Shemar Moore is one of the highest rated actors on television today, but only a few people know that he made his showbiz debut with a spectacular career in modeling.
The “Criminal Minds” star started taking up modeling jobs while studying at Santa Clara University so that he could pay his bills.
Having done major in communication and minor in theater and arts, Moore was interested in pursuing broadcast journalism. He never imagined he would end up having a promising career in modeling.
Eventually, he made progress and began appearing in several popular advertisements. He was featured in catalogs for Macy’s, Sears, and International Male.
However, despite such spectacular appearances, he said his farewell to commercial modeling when he stumbled upon acting.
"There's something fascinating about being able to put on costumes and become something else."
He made a sensational breakthrough with “The Young and the Restless,” where he played the popular character Malcolm Winters from the year 1994 to 2002. He even bagged a daytime Emmy award for his role in 2000.
This success led to other several future opportunities including other great roles in films including “The Brothers” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”
From that point onward, there was no looking back. He knew he wanted to do acting for the rest of his life.
"There's something fascinating about being able to put on costumes and become something else," Moore says. "Or allow yourself to be something that you don't allow yourself to do in your personal life. By acting, you get full permission to act in a way that you may not act in your everyday life."
Shemar Moore, Boston.com, September 25, 2007
Today, people love him for his enthralling role in "S.W.A.T.," a show that revolves around his character of Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson.
Meanwhile, Black Doctor reported that the actor’s life was not always as easy and smooth as it is now. Born to African-American father and Irish and French-Canadian mother, he always struggled to fit in.
Episodes of domestic violence also haunted his childhood and his father even spent four years in San Quentin prison for domestic charges against his mother.
Back in April 2018, the actor took to Instagram to share an intimate video of him celebrating his birthday with his loved ones. The video sees Moore getting emotional after his friends threw him the surprise bash.