy Hav Plenty. Moore followed it up by starring opposite Nia Long in the action/thriller Butter (1998), but the film ended up being sold in HBO. In the CBS miniseries “Mama Flora’s Family” (1998), he received additional attention as a privileged cad named Lincoln Fleming. The drama starred Cicely Tyson and Queen Latifah.
For the next four years, Moore was seen as a host of the syndicated music series “Soul Train” (1999 – 2003). Additionally, he debuted on stage with the David E Talbert gospel musical “The Fabric of a Man” (2000), appeared as an out of work actor in How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (2000, TV), costarred opposite Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley and Bill Bellamy in the comedy film The Brothers (2001), portraying newly engaged Terry White. When his contract with “The Young and the Restless” came to an end in 2002, Moore stepped into a primetime serial as a back-up for the trio of superheroic crimefighters in WB’s “Birds of Prey” (2002-03). The show, however, was immediately cancelled.
In 2004, Moore costarred in the thriller film Motives, had a supporting role opposite William H. Macy, Tom Selleck, Monica Potter and Felicity Huffman in the television drama Reversible Errors (2004), was additionally featured in Nick Castle’s comedy The Seat Filler (2004) and played the supporting role of Ricky Johnson In Greener (2004) for director Steven Anderson. The same year, in November, Moore also reprised the role of Malcolm Winters in “The Young and the Restless.” A few months later, he dropped back to recurring status and quit in September 2005.
After a prominent role in the film adaptation of Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), based on a play written by Tyler Perry (also costarred) of the same name, Moore made his return to the small screen as a regular in the CBS show “Criminal Minds” (2005-?), playing FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan.