Malcolm - Jamal Warner
CBS's current "Listen Up" star, is best recognized for his role in one of television's most revered comedies, "The Cosby Show," where close to 50 million viewers watched him grow up on screen as Bill Cosby's television son, Theo Huxtable. His other television credits include the series "Malcolm and Eddie" and "Jeremiah" and the movies "The Tuskegee Airmen," "Tyson," "The Father Clements Story," "Mother's Day" and "Desperate Exit." Warner made his feature film debut in "Drop Zone" and co-starred in "Restaurant" and "A Fare to Remember."On stage, he has starred in "Three Ways Home," "Cryin' Shame," "Freefall" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Warner has directed episodes of "The Cosby Show," "Malcolm and Eddie," "Keenan and Kel," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "All That" and "Sesame Street." He also directed a short film, "This Old Man," and the video "Time Out: The Truth about HIV, AIDS and YOU," which earned him an NAACP Key of Life Image Award. Warner has performed at major jazz festivals and has opened for several high-profile acts with his jazz-funk band, Miles Long. Malcolm was born on August 18, 1970, in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He named after Malcolm X and legendary jazz pianoist Ahmad Jamal. Malcolm released an auto-biography, "Theo and Me",in 1988. He is married to Karen Malina White and they live in Los Angeles, California.
An 80's icon, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is perhaps best known for his role as Theo Huxtable, a teenager growing up in contemporary America, on the hit television series The Cosby Show. But Warner is also a producer, director, musician, and civic-minded individual always involved in several programs that reach out to the community.
Breaking away from the stereotype often associated with former child stars, Malcolm-Jamal Warner has not only achieved continued success in his acting career, but he has also received rave reviews in several new creative ventures. Somehow managing to juggle his full-time acting career with playing bass for his new Jazz Funk Band, Miles Long, his Performance Poetry gigs and his civic-minded advocacy appearances, Warner doesn't leave much room for dreaming—because he's already living his dreams. At a mere 29, he has accomplished more than many people do in a lifetime.
After pursuing his love for the electric and upright bass, and forming his band, Miles Long, Warner began to perform at clubs around the Los Angeles area and has garnered quite a loyal following. Early next year, Miles Long will release their debut album, "The Many Facets of Superman," followed by a select-city tour.
In addition to his musical role in Miles Long, Warner also stars as Malcolm McGee, the cautious, more practical half of Malcolm & Eddie, UPN's popular comedy series that focuses on two twentysomething men who couldn't be more different but somehow forge a friendship in a Kansas City bar. An upstanding young man, who joins Eddie (Eddie Griffin) in a business venture, Malcolm is constantly trying to contain the impulsive behavior of his cohort.
A seasoned director, Warner is the resident helmer on Malcolm & Eddie, and has also directed episodes of The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, All That, and Sesame Street, as well as music videos for MC Trouble, Larry Springfield and New Edition. His film short, This Old Man, received critical acclaim on the film festival circuit. He also directed, produced and hosted the half-hour tribute to The Cosby Show entitled, The Last Laugh: Memories of The Cosby Show.
Always civic-minded, Warner has been involved in several programs that reach out to the community. He hosted the Emmy-award winning Kids Killing Kids and recently directed Teen Files: Truth About Violence.
An 80's icon, Warner is perhaps best known for his role as Theo Huxtable, a teenager growing up in contemporary America, on the hit television series The Cosby Show. After eight seasons, he went on to star in the comedy series, Here & Now. He has also had leading roles in several high profile HBO telefilms, including The Tuskegee Airmen and Tyson. His other television credits include The Father Clements Story, Mother's Day and the after school special Desperate Exit.
Warner made his feature film debut in 1994 as Welsey Snipes' brother in Drop Zone. In addition, he had co-starring roles in the independent films, Restaurant and A Fare to Remember. A stage performer at heart, Warner also enjoys participating in live poetry readings—in his spare time. He combines his poetry and theater skills to create "Performance Poetry," which has made him a local favorite in the fast-growing Spoken Word circuit.
Although some people may narrowly view him as the kid who grew up on national television as the only son of the Huxtables, he is constantly reinventing himself and never ceases to expand his horizons and hone his talents.
''Listen Up'' star Malcom-Jamal Warner answers People's Choice Call
Every week, more than 10.2 million people choose to tune in to the CBS comedy "Listen Up." In January, to return the favor, that show's stars, Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will return the favor by hosting the People's Choice Awards.
Airing live (if you don't live on the West Coast) on Sunday, Jan. 9 from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards can be seen on CBS.
