Malcolm-Jamal Warner is an American actor who hails from New Jersey. While he had some minor appearances in television, it was his role as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show that garnered much attention and acclaim. This same role earned him the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series, and a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Following his role as Theo Huxtable, Warner was cast as Alexander James in the NBC television series Here and Now. Finding an affinity for acting at the age of nine, he enrolled in various acting schools, ultimately graduating from The Professional Children’s School in New York. Building on his interest in performing, he expanded his skills to include directing, beginning by directing music videos for groups such as New Edition, and rapper Special Ed; he continued this pursuit, directing episodes for notable sitcoms including The Cosby Show, All That, Kenan & Kel and Malcolm & Eddie. As the star of Malcolm & Eddie, the show received NAACP Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner is also a bass-guitarist and performance poet, and in 2003 he released his debut EP, The Miles Long Mixtape. That same year, he performed at the National Black Theatre Festival, and hosted the festival’s Poetry Jam. Starring in BET’s family sitcom, Reed Between the Lines, opposite actress Tracy Ellis Ross, Warner received another NAACP Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as English professor, Alex Reed.
In 2015, the announcement circulated confirming that Warner would be playing Al “A.C.” Cowlings in American Crime Story, a television drama based on the events of the O.J. Simpson trial. Most recently, he has owned the role of AJ Austin in TV series, The Resident, and the role of James Bagwell on Sneaky Pete. Warner became an ordained minister with Universal Life Church in 2016 to officiate the wedding of his friend and manager.
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