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After appearing as a regular on the highly successful sitcom The Cosby Show, Malcom-Jamal Warner has broken away from the stereotype often associated with former child stars. He has not only achieved continued success in his acting career, but has also received accolades in several new creative ventures including playing bass for his band Miles Long, his Performance Poetry gigs and civic-minded advocacy appearances.

Warner starred on stage in the original play Cryin' Shame, in Freefall at the Victory Garden Theatre in Chicago; in the off-Broadway play Three Ways Home, at the Astor Place Theatre and in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse.

A seasoned director, Warner was the resident helmer on Malcolm and Eddie and has also directed episodes of The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, All That and Sesame Street, as well as a host of music videos. His film short This Old Man received critical acclaim on the festival circuit. He also directed, produced and hosted the half-hour tribute to The Cosby Show. Additional directing credits include the Saturday morning teen magazine All Ax-S, featuring Jaleel White and Kriss Cross, Nickelodeon's Keenan and Kel and the AIDS awareness video Timeout: The Truth about HIV, Aids and YOU. The video, which starred Magic Johnson and Arsenio Hall, earned Warner the NAACP Key of Life Image Award.

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.

Bio courtesy MGM (08-May-2002)


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