Shemar Moore – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican actor
Is Actor 
Television actor 
From United States of America 
Type Fashion 
Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 20 April 1970, Oakland, Alameda County, California, U.S.A.
Age:50 years
Height: 1.8288 m

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS’s Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.

Early life

Moore was born in Oakland, California, the son of Marilyn Wilson, a business consultant, and Sherrod Moore. Moore’s father is African American and his mother, who was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is of Irish and French-Canadian descent. His mother, who has a degree in mathematics, worked as a teacher in Bahrain and Denmark. Moore moved with her to Denmark as an infant, and then to Bahrain when he was four where he attended a British private school until the age of seven. His grandmother is from Quebec City, Canada. Moore cites civil unrest, interracial relationships being taboo, and racism in the US in the 1970s as part of the reason his mother moved abroad with him. Returning to the US in 1977, the family moved to Chico, California, where his mother worked at a clinic, before later moving to Palo Alto. Shemar Moore graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He attended Santa Clara University, majoring in communication, minoring in theatre arts, and modeled to pay his bills. His mother now lives in Redondo Beach, California, where he occasionally visits.


Moore played the role of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for eight years. In November 2004, he returned to The Young and the Restless after originally planning to leave the show, but after a few months he dropped back to recurring status and left in September 2005. In 2007, he said, “My time is done on Y&R. I did eight solid years as Malcolm.” When Susan Lucci won her long-awaited Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 1999 Daytime Emmy Awards, Moore announced it by exclaiming, “The streak is over…Susan Lucci!”

He was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train from 2000 until 2003, and appeared in the 2001 feature film The Brothers. He portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003. Moore played the role of Emery Simms in the 2004 film Motives alongside Vivica Fox and Golden Brooks, and had a supporting role in the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He also appeared in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler with Kelly Rowland and Duane Martin.

In 2005, Moore began playing Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds. It was the seventh pilot in which he was cast. He is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City. Moore appeared on the March 2009 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine. Moore exited Criminal Minds after 11 seasons and 251 episodes in episode 18 of season 11, “A Beautiful Disaster” on March 23, 2016. In February 2017, it was announced that Moore would star in CBS’s new series based on the 2003 film S.W.A.T..



1997Hav PlentyChris
1998ButterFreddy Roland
2001The BrothersTerry White
2004MotivesEmery SimmsVideo
GreenerRicky Johnson
2005The Seat FillerTrent
Diary of a Mad Black WomanOrlando
2007Motives 2Emery SimmsVideo
2013Kill Me, DeadlyBill the Piano PlayerFilm noir comedy
2014Justice League: WarVictor Stone/CyborgDirect-to-video; voice role
2015Justice League: Throne of AtlantisVictor Stone/CyborgDirect-to-video; voice role
2016The Bounce BackMatthew TaylorAlso director
Justice League vs. Teen TitansVictor Stone/CyborgDirect-to-video; voice role


1995Living SingleJon MarcEpisode: “The Last Temptation”
The Young and the RestlessMalcolm WintersRole held: May 1994 – February 2002; November 2004 – September 2005; September 10–11, 2014
1996The Jamie Foxx ShowElisterEpisode: “Kiss & Tell”
1997The NannyMalcolm Winters, Shemar MooreEpisode: “The Heather Biblow Story”
ArlissSammy StiltonEpisode: “How To Be a Good Listener”
1998Chicago HopeBobby BarrettEpisode: “Waging Bull”
Mama Flora’s FamilyLincoln FlemingMovie
1999MoeshaEarl ThomasEpisode: “Had to Be You”
For Your LoveDakota CollinsEpisode: “Baby Boom”
Malcolm & EddieTyEpisode: “Won’t Power”
2000How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas TaleJason Hunt
2002–2003Birds of PreyJesse ReeseMain role (13 episodes)
2003Chasing AliceTV Movie
2004Nikki and NoraTV Movie
Reversible ErrorsCollins FarwellTV Movie
Half & HalfAmani LoveEpisode: “The Big Good Help Is Hard to Find Episode”
2005–2016, 2017Criminal MindsDerek MorganMain role; season 1–11
special guest; season 12 (252 episodes)
2017S.W.A.T.Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” HarrelsonMain role

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1996Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessNominated
1996Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesNominated
1997Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
1998Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesWon
2000Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
2001Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesWon
2005Black Reel AwardsBest Actor, Independent FilmMotivesNominated
2006Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the RestlessWon
2006Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureDiary of a Mad Black WomanNominated
2014Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCriminal MindsNominated
2016People’s Choice AwardsFavorite Crime Drama TV ActorNominated