Shemar Moore was born in Oakland, California on April 20, 1970. Shemar spent the first two years of his life in Denmark where he became fluent in Danish. After his parents divorced, Shemar traveled with his mother to various countries including Bahrain, England, Greece & Africa.
Shemar later attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship. While in college, he began modeling to make ends meet, and when a shoulder injury ended his baseball career, Shemar decided to move to New York City, where he enjoyed a successful stint as a print and runway fashion model. Shemar was spotted by agent who recommended him for role of 'Malcolm Winters' on The Young and the Restless.
In 2000 Shemar won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. In 2001 Shemar made his theatrical debut in the gospel musical, The Fabric of a Man. Shemar has also won 6 NAACP Image Awards for his role as 'Malcolm Winters' on The Young & The Restless.
In 1995 Shemar was featured in the music video for "How Many Ways" sung by Toni Braxton. Shemar has been linked romantically to Toni Braxton & Halle Berry.
His credits include: the series Birds of Prey, the movie How to Marry a Billionaire and hosting the 1999 Miss USA Pageant.
His feature film credits include Butter, Motives , The Brothers, , and The Seat Filler.
Shemar currently portrays Special Agent Derek Morgan in the CBS drama Criminal Minds.