The show, which lets fans select their favorites from the world of film, television and music, will also feature appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Poppy Montgomery, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Josh Duhamel and Jeff Foxworthy with future performers still to be announced.
Fans can still vote online for the winners in two categories -- favorite new TV drama and favorite new TV comedy -- which will be announced during the show's live broadcast.
Interestingly, "Listen Up" isn't nominated in the new comedy catetory, though the already cancelled "Father of the Pride" and ratings starved "Complete Savages" are (NBC's "Joey" is the third and highest rated nominee). In the drama category, CBS' "CSI: NY" will face off against two Golden Globe nominated ABC shows in "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" (a comedy in the Globes' estimation).
More fun stuff about Malcolm- Jamal Warner
"The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is thank God."
"The most luxurious thing I've ever done is to pick my mother up at the airport in the car I just bought her." ("I don't put alot of energy on material things, but I did pick my mother up from the airport one day in a car I'd just bought her. She cried for almost a half hour. The car could in no way equal what she's done for me, but it was a thank you that meant alot to both of us.")
"I have two children, a five year old rottweiler and a four year old pit bull."
Favorite food: "Jerk Chicken Pizza"
Favorite sport: "Basketball"
Favorite movies: "Raging Bull, Black Orphius, Psycho (the original), Princess Bride, Monty Python's Holy Grail, and Eve's Byou."
"On a scale of 1-10, ten being best I consider myself a 9.5."
Malcolm-Jamal Warner is back
Now Starring: He's playing sidekick to Seinfeld's Jason Alexander on the new CBS comedy Listen Up.
Last Seen: He produced, directed, wrote and costarred in the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie.
Where Has He Been? The former Cosby kid had a stint on the Showtime sci-fi drama Jeremiah and fronts the jazz band Miles Long. "I don't think people are surprised that I have a band as much as they are [surprised] that we're good," Warner says.
New Gig Forecast: It's a good thing he has that other job, because, like all the other post-Seinfeld shows by Jerry's cohorts, this one suffers from a serious case of the unfunnies.
Malcolm - Jamal Warner is a teen icon as Malcolm McGee
An `80s icon for his portrayal of a typical teen on one of television's most successful sitcoms, Malcolm-Jamal Warner stars as the cautious, more practical half of "Malcolm & Eddie," UPN's popular comedy series that focuses on two twentysomething men who couldn't be more different but somehow forge a friendship and business partnership in a Kansas City bar.
Warner plays Malcolm McGee who, left at the altar by his errant bride-to-be, decides to re-join his longtime friend Eddie (stand-up comic Eddie Griffin) in a business venture. Even though the reserved Malcolm must constantly contend with Eddie's impulsive behavior, he can't help but like his odd friend with the very big heart.
For eight seasons, Malcolm-Jamal Warner played Theo Huxtable, a teenager living in contemporary America on "The Cosby Show." After that long run, he went on to star in the comedy series "Here and Now." Most recently, he starred in several high profile telefilms, including HBO's "The Tuskegee Airmen," the story of a group of African-American World War II fighter pilots who, for the first time, were given an opportunity to serve their country; and as Rory Holloway in HBO's "Tyson," the life story of heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. His other television acting credits include the telefilm "The Father Clements Story" and the afterschool special "Desperate Exit."
Warner made his feature film debut in 1994 as Wesley Snipes' brother in "Drop Zone." On stage, Warner has starred in "Freefall" and the off-Broadway plays "Three Ways Home" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Warner had a co-starring role in the independent film, "Restaurant," filmed in the summer of 1998, and he also stars in "A Fare to Remember," an independent film which will make the festival rounds later this year.
Civic-minded, Warner has hosted several programs such as "Kids Killing Kids"; "Blacks and White TV: A History of African Americans in Television"; the video "Home Alone: A Kids' Guide to Playing it Safe on Your Own"; and was the voice of the "Producer" in the acclaimed PBS animated series "The Magic School Bus." His other hosting credits include "NBC's Friday Night Videos," "The Apollo Hall of Fame" and the weekly CBS Saturday morning show "Storybreak." In addition to being a resident director on "Malcolm & Eddie," Warner has also directed episodes of "The Cosby Show"; "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"; "All That"; and "Sesame Street"; as well as music videos for artists MC Trouble, Larry Springfield and New Edition. His film short, "This Old Man," received critical acclaim on the film festival circuit.
