Shemar Moore, co-star of the "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman" Movie!
With his picture perfect looks and charming nature, Shemar Franklin Moore has been melting hearts from the moment he burst on the scene in 1994. Shemar was born on April 20, 1970 to Sherrod an African-American and Marilyn Moore who is Irish-French Canadian in Oakland, California. Soon after moving to Denmark to shelter the infant Shemar from racism, his parents split up. According to Shemar, he says that his father "drifted in and out of the picture", while he grew extremely close to his mother.After living in a number of European nations, the three year old Shemar and his mother moved to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf where she was a teacher. When he turned six years old, Marilyn relocated again to her hometown of Boston, where her fears of racism were quickly realized. "It was a complete culture shock for me," Moore says. "It was the first time in my life I heard the words 'n----r' and 'chocolate'. Shemar and his mother finally settled in Palo Alto, California in 1984, however, his father remarried and now lives in Japan. Shemar attended Nueva School for 5th and 6th grade from October of 1980 to June of 1982. It was a private elementary school in Hillsborough, California which requires an IQ test for admission. After elementary school, Shemar moved on to Menlo Junior high school, another private school in located Atherton, California which was not far from Palo Alto.Shemar attended Gunn High School where he was active in many sports such as baseball, football and soccer. In 1988 he attended Santa Clara University on a partial althletic scholorship and majored in communications and minored in theater arts. During University, Shemar hooked up with the City Modelling Agency to help pay for his education. With this good looks, Shemar was aproached to be a model years prior to college but he dismissed the notion. "At 16, I thought it was for sissies," he recalls. "But at 19, when tutition was a reality, I was like, okay, well maybe it's not for sissies. So I tried it and ended up doing it for five years." These modelling endeavors helped allowed Shemar to pose for ads in issues of Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ), Mademoiselle, and fashion layouts for major department stores. He also appeared in commercials for Levi's Jeans, MacDonalds, Miller Beer, and Colter Clothes. It was Shemar's modelling work that caught the attention of top executives at The Young and RestlessLife for Shemar completely changed after he was discovered in the pages of GQ by Y&R, when they offered him the role of Malcolm Winters. Shemar took this opportunity very seriously and even spent $1100 the weekend before his audition on an acting coach to prepare himself. Even after he got the role, he still continues to work with his coach to improve his ability. Shemar hit it off with the viewers right away and even received two Daytime Emmy Nominations in 1996 and 1997. This role earned Moore a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000, after three successive nominations. He has also received five successive NAACP Image Awards. In 1999, Moore began moonlighting as host of the legendary Soul Train, a job he still holds today. In 2001, came the box office success The Brothers, in which Moore starred alongside D. L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy and Morris Chestnut. Other credits include the feature films Never 2 Big and Hav Plenty. On primetime television, Moore has appeared in dramatic roles on Chicago Hope and the miniseries Mama Flora's Family, starring Cicely Tyson. Moore has guest-starred on The Nanny, Moesha, Living Single, Arli$$ and The WB series For Your Love and The Jamie Foxx Show.
He also has a place in the television history books as the lucky guy who presented Susan Lucci with her very first Emmy Award after her historic string of losses. Moore recently starred opposite Tom Selleck, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman in the miniseries Scott Turow's Reversible Errors. His other television credits include the series Birds of Prey, the movie How to Marry a Billionaire and hosting the 1999 Miss USA Pageant.
His feature film credits include Butter, Motives, The Brothers and the upcoming The Seat Filler and Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Moore currently resides in Los Angeles. His hobbies include photography, sports and traveling.
On his favorite pasttime: "I'm a baseball junkie. I love going to the games, spitting sunflower seeds, drinking beer and eating hot dogs."
Shemar Moore's Awards:
5 NAACP Image Awards Winner, Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002)
Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2000)
Image Awards: Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, The Young and the Restless (2002)
Shemar was recently nominated for a NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series". The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards will take place on March 19, 2005 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. The award show will air on Fox March 25th at 8pm.
'The Young & The Restless' Shemar Moore
He's every girl's dream and consequently, every guy's nightmare; but love him or hate him; you've got to give him his due. After graduating from college, a brief modeling career and four years as "Malcolm" on the number one daytime drama, CBS's "The Young And The Restless," Shemar Moore is among the hottest young actors out there. What is it that makes this guy so desirable? Is it that glossy smile, those rippling abs or those bedroom eyes? The answer can be found in his name - Shemar, which he defines as meaning harmony.
"I'm a product of the late 60's...My parents were into this harmony thing and I think that's what I'm about in my disposition."
The product of a bi-racial union, Shemar's name is a derivative of his parents' first names, his mother, Marilyn who is white and his father, Sherrod who is Black. "...They believed their love was real. It didn't matter about color. You could mesh and there could be harmony. They wanted their child to be a product of that...so they took the first three letters of each name - She-Mar and that's me, baby!"
Together, his parents strove to give their child a sense of balance and peace. But, it was his mother, Marilyn who shaped Shemar into the man he is today. Marilyn made certain that home stayed constant, even when extraneous circumstances threatened its stability.
"There's been a strong sense of harmony within the structure of my family. My mother made it apparent in how I was taken care of, loved and shown support. I was taught to believe in myself, and not think I was different because I wasn't of one race. That's my whole thing. I know I can't save the world, but I can stand on that sense of integrity - treating all as equal."
Webster defines harmony as a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts. Shemar's mix of good looks, great body and infectious charm is accentuated by his intellect.
