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Born Shermar Franklin Moore on the 20th April 1970, in Oakland, California USA, he is an actor, TV host and former model, perhaps best known to the world as Special Agent Derek Morgan in the TV series “Criminal Minds” (2005-2016), and also as Malcolm Winters in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” (1994-2005).
Of Irish, French-Canadian and African-American ancestry, Shermar is the son of Marilyn Wilson and Sherrod Moore. He lived with his mother who worked as a teacher in Denmark and Bahrain during Shermar’s first seven years of life. While in Bahrain, Shermar went to a British private school, and then in 1977 he and his mother returned to the USA, initially to Chico, California, but then moving to Palo Alto in the south of the state, where went to Gunn High School. After matriculation he enrolled at Santa Clara University, majoring in communications while also pursuing theater studies, and earning a minor from the theater arts subject.
After college, Shermar made an immediate breakthrough with the role of Malcolm Winters in the long-running TV drama series “The Young and the Restless”, portraying Malcolm from 1994 until 2004, while until 2014 he made further occasional appearances, eventually totaling 430 episodes. This particular role launched him to stardom and won him a number of prestigious awards, including a Daytime Emmy, and seven Image Awards. His film debut came in 1997 when he portrayed Chris in the comedy film “Have Plenty”, starring Christopher Scott Cherot and Chenoa Maxwell, and he continued with film roles, starring in the action thriller “Butter” in 1998, and having several other minor roles until he was selected for the part of Special Agent Derek Morgan in the TV crime-drama series “Criminal Minds” in 2005; he remained in the show until 2017, and appeared in 252 episodes of the Primetime-Emmy Award-nominated series. He earned another Image Award, while his net worth soared during those years.
Derek hasn’t had prominent success apart from these two celebrated roles, generally appearing in minor film roles, but most recently he was cast in the lead role in the TV crime-action series “S.W.A.T”, as Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson, so far featuring in 17 episodes.
Back in 1995, Shermar was selected as the host of the popular TV show “Soul Train”, which lasted until 2003, and has also guest hosted “The Talk”, and various annual award shows, such as “2001 Lady of Soul Awards” in 2001, and the “48th Annual Miss USA Pageant”.
From the time when he was in college, Shermar took up modeling work, firstly to pay his bills and later as extra income. Gradually his modeling career began to develop, and he eventually signed a contract with the DNA Model Management in New York City. His most notable works as a model include an appearance in the Men’s Fitness magazine in March 2009. Shermar’s net worth also benefited from his modeling work.
His career started in the mid-‘90s, and since then Shermar has become a star actor, primarily known for his work on CBS, but he has more than 30 film and TV credits to his name, which have brought him nine awards and 11 nominations. Sounds like a rich career, right? Let’s see how rich he is. According to authoritative sources, Shermar Moore’s net worth is estimated at over $16 million. His assets also include an Audi R8, then sports Range Rover, and a legendary Ford Bronco, among many other possessions.
When it comes to his love life, since 2015 Shermar has been in a relationship with Shawna Gordon, a famous soccer player. Before her, Shermar was seen with a number of beauties, including Halle Berry, Kimberly Elise, and even Tony Braxton.
— Shemar Moore (@shemarmoore) April 2, 2018
Shermar has paid back his share to the community; since becoming a famous actor, he has been involved with a number of philanthropic organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which he raised over $20,000 with help from actors Thomas Gibson and Mandy Patinkin.
Since he became a celebrity, Shermar has used social media platforms to increase his popularity, mainly focusing on Twitter, on which he now has more than 860,000 followers. He has used it to promote his work, and announced the new series “S.W.A.T.”, among other important events for him. So if you are not already a fan, here is a great chance to start following one of the best TV actors out there, and find out what he is up to.
Moreover, Shermar’s official Facebook page has more than 8.5 million followers, and he has also started his own website.