Shemar Moore is an American actor, model, producer and philanthropist, most commonly known for his television roles as Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan on "Criminal Minds" and Malcolm Winters on "The Young and the Restless." His philanthropic work is primarily involved in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of America, in honor of his mother, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1999.
Moore was born on April 20, 1970, in Oakland, California, to Sherrod Moore and Marilyn Wilson. He and his family moved to Denmark when he was an infant and remained there for three years before transferring to Bahrain. While in Bahrain, Moore was enrolled in a private British academy. His family returned to the United States several years later, and he eventually graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, in 1988.
Moore received a college education at Santa Clara University, where he was a baseball star, majoring in communications. At the time of his enrollment, Moore's baseball skills allowed him to pitch at 93 miles per hour. His goal was to play professional baseball, but he suffered a career-ending injury during his collegiate years. Knowing that his dream of playing baseball had ended, Moore moved to Los Angeles after college to try and break onto the acting scene. After small jobs in modeling and commercials, Moore made his break into notable acting from 1994 to 2005 with his role on "The Young and the Restless."