Hot and talented are perhaps the first two words that best describe Shemar Moore. The Emmy-winning actor has been in Hollywood for over a decade, impressing with roles in projects like The Young and the Restless and Criminal Minds.
In 2016, the small-screen star left his 11-season role of Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds and joined the cast of another crime-drama television series, S.W.A.T., shortly thereafter.
“When I left CRIMINAL MINDS, it was a blind leap. I just believed in myself and was hungry to move forward. I didn’t know that S.W.A.T. was coming. I had no idea. I was an out-of-work actor trying to figure it out. But my mother gave me a card that said, ‘Jump and the net will appear.’ I went on vacation to Sydney, Australia, and I lost myself. I got away from the business. I thought, ‘I’m chilling,'” the handsome actor said when Soap Opera Digest asked him in an interview if he was in talks for the SWAT role when he left Criminal Minds.
Before his acting skills brought him to the attention of the world, Moore began his career as a fashion model.
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Shemar Moore Bio/Wiki
Shemar Franklin Moore was born on April 20, 1970, in Oakland, California to an African-American father named Sherrod Moore and a Caucasian (Irish and French-Canadian) mother Marilyn Wilson. Moore’s mother was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and is a mathematician who works as a management consultant.
Moore’s parents divorced when he was an infant. As a result, he spent most of his childhood with his mother, first in Bahrain and then in Denmark. Moore’s mother had moved with him to Europe, where she worked as a teacher.
Moore and his mother spent 7 years in Europe before returning to the U.S. and settling in Chico, California, and later in Palo Alto, where he attended Gunn High School. During his time in Europe, he had attended a British private school.
Moore attended college at Santa Clara University, where he minored in theater arts and majored in communications. Despite his career choice, Moore originally wanted to become a professional baseball player, but an injury in college caused him to abandon that path.
In college, Moore used his athletic body by modeling to pay his bills. When it became clear that he had no future as an athlete, Moore moved to Los Angeles and began pursuing an acting career.
Almost immediately, and to the surprise of his friends and family who had never bet that he would make it as an actor, Moore landed the role of Malcolm Winters in the long-running CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” which became his breakthrough.
In his second year in the role, Moore received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He later won 8 awards, including an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
While starring in the successful CBS series, Moore took guest roles in other series and made his big-screen debut in Hav Plenty (1998). In 2000 he starred in the romantic comedy The Brother with Morris Chestnut and Bill Bellamy.
Between 2002 and 2003 Moore played the main role of Jesse Reese in Birds of Prey.
Immediately after leaving The Young and Restless, Moore got the role of Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds, which would become one of his most notable projects. For the role, Moore received an Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
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Moore’s consistency on the small screen gives him little or no time to star in blockbusters, however, he has been recognized for a few feature films, including his role in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, for which he received an Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
In 2016, Shemar starred in The Bounce Back, which was his debut as a producer and director. He lent his voice to Victor Stone/Cyborg in the DC Comics direct-to-video superhero film “Justice League” and its sequels.
Moore is also a model and is under contract with DNA Model Management in New York City.
Shemar Moore Net Worth – $16 Million
Thanks to two long-running TV shows, Shemar Moore was able to achieve an estimated net worth of $16 million. He reportedly received a salary of $175,000 per episode for his role in Criminal Minds.
As expected from a handsome and hot-looking man like Moore, he has “dated a lot of women,” a fact he revealed in 2016 when he debunked rumors that he was gay.
He dated big names like Toni Braxton (1994 – 1995), Halle Berry (1997 – 1998), Ashley Scott (2002 – 2003), Kimberly Elise (2004 – 2005), Lauriane Gilliéron (2007), and more.
Surprisingly, Moore has NEVER been married and has NO children. However, in 2016 he revealed on his Instagram page that he would like to get married in two or three years (SEE VIDEO ABOVE).
In fact, he cited focusing on his personal life and getting married as some of the reasons he gave up his busy role on Criminal Minds…
“I need balance in my life. I love what I do for a living, I love it from ‘action’ to ‘editing,’ but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want a balance, and that’s hard to achieve with the schedule we have,” the actor told TV Line.
His most recent relationship, at the time of this writing, was with a professional soccer player, Shawna Gordon. The couple began dating in 2015, when Moore bragged about her, saying she was the “#1 HOTTEST chick in pro sports… If she gets up and turns around, you might just pass out.” Unfortunately, that flame didn’t last long as they broke up in 2016.
Moore still seems to be on the lookout for THE ONE. He does seem like good husband material, though… Read what he once said about his mother and women;
“Although I have many close female friends in my life, my number one is still my mother. Without her, I wouldn’t have the values I have and wouldn’t see the world the way I see it today. She taught me how to appreciate and respect women. She taught me chivalry and how to love a woman and respect her feelings and emotions.”
Shemar Moore height: 6 feet 1 inch.
Learn more about Moore on his official website. Also, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.