He also directed and produced the half hour tribute to "The Cosby Show" entitled "The First Laugh: Memories of The Cosby Show" (which he also hosted), the Saturday morning teen magazine special "All Ax-S," featuring Jaleel White and Kriss Kross, and the AIDS awareness video "Timeout: The Truth about HIV, AIDS and You," with Magic Johnson and Arsenio Hall, which earned Warner an NAACP Key of Life Image Award.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Los Angeles, Warner became interested in acting at age nine when his mother enrolled him in drama classes as an extracurricular activity. Acting soon became his ambition, overshadowing his dream of joining the Los Angeles Lakers. After graduating with honors from high school in 1988, Warner attended New York University Film School where he completed several short film projects as the first phase of his college education.
Multi-talented Malcolm - Jamal Warner
No stranger to the entertainment world, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is one of the few actors in Hollywood who can boast a career that began over 15 years ago. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey Malcolm-Jamal began acting at a very young age.
HZ: What drew you to acting?
MJW: "I was 9-years-old and willing to do anything to keep my mother's foot out of my ass. She was always looking for things for me to do besides going to school, hanging out, and trying to get into trouble. She tried a lot of different things, but theater was what stuck‹it might have had something to do with the curtain calls," he smiles.
Regarding his early influences:
"I have my mother, father, God and Bill Cosby to thank for my success." Say's Malcolm-Jamal . "Seeing my mother and father work so hard instilled in me a healthy work ethic at a very young age. Growing up watching Mr. Cosby working hard despite his success totally solidified that work ethic for me. Success in this business is not so much about achieving, but sustaining over the long haul."
HZ: What were you like as a child?
"In grade school I was the dreamer, the talker and the kid learning that to be a leader you have to also know how to listen. My father used to tell me that the less you talk the more you are able to observe and to learn."
Such early success alone is worthy of noting, but add to it the fact that Malcolm-Jamal is still in his 20's and we begin to see one of the many facets of this diamond in the rough. Rough only because of his relative youth. Malcolm-Jamal 's talents are still being excavated, few people are aware that in addition to acting and being one of "Malcolm and Eddie's" resident directors, Malcolm-Jamal is also a spoken word artist as well as musician. His band, "Miles Long," in which he plays electric and upright bass, has been performing all around the Los Angeles area to packed houses.
"Our vibe has been labeled 'jazz/funk', but we'll go from Living Colour to John Coltrane in the same show. The album will reflect that diversity."
If that's not enough, he and his partner/labelmate, Lionel Cole, have just recently formed "the wonder factory, rg" a record label which features other alternative artists in addition to "Miles Long."
"Aside from the jazz/funk sounds of my band, our artist roster ranges from The Lionel Cole Quintet‹imagine Al Green meets The Dave Matthews Band‹to the pop/soft rock melodies of cellist Cameron Stone. Because my entire livelihood doesn't rely on how many records I sell, I'm in a fortunate position where I get to really be an artist and I want to share that with other artists that I believe in. There's a certain musicality that¹s missing in most popular music today and I envision "the wonder factory, rg" as a safe haven for artists who don't want to compromise their art for the sake of getting a record deal."
"I've been involved in music all my life."
Malcolm-Jamal 's musical tastes tend to be diverse.
"Musically, my influences are Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Miles Davis, War, Gil Scott Herron, Brand New Heavies and Led Zeppelin."
How much control do you have over your music?
MJW: "A tremendous amount, we all do", referring to the other members in his band.
"One of the reasons we started "the wonder factory" was so that we didn't have other people dictating to us what our voices are. I'm very aware of the stigma attatched to actor/musicians so I wanted to take the time to make the album sound exactly the way I want it to. Every bit of my heart is in this record and it¹s going to surprise alot of people. When asked how he feels about his music:
"Until recently, it's been rather difficult for me to embrace the concept that I am an artist.. I've been a working actor for almost 20 years and a working director for about 11 of those years. As an adult, I've realized that the acting, directing, writing, poetry, the music are all the same to me‹avenues with which I can express my creativity. This is the first time since I was 9-years-old that I¹m doing something soley out of the desire..." Look for their first single release in June and the album debut this summer!
Malcolm - Jamal Warner's New Jazz Spoken- Word CD
Though Malcolm-Jamal Warner is currently best known for his starring role as Kurdy in Jeremiah, the actor is also an accomplished musician (electric and upright bass), poet and performer in his own right. Warner's first CD release was "The Many Facets of Superman," and this fall the independent release of "Love and Other Social Issues," a collection of his jazz-infused spoken word, will be available in the MGM TV superstore.
