by Isoul H. Harris
The Cosby Show debuted in 1984, instantly resuscitating the dying sitcom genre, as well as the flailing NBC network. Malcolm-Jamal Warner is indelibly ingrained in the minds of an entire generation as Theo Huxtable—the “Gordon Gartrell”-designer-shirt-wanting, girl-chasing, mischief-loving, but adorable only son of America’s favorite dad, and he is fine with that. “I am fortunate to have come from a show that changed the perception of African-Americans around the world,” says Warner.
Warner now stars in the new BET comedy “Reed Between the Lines,” portraying an NYU English professor keeping his marriage to his psychologist wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) spicy while raising three kids in New York. Sound familiar? “There are a lot of similarities between the two shows and some of them are intentional,” admits Warner, who also serves as a producer. “Cliff and Claire [Huxtable] really dug each other. On our show, you also see a man who adores his wife. You probably haven’t seen this since Cosby.”
What keeps me going is… Fear of complacency.
My longevity in this industry is… A result of my unrelenting quest for longevity.
On my nightstand is… A pen, a pad, and my iPod alarm clock.
The last book I read was… The Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida.
My biggest extravagance is… My 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide.