The circumstances in which he was born didn’t stop him from growing up to make his mark and stamp his footprints on the sands of time as is the case today. His name is Malcolm Jamal Warner, an actor, director, producer, and musician who discovered his talent at a young age and made a transition from poverty to fame.
His encounter with Bill Cosby, who gave him the opportunity to be in his series, The Cosby Show was the beginning of his success, and after his appearance on the show which was a hit, he continued making waves in the industry. Read on to learn more about the actor.
Malcolm Jamal Warner – Bio, Age
The New Jersey-born actor, Malcolm Jamal Warner was born on August 18, 1970, to Robert Warner Jr and Pamela Warner. His mother, who also doubles as his manager, single-handedly raised him as a divorcee. Warner is not just an actor, he is also a producer, director, and also singer. He was named after two great legends – human rights activist Malcolm X, and legendary jazz pianist Ahmed Jamal – and so it is almost no surprise the actor turned out to be what he is today.
His interest in the entertainment industry was discovered at the early age of nine, which was the reason he was enrolled in acting schools to help him in molding his future career. He attended the Professional Children’s School which is in New York as a child actor and he graduated from there in the year 1988, while still pursuing his career.
The Cosby Show a television sitcom series that was shown on NBC from 1984 to 1992, where he played the character of Theo Huxtable was what brought Malcolm to the spotlight. The producers of the show were on a nationwide search for who will play the particular role but couldn’t find a suitable actor and then out of the blue, little Malcolm comes on the final day of the audition and was selected by no other person but Cosby himself.
Malcolm Jamal Warner’s performance in this wonderful sitcom was outstanding because it didn’t just open doors to greater opportunities for the young lad, it also won him several awards such as Best Young Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy Series (1985), Best Young Actor Supporting Role in Television Series (1990), and so many others. He was also nominated for so many other awards.
Malcolm remained active in the industry as he appeared in other hit television series and films like; Jeremiah (2002-2004), Malcolm and Eddie (1996-2000), Reed Between the Lines (2011), Drop Zone (1994), Restaurant (1998), Fool’s Gold (2008), and so many others, where he continued to display his prowess. His debut EP The Miles Long Mixtape was released in 2003, and in 2007, his CD Love & Other Social Issues was also released. He plays the bass guitar and is also a poet-performer.
Is He Married or Gay? Wife, Girlfriend
Malcolm Jamal Warner has never been married and definitely has no history of divorce, however, there have been rumors of him being gay. This has not been proven in any way. On the contrary, Warner has had his own shares of romance with ladies especially those in the industry also. He dated the actress Michelle Thomas, who acted as his girlfriend on The Cosby Show. They dated till she died in his arms – of cancer – in 1998. He is still a good friend of the Thomas family to date.
He moved on from Michelle with actress Karen Malina White and their relationship culminated in an engagement. That was as far as it went as the over seven-year relationship did not get to the altar before the duo parted ways in December 2006. Then in 2010, he started dating the award-winning American actress, Regina King which lasted two and half years before they parted ways in 2013.
News filtered out that Malcolm Jamal Warner is a father. Even though the news came as a surprise, it seems it was not so to the Thomas family (family of his late girlfriend, Michelle) as it was Phynjuar Thomas the mother of Michelle Thomas who tweeted a congratulatory message to Warner while giving out the sex of the said baby as a girl.
We still don’t know who the mother of his child is as he has been able to really keep that part of his life very personal, but people believe she is his lawyer girlfriend whose name is unknown, as they’ve been together for a while now. He has since posted lots of videos of him and his baby online.
Other Facts About Malcolm Jamal Warner
Malcolm Jamal Warner is of black ethnicity and American nationality. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, his zodiac sign is Leo.
The actor has an estimated net worth of $10 million which shows that he is really doing well in the business.
He was rumored to have been married to Tracee Ellis Ross who he later divorced. However, there is no truth in the rumor which broke out after the two featured opposite each other with great chemistry in the television series Read Between the Lines.