Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore in Cannes 2012
Born Shemar Franklin Moore
(1970-04-20) April 20, 1970
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1994–present

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.[1] Moore's father is African American and his mother, who was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, is of Irish and French-Canadian descent.[2][3][4] 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[4] He attended Santa Clara University, majoring in communication, and modeled to pay his bills.[6] 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."[7] 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!"[8]

He was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train from 2000 until 2003,[9] and appeared in the 2001 feature film The Brothers.[10] He portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003.[11] 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.[12] 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.[7]

He is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City. Moore appeared on the March 2009 issue of Men's Fitness magazine.[13]

Moore exited Criminal Minds after 11 seasons and 251 episodes in episode 18 of season 11, "A Beautiful Disaster".



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hav Plenty Chris
1998 Butter Freddy Roland
2004 Motives Emery Simms Video
Greener Ricky Johnson
2005 The Seat Filler Trent
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Orlando
2007 Motives 2 Emery Simms Video
2013 Kill Me, Deadly Bill the Piano Player Film noir comedy
2014 Justice League: War Victor Stone/Cyborg Direct-to-video; voice role
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Victor Stone/Cyborg Direct-to-video; voice role
2016 The Bounce Back Matthew Taylor Also director
Justice League vs. Teen Titans Victor Stone/Cyborg Direct-to-video; voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Living Single Jon Marc Episode: "The Last Temptation"
The Young and the Restless Malcolm Winters Role held: May 1994 – Feb. 2002; Nov. 2004 – Sept. 2005; Sept. 10–11, 2014[14]
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Elister Episode: "Kiss & Tell"
1997 The Nanny Malcolm Winters, Shemar Moore Episode: "The Heather Biblow Story"
Arliss Sammy Stilton Episode: "How To Be a Good Listener"
1998 Chicago Hope Bobby Barrett Episode: "Waging Bull"
Mama Flora's Family Lincoln Fleming Movie
1999 Moesha Earl Thomas Episode: "Had to Be You"
For Your Love Dakota Collins Episode: "Baby Boom"
Malcolm & Eddie Ty Episode: "Won't Power"
2000 How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Jason Hunt Movie
2001 Brothers, TheThe Brothers Terry White
2002–2003 Birds of Prey Jesse Reese Main role (13 episodes)
2003 Chasing Alice Movie
2004 Nikki and Nora Movie
Reversible Errors Collins Farwell Movie
Half & Half Amani Love Episode: "The Big Good Help Is Hard to Find Episode"
2005–2016 Criminal Minds Derek Morgan Main role (251 episodes)

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1996 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Nominated
1997 Nominated
1997 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
1999 Won
2000 Won
2000 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2001 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Won
2002 Won
2005 Won
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Actor, Independent Film Motives Nominated
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Diary of a Mad Black Woman Nominated
2014 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Criminal Minds Nominated
2015 Won
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor Nominated


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  2. Collier, Aldore (April 2001). "Hot Hollywood Hunks on Black Love, Black Women and the Changing Male Image". Ebony: 149.
  3. Collier, Aldore (November 1998). "Is Shemar Moore the finest thing on TV?". Ebony. Accessed at, 2013-09-24.
  4. 1 2 3 Diaz, Johnny (September 25, 2007). "Agent of change". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  5. Friend, David (June 30, 2016). "Canada Day: Musicians reflect on national pride, politics and partying". Retrieved July 14, 2017. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. "Shemar Moore- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  7. 1 2 "No More Y&R for Moore". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 5.
  8. "Soap star Susan Lucci first Emmy after 19 nominations". May 21, 1999. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  9. "Shemar Moore on 'Soul Train' Mentor's Passing". E.T. Feb 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  10. "Shemar Moore in The Brothers trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  11. "Shemar Moore Talks Birds of Prey". October 10, 2002. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  12. "Shemar Moore". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  13. Vontz, Andrew. "Shemar Moore". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  14. TVine (July 23, 2014). "Shemar Moore to Return to The Young and the Restless — But There's a Catch". TVLine Media. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
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Preceded by
Mystro Clark
Host of Soul Train
Succeeded by
Dorian Gregory
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