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Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Warner in 2013.
Born (1970-08-18) August 18, 1970
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1982–present

Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970)[1] is an American actor, director, and musician. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. He also starred as Dr. Alex Reed in the sitcom Reed Between the Lines.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Discography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • Books 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was raised by his divorced mother, Pamela, who served as his manager.[1] He was named after Malcolm X and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. At the age of nine, he 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, New York.


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 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.[2]

He is a bass guitar player[3] and 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 and Kenan Renolds, who are Carla's children from a previous relationship, and Alexis Reed, who 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 actress Michelle Thomas, who portrayed his girlfriend on The Cosby Show, and was at her bedside when she died in 1998.[9] He was in a relationship with actress Karen Malina White for seven and a half years.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Father Clements Story, TheThe Father Clements Story Joey Television film
1989 Mother's Day Cullen Sturgis Television film
1990 The Real Story of Itsy Bitsy Spider Spinner
1990 The Earth Day Special Theo Huxtable
1994 Drop Zone Terry Nessip
1995 Tyson Rory Holloway Television film
1995 Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen Leroy Cappy Television film
1998 A Fare to Remember Winter Valen
2001 Legend of the Candy Cane Rusty Voice
Television film
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption Samuel
2006 The List Randy
2006 Contradictions of the Heart Miles Long Band
2008 Fool's Gold Cordell
2011 Reed Between the Lines Dr. Alex Reed
2015 Megachurch Murder Rev. Hamilton Spears Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Matt Houston Johnny Randolph Episode: "Stop the Presses"
1983 Fame Lucas Boyd Episode: "Ending on a High Note"
1984 Call to Glory Episode: "A Nation Divided"
1984–1992 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Theodore "Theo" Huxtable
1985 CBS Storybreak Host
1986 ABC Afterschool Special Charlie Curtis Episode: "A Desperate Exit"
1986 Saturday Night Live Himself Host
Episode: "Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Run-DMC"
1987 Home Alone: A Kid's Guide to Playing it Safe When On Your Own Himself Host
Direct-to-video special
1988–1989 Different World, AA Different World Theo Huxtable 2 episodes
1989 Tour of Duty SPC Sweet Episode: "The Volunteer"
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Himself Host
1991 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Eric Episode: "Cased Up"
1992–1993 Here and Now Alexander "A.J." James
1994–1997 Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School Bus The Producer Voice
1995 Touched by an Angel Zack Episode: "There But For the Grace of God"
1996–2000 Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm McGee
1997 Moloney Episode: "The Ripple Effect"
1998 Restaurant Steven
1999 Sliders R.J. Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2002 Static Shock Lester Biggs Voice
Episode: "Duped"
2002 Lyric Cafe Himself Host
2002–2004 Jeremiah Kurdy Malloy
2004 Stripperella Episode: "The Bridesmaid"
2004–2005 Listen Up! Bernie Widmer
2006 Dexter Rita's Lawyer Episode: "Seeing Red"
2008 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Jason Anders Episode: "Lie with Me"
2009 HawthoRNe Fred Episode: "Healing Time"
2009 Sherri Kevin
2010 True Blue Walker MacRae
2010 Special Agent Oso Braden's Dad Episode: "The Living Holiday Lights"
2011–12 Community Andre Bennett 4 episodes
2013 Key & Peele Black Republican Episode: "Episode 21"
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Russel Episode: "Party"
2014-present Major Crimes Lt. Chuck Cooper 2 episodes
2014 Sons of Anarchy Sticky
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Angus T. Jefferson 3 episodes


Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

MD Theatre Guide Readers' Choice Awards

  • 2013: Winner 1st Place, "Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Play" -Doctor John Prentice in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Arena Stage

BET Comedy Awards

  • 2005: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — Listen Up

Emmy Awards

  • 1986: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" — The Cosby Show

Image Awards

  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" — Touched by an Angel
  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" — Malcolm & Eddie
  • 2012: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series" - Reed Between the Lines

TV Land Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Favorite Singing Siblings" — The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)

Young Artist Award

  • 1985: Won, Best Young Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy Series - The Cosby Show
  • 1988: Nominated, Best Young Male Superstar in Television - The Cosby Show
  • 1989: Won, Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special - The Cosby Show (shared w/co-stars)
  • 1990: Won, "Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series" — The Cosby Show


  • Theo and Me: Growing up Okay (1988) - ISBN 0-525-24694-0 (with Daniel Paisner)


  1. ^ a b "Malcolm-Jamal Warner Biography (1970-)". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (2011-01-21). Community': Did you think Malcolm Jamal Warner was the best pick to play Shirley's ex?"'".  
  3. ^ "Jazz Interview with malcolm jamal warner". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "National Black Theatre Festival Poetry Page". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ willied4. "Reed Between the Lines (TV Series 2011– )". IMDb. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "BET Receives 15 NAACP Image Awards Nominations". 17 February 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Dougherty, Steve (1999-01-11). "Forever Young".  
  10. ^ Jackson, Charreah (2009-04-10). "Flashback Fridays: Malcolm-Jamal Warner".  

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