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Also Known As: Malcolm Jamal-Warner Died:
Born: August 18, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, director, TV host, club promoter, songwriter, screenwriter, producer, musician (bass player)

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A member of American television royalty on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), actor-director-musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner continued to expand his artistic horizons long after leaving the nurturing environs of the Huxtable nest. Rocketing to national stardom as Bill Cosby's likeable TV scion, the industrious Warner soon began extending himself with directorial work on episodes of the hugely popular sitcom, in addition to installments of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96) and music videos for such acts as New Edition. Once "The Cosby Show" had completed its lengthy run, Warner tried his luck as the co-star of the short-lived sitcom "Here and Now" (NBC, 1992-93), followed by a more satisfying stint on "Malcolm & Eddie" (UPN, 1996-2001), opposite comedian Eddie Griffin. Other endeavors included the post-apocalyptic drama "Jeremiah" (Showtime, 2002-04), the debut release from his jazz/funk band Miles Long in 2005, and a co-starring role on the family comedy "Reed Between the Lines" (BET, 2011- ), which he also produced. Comfortable with his place in television history, but determined not to be defined by it, Warner's diverse interests and talents ensured his continued success in whichever...

A member of American television royalty on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), actor-director-musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner continued to expand his artistic horizons long after leaving the nurturing environs of the Huxtable nest. Rocketing to national stardom as Bill Cosby's likeable TV scion, the industrious Warner soon began extending himself with directorial work on episodes of the hugely popular sitcom, in addition to installments of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96) and music videos for such acts as New Edition. Once "The Cosby Show" had completed its lengthy run, Warner tried his luck as the co-star of the short-lived sitcom "Here and Now" (NBC, 1992-93), followed by a more satisfying stint on "Malcolm & Eddie" (UPN, 1996-2001), opposite comedian Eddie Griffin. Other endeavors included the post-apocalyptic drama "Jeremiah" (Showtime, 2002-04), the debut release from his jazz/funk band Miles Long in 2005, and a co-starring role on the family comedy "Reed Between the Lines" (BET, 2011- ), which he also produced. Comfortable with his place in television history, but determined not to be defined by it, Warner's diverse interests and talents ensured his continued success in whichever medium he chose.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  This Old Man ... (1991) Director
2.
3.
  All That (1994) Director
4.
  All AX-S (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fool's Gold (2008)
2.
 Restaurant (1998) Steven
3.
 Tyson (1995) Rory Holloway
4.
 Tuskegee Airmen (1995) Leroy Cappy
5.
 Drop Zone (1994) Terry Nessip
6.
7.
 Child Stars: Then and Now (2003) Narrator
8.
 Cosby Show: A Look Back, The (2002) Interviewee
9.
 Child Stars: Their Story (2000) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in New Jersey
1975:
After parents' divorce, moved to L.A. with mother at age five (date approximate)
1979:
Enrolled in acting classes at age nine (date approximate)
:
Landed role of Bill Cosby's son on the last day of a nationwide talent search
1984:
Played breakthrough role of Theodore Huxtable on the highly popular NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show"; received supporting Emmy nomination for the 1985-86 season
1986:
Landed lead in "A Desperate Exit," an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1987:
TV-movie acting debut, the NBC biopic "The Father Clemens Story"
1988:
Made off-Broadway debut in "Three Ways Home"
1989:
Made directing debut with a music video for the group New Edition
1990:
Directed first of several episodes of "The Cosby Show"
1991:
Helmed the short film "This Old Man"
1992:
Executive produced, directed, and hosted "The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show"
1992:
Played a graduate student helping troubled kids on the short-lived NBC comedy series "Here and Now"
1994:
Feature acting debut, playing Wesley Snipes' brother in "Drop Zone"
1994:
Directed several episodes of "Sesame Street"
1994:
Voiced the character of The Producer on the animated children's show "The Magic School Bus" (PBS)
1995:
Hosted "CBS Schoolbreak Special"
1995:
Landed featured roles in the HBO films "Tyson" and "The Tuskegee Airmen"
1996:
Returned to series TV with co-starring role on the sitcom "Malcolm and Eddie" (UPN); also directed episodes
1998:
Made second feature, the ensemble piece "Restaurant"
:
Founded the record label The Wonder Factory
2002:
Co-starred with Luke Perry on the Showtime sci-fi series "Jeremiah"
2008:
Acted in the romantic comedy "Fool's Gold"
2009:
Guest starred on the Lifetime comedy series "Sherri"
2011:
Co-starred with Tracee Ellis Ross as husband and wife on the BET comedy "Reed Between the Lines"; also produced and directed episodes
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York - 1988

Notes

He is named after Malcolm X and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Warner told People (December 12, 1994) that when his sitcom "Here and Now" was cancelled, "I took my cue from [Bill Cosby]. He didn't bad-mouth NBC, he didn't curse them. That's when it hit me: This is a business--no more, no less."

Warner fronts the jazz-funk band Miles Long.

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companion:
Michelle Thomas. Actor. Had a six-year relationship c. 1988 to 1994; died in December 1998 at age 30.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Warner. Drug counselor. Divorced from Warner's mother in 1972.
mother:
Pam Warner. Personal manager. Divorced from Warner's father in 1972; managed son's career.

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