Always the driving force in his life, Shemar's mother made certain that her son was equipped with the proper tools to succeed in life. She insisted that before she cut the apron strings, Shemar graduate from college. So, attending Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts.
Shemar was tempted to pursue his degree at Howard University, but was dissuaded, by among other things, the weather. "It's too cold and I would have been on the ten year program because the women at Howard were ridiculously beautiful...You'd expect me to pay attention to my books?"
A well-known connoisseur of beautiful women, Shemar wisely chose the safer school. He finished Santa Clara with a 2.8 GPA; a feat in which he takes great pride. "I've got all these friends who say that I was an 'honor this and honor that.' -- It was an honor for me to graduate."
Yet, no matter how much Shemar jokes about school or his grades, he believes that earning his degree is one of his greatest accomplishments.
"I look at my degree and wonder how the hell but it's part of me now. I wouldn't have this type of success if I hadn't graduated." According to Shemar, college is discipline and builds character. "A degree shows the world you can complete a project, "...you can stick it out and take direction. You can pay your dues. You've done your time."
Shemar applies these lessons from college in everything, especially his career. "I don't want you to give me anything. I want to deserve it...earn it. Because if you give it to me, you can take it from me, but if I earn it, it's mine...Don't give me an Emmy unless I truly earn it."
Shemar knows he's blessed. His harmonious blend has propelled his career into a natural, uninterrupted progression; however, the ills of Hollywood are persistent. Gifted Black actors are seen as simply that -- Black. And while this is a deterrent for many, Shemar refuses to accept it as final.
"People limit themselves There is progress. Kristoff St. John (Neil on Y&R) opened the door for me. If not for his talent, there would have been no need for Neil's little brother, Malcolm. I think we have a long way to go. Yes, we fill stereotypes. I'm a Black man, but my story is different from other Black men. Hollywood hasn't put it out there for the masses to consider it all, so there's stereotyping and limits in the roles we get to play because of the roles presented."
Shemar takes the plight of the Black actor in stride and concentrates on the big picture. "I have a big plan, but I go day-to-day. I envision a goal I want manifested in five years, then I break it down...In this business, if you slip, you could fall off." That's highly unlikely for the young Mr. Moore, or shall we say "Sir Harmony."
More fast facts about Shemar Moore
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Has black hair and brown eyes.
Graduated from Santa Clara University.
Attended Santa Clara University where he majored in communications and played varsity baseball.
Nephew of a high school teacher, Stephen Wilson of Watertown High School in Watertown Massachussetts.
Previously dated both Halle Berry and Toni Braxton.
Was a Weakest Link contestant and was voted off.
His mother is caucasian and his father is African American.
Shemar Moore: Diary Of A Mad Black Woman
When President Bush receives a huge bloc of votes from the so-called Christian Right, members professing religions in that category do not cast their ballots simply because they believe he represents their moral viewpoints. They do more emphatically because like everyone else, they love a reformed sinner. Bush is considered a man who has been redeemed from his vices–party animal, heavy drinker. Redemption is held in high esteem. Perhaps then it's no wonder that playwright Tyler Perry, who has adapted his theater-piece, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" into an engaging script, binds his work to redemption. Directed by Darren Grant, "Diary" embraces a wealthy and powerful but cruel man who mistreats his wife terribly and who realizes the error of his ways after it's too late to save his dignity and his happiness. Yet he is redeemed from his boorish behavior at the story's conclusion.
Redemption is not the only theme tackled by "Diary." Perry–an amazing person who has not only written and produced the film but who acts in (count ‘em) three diverse roles–evokes themes like forgiveness, love, and the importance of family. Lest you think he waxes sentimental and you hate stories that are gushy, well, there is considerable sentiment, but ultimately "Diary" is an engaging movie that tries–not always successfully–to weld physical and verbal comedy with high melodrama. Sometimes he descends into soap opera territory, but this almost two-hour story draws us in given its first-rate performers and Darren Grant's brisk direction.
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" centers on Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), a strikingly attractive woman who nicely plays the part of the wife who subordinates herself entirely to the whims of her ambitious husband, Charles McCarter (Steve Harris), an attorney who is so successful that he lives in a mansion just outside Atlanta. Helen never thinks of taking a job, even if her husband would allow this, she is wholly dependent on her man for her creature comforts and need for love. When Charles brutally and literally throws her out of the house after an eighteen-year marriage in order to fulfill his needs with another woman, Helen, victimized by the pre-nup agreement she had signed, is one step away from homelessness. She is suddenly bereft of her anchor. "Diary" shows us credibly how she pulls the pieces together with the help of her mother (Cicely Tyson) and particularly under the strong tutelage of her pistol-packing grandma, Madea (Tyler Perry).
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman" is replete with scenes of physical comedy and torment. If Tyler Perry's grandma Madea, who steals every scene she's in, looks like a man, maybe that's because he is. She stars as well in the role of Madea's brother, a dirty old man confined to a wheelchair who smokes pot, speaks whatever is on his mind, and in one scene whispers to Helen's mother, Myrtle (Cicely Tyson), that he's got Viagra, to which Myrtle replies, "I've got mace."
"Diary" works its charms as a date movie as well, as Helen, bereft of husband but with a strong family and solid faith, wonders what to make of her relationship to the handsome Orlando (Shemar Moore), who works in a steel foundry, pursues Helen vigilantly, and shows the world that, yes, there are a few nice guys still around. The movie features a lovely church choir, belting out gospel to an SRO Atlanta crowd.