"I was part of the resurgence of the underground spoken-word movement," says Warner, who began writing and performing his unique blend of spoken word both solo and with his jazz-funk band, Miles Long, in 1993. "Until very recently, I was really only doing two spoken-word pieces with the band-because I had other vocalists in the band and because I wanted so much more to play bass. I thought that doing spoken word would take away from my playing bass. Now that I've been finding time to play bass for other bands, I'm looking for live shows primarily focusing on the spoken word."
As part of the Los Angeles poetry and spoken-word scene, Warner cites contemporaries like Jennifer Bowens, Christopher Hines, Deep Red, Bridget Gray and famed New York poet Saul Williams (who won Sundance audiences with his autobiographical film, "Slam") as major influences. He has traveled all around the hemisphere hitting stage after stage-from St. Lucia to Vancouver-but considers New York City one of his favorite places to perform.
"New York is where the hard-hitting poets are," Warner enthuses. "There's a certain energy about New York poets that is just amazing. I participated in my first poetry slam last year at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The Nuyorican is the poetry mecca as far as New York is concerned, and to win my slam there was really wonderful." Warner has another reason to love New York: it's where he taped his acclaimed episode of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, providing him with his largest audience yet for his words.
With the continuing success of HBO's new Def Poetry Jam series, the spotlight is again on poetry and spoken-word performance, particularly in the African-American and Latino communities. This long-standing traditional art form of combining music and poetry performance was re-popularized and brought into the mainstream, to some extent, by Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan as part of the Last Poets in the Sixties. Oftentimes, these works were the poetry of protest, especially in the case of Seventies civil-rights activist, poet and musician, Gil Scott-Heron, who penned the now famous piece, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Scott-Heron was known for using simple beats in his earlier work, but later incorporated jazz and funk into his work in later years. The roots of Warner's work as a poet and with his band, Miles Long, can be found in these earlier artists.
With a demanding television-production schedule, Warner finds this form of writing and performing a lot more fluid and with far fewer constraints. "The weird thing about the creative process is sometimes you sit down and just 'blah,' everything just comes out at one time. . .you finish your piece in one sitting," Warner explains. "But there are other times where it takes several weeks. You write it piece by piece. When the muse feels like visiting you, you try to take advantage of it whenever that comes. So, [I will] wake up in the middle of the night, and either write something down or talk to a tape recorder. Oftentimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I'll call and leave it on my voicemail. I figure, in the morning, when I check it, if it still makes sense then it's good."
When working on television, Warner's dialogue is written by other writers and his acting guided by directors. All that changes when he's doing spoken word. "The spoken word is purely me-unabashed, unashamed, whether you like it or not, this is what it is," Warner says. "And I think it's really the only medium where it's my words; it's not being edited by anyone else and it really is an avenue for me to really express myself in the best way I can."
In fact, while putting in long work days on the set of Jeremiah earlier in the year, Warner set aside time to reconnect with his art. "In my free time I was hitting the spoken-word spots and even sitting in with some bands," he says. "I put together a spoken-word night at this place called the Alibi Room with my favorite Vancouver poets, and we had a really wonderful turnout. It was packed. It was standing-room only. It was great, and I got the chance to basically share the evening with some poets in Vancouver I really dig."
Malcolm-Jamal Warner's new CD, "Love and Other Social Issues," features music by his jazz-funk band, Miles Long, and his own spoken word, on his own label, Wonder Factory.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner stars in the new comedy ''Listen Up''
LISTEN UP stars Emmy Award nominee Jason Alexander in a comedy about a well-regarded sports talk-show host and newspaper columnist who struggles to receive the same respect and admiration from his family that he does from his fans. Based on the writings of real-life sports commentator and columnist Tony Kornheiser, Tony Kleinman (Alexander) is an irreverent figure who banters about all things sports with his witty sidekick, former football player Bernie Widmer (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) on their television talk show, "Shut Up and Listen." Tony has also begun writing a humorous syndicated newspaper column that includes commentary on his family, who are less than thrilled to have their trials and tribulations made public. Tony's wife, Dana (Wendy Makkena), works as a fundraiser. While not a sports fan, she is always supportive of her paranoid and obsessive but loving husband. Megan (Daniella Monet) is their know-it-all, soccer-playing 14-year-old daughter. Mickey (Will Rothhaar) is their 15-year-old golf-prodigy son. While Tony's inability to self-edit before broadcasting his thoughts is what most endears him to his fans, it keeps his friends and family on their toes, as everything could be fodder for his column.