Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Actor Biography

Malcolm-Jamal Warner has become known in the entertainment business for his seasoned acting talents, and his accomplishments in music, directing and producing. As an Emmy-nominated actor and Grammy Award winner, Warner has positioned himself as one of the most accomplished talents in the industry today. As a staple in television and film for nearly 30 years, Warner first rose to national prominence by starring on the celebrated and long-running classic television series The Cosby Show. His work on the show garnered him a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and set the stage for him to have a long career in the public eye. 

Warner was most recently seen co-starring as A.C. Cowlings opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. on the critically acclaimed FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He is currently recurring on TNT's hit series Major Crimes, as well as Suits on USA, and has appeared on American Horror Story: Freak Show and Sons of Anarchy for FX. Additional television credits include: recurring on NBC's critically acclaimed series Community, guest star roles on The Michael J. Fox Show, TNT's Hawthorne, AMC's The Cleaner, and Showtime's Dexter. In 2011 Warner produced, directed and starred in the BET original series Reed Between the Lines, opposite Tracee Ellis Ross.  On the film front, his short film Muted (starring opposite Chandra Wilson) won the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival (summer 2014). 

As a seasoned director, Warner has worked on a host of television series, including being a regular director (and producer) on the comedy series "Malcolm & Eddie," and also having directed several episodes of The Cosby Show, All ThatKeenan & KelThe Fresh Prince of Bel-AirSesame Street, and the AIDS awareness video Timeout: The Truth about HIV, AIDS, and YOU, which starred Magic Johnson and Arsenio Hall, and earned Warner the NAACP Key of Life Image Award. His short film, This Old Man, received critical acclaim on the theater festival circuit.

Warner made his feature film debut in Paramount Pictures' Drop Zone and was also seen in Warner Bros' Pictures Fools Gold, opposite Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland. He also co-starred in the independent films Restaurant with Adrien Brody, A Fare to Remember and The List with Wayne Brady. He recently starred in the short film Wannabe, which was a runaway hit at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

On stage, Warner has starred in the off-Broadway plays Three Ways HomeCryin' Shame, for which he received the NAACP Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor, Freefall at the Victory Garden Theatre in Chicago, and in A Midsummer Nights' Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Warner received critical acclaim for his West Coast debut of his one-man theatrical production of Love and Other Social Issues. He returned to the stage in September 2014, reprising Sidney Poitier's role as Dr. John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in Boston at The Huntington Theatre. Warner has held this role before, previously performing in the play at Washington D.C.'s esteemed Arena Theater.

Warner's voice may be as well known as his likeness, for four seasons he was heard as the voice of the Producer on PBS' The Magic School Bus. Currently, he can be heard on the audio book version of The Marvelous Effect, published by Berkley Trade, as well as in Simon & Schuster's Fatherhood, by Bill Cosby.  

When not acting and directing, Warner is a poet and a bass player. In 2015 Warner nabbed his first Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance as a Featured Performer on Robert Glasper's version of the Stevie Wonder classic "Jesus Children of America." Lalah Hathaway was also featured on the track. Warner's jazz-funk band, Miles Long, has performed in several major jazz festivals, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, and has opened for high-profile artists including Earl Klugh and the late Luther Vandross, and he recently performed at the historic Apollo Theater. In September 2015 Warner released his latest album, Selfless, which brought an evolution of music to the table, melding spoken word and soul music into once cohesive album. 

All of Warner's independently distributed CD's, The Miles Long Mix TapeLove and Other Social Issues, and Selfless have become popular on the underground music scene.

Warner currently lives in Los Angeles, California.