Breaking away from the stereotypes often associated with former child stars,
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who first rose to national prominence starring on the
celebrated and iconic television series “The Cosby Show," has not only
achieved continued success as an actor and director, but has also received
accolades as a poet and bass player. Since 1994, after first stepping into LA's
burgeoning underground poetry scene, Malcolm relentlessly honed his
spoken word skills, combining his poetry and theater background, making him
a local favorite. After pursuing his love for the electric and upright bass,
Malcolm formed Miles Long, his jazz/funk/soul spoken word band, creating his
own niche and has garnered quite a loyal following while playing to
consistently packed houses.
Malcolm has flexed his poetic muscle as both host and performer on BET’s
'Lyric Café,' HBO’s 'Def Poetry,' NBC's legendary 'Showtime at the Apollo' and
countless venues in LA and across the US. He has blazed stages with other
notable poets such as Jessica Care Moore, Saul Williams & Black Ice, Mike
McGee, and Georgia Me. As poet and bandleader of Miles Long, Malcolm has
shared the marquee with Floetry, KEM, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Benet, the late
Luther Vandross and continues to tour and play in jazz festivals across the
country. With Shakespearean overtones, Malcolm delves into the ever-
constant changes in life. He begs and pleads for love, loyalty and respect not
just for one’s self but also for others. Both of his poetry Cds, “the
mileslongmixtape” and "Love & Other Social Issues," include a blend of
poetry, jazz, funk and soul which is heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking,
while still managing to elicit humor interspersed with the drama he is unfolding
about life as he sees it.
An 80's icon, Malcolm is perhaps best known for his role as Theo Huxtable, a
teenager growing up in contemporary America on "The Cosby Show," which
celebrates it's 25th anniversary in 2009. 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.
In the late 90’s, Malcolm starred as Malcolm McGee, the cautious, more
practical half of Malcolm & Eddie, in UPN's popular comedy series. A
seasoned director, Malcolm was the resident helmer on Malcolm & Eddie. He
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 earned the NAACP Key Of LIfe
Award for directing the  AIDS awareness video "Timeout: The Truth About
HIV, AIDS, and YOU" starring Arsenio Hall and Magic Johnson. His voice can
also be heard as the "Producer," along with Lily Tomlin, on the long running
PBS animated series, "The Magic School Bus."
This fall, Malcolm portrays The View's Sherri Shepherd’s ex-husband on her
self-titled comedy series, Sherri, which debuts on the Lifetime Channel.
Malcolm made his feature film debut in 1994 as Wesley Snipes' brother in
"Drop Zone." In addition, he had co-starring roles in the independent films,
"Restaurant" and "A Fare to Remember" and most recently can be seen in
"The List," starring Wayne Brady and Sidney Tamia Portier as well as "Fool's
Gold," alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, and Donald
Sutherland.
On stage, Warner has starred in the off-Broadway play “Three Ways Home,”
“Cryin’ Shame,” for which he received the NAACP Theater Award for best
supporting actor, “Freefall” at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and in
“A Midsummer Nights’ Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. His one-
man theatrical production, "Love & Other Social Issues," for which he has
received rave reviews, is a "vibrant mix of poetry, music, and character
studies." The LA Times hailed Malcolm as "a gifted wordsmith with a ripe wit,
lyrical acuity, and sharp, un-PC intent," while Variety Magazine declared that
"his display of rhyming pyrotechnics establishes his spoken-word virtuosity."
Always civic-minded, Malcolm has been involved in several programs that
reach out to the community. He currently resides in Los Angeles and although
some may narrowly view him as the kid from the Cosby Show, he is
constantly reinventing himself and never ceases to expand his horizons,
share his message and hone his talents.