Shemar Moore

Criminal Minds Meet the Cast

Shemar Moore as
Derek Morgan

  • About Derek Morgan

    Morgan is a Supervisory Special Agent with BAU, and was previously a police officer in Chicago. Morgan holds a black belt in Judo, runs FBI self-defense classes, and previously served in a bomb squad unit and as a Chicago police officer. He and his two sisters grew up in a tough urban Chicago neighborhood. After his father died when he was ten, Morgan started getting into trouble. Carl Buford, a youth center coordinator, took Morgan under his wing and acted as his "father figure," although he abused Morgan even as he continued to help him. Morgan attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship. He's considered to be a "ladies man" and is a huge Metallica and Kurt Vonnegut fan. He has a special relationship with Penelope Garcia. The first time they met, he called her "Baby Girl", she liked it, and thus began a longstanding, flirtatious friendship.
    That's what everybody says until they find a body in the basement.
    - Derek

    About Shemar Moore

    Shemar Moore is best known for his portrayal of Malcolm Winters in "The Young and the Restless" on CBS, for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. He was also nominated for Daytime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in a Drama Series in 1996 and 1997 and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1999. He has won six NAACP Image Awards.

    Moore's other television credits include the mini-series "Scott Turow's Reversible Errors," on the Network, the series "Birds of Prey" and the movie "How to Marry a Billionaire."

    His feature film credits include "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Butter," "Motives," "The Brothers" and "The Seat Filler."

    Moore currently lives in Los Angeles. His birth date is April 20.

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