California-born Shemar Moore parlayed a successful modeling stint into an acting career that began in 1994 with a lead role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. Moore played Malcolm Winters for eight years, and earned a Daytime Emmy for his performance in 2000. After leaving The Young and the Restless, Moore landed a role on the short-lived WB superhero series Birds of Prey. A prominent supporting role in the surprise hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman followed in 2005, and that same year, he was cast on the CBS drama Criminal Minds alongside Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson. In 2007, Moore made headlines in the gossip rags for a DUI arrest. He would go on to star on the proceedural Criminal Minds.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Spent part of his childhood in Denmark.
- To help pay for his college tuition, where he attended on a partial baseball scholarship, he began modeling.
- Wanted to be a Major League pitcher until a shoulder injury ended the dream.
- Appeared in Toni Braxton's 1995 music video for "How Many Ways" and subsequently dated the singer.
- Received a Daytime Emmy in 2000 for his role as Malcolm Winters on the soap The Young and the Restless, and won five NAACP Image Awards.
- Hosted Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.
- After his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, began participating in Bike MS, often competing in teams with his Criminal Minds cast and crew.