Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former male fashion model with Irene Marie Models, best known for his role as Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless, which he originally played from 1994 to 2002, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train, from 1999 to 2003. Currently, he plays FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds.
Moore was born in Oakland, California, the son of Marilyn Wilson, a business consultant, and Sherrod Moore. His mother, who has a degree in mathematics, worked as a teacher in Bahrain and Denmark for several years, and Moore lived with her abroad. Returning to California in the 1970s, they moved to Chico, California, where his mother worked at a clinic, before later moving to Palo Alto, where he graduated from Gunn High School. He matriculated to Santa Clara University, where he majored in Communications. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he modeled to pay his bills.