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September 28, 2019

Glimpse into 'Emergence' Star Donald Faison's Life as a Father of Six

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Donald Faison plays a father-of-one in the ABC series "Emergence," and in “Scrubs,” the medical series he’s most known for, Donald’s character had two kids. Put together, they only make up half of the number he has in real life.

The actor first appeared on screen in the early 90s, and it would be a few years later before he welcomed his first child.

Donald Faison visits the SiriusXM Studios on June 6, 2016 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


Donald and then-girlfriend Audrey Ince became parents to a baby boy named Sean in the mid-90s. Although Sean’s year of birth is not confirmed, the actor revealed in a September 2019 interview that his first child is 23. 

"My son Dade is very brave. Today he and his brother Kobe and sister Kaya lost their mother"

It appears Donald and Audrey’s relationship did not last too long because, by 1997, he was dating his late ex-wife Lisa Askey.


According to PEOPLE, Donald and Lisa got together when he was still broke, and she was a nursing student. In 1999, they had their first children together, fraternal twins, son Dade and daughter Kaya.

Donald and Lisa tied the knot in 2001 and the same year welcomed their third child – son Kobe. Four years later, however, the couple got divorced. Sadly, Lisa passed away in 2017, but Donald has always been there for his kids.


In a tribute to his ex-wife after her death, the "Waiting to Exhale" star posted a photo of Lisa holding hands with an infant Dade and wrote:

"My son Dade is very brave. Today he and his brother Kobe and sister Kaya lost their mother. Lisa Askey Faison. She and I never really saw eye to eye but one thing we did share was our love for our children. RIP Lisa. You raised three beautiful children into fine adults and I am forever grateful for that. May god bless your soul with light and love."


Days later, the "Exes" star was pictured dining with him and Lisa’s kids at a café in Los Angeles. “Last night in LA,” the doting dad captioned the post.

At the time Lisa passed on, Donald was already married to his present wife, CaCee Cobb. Donald and CaCee got married in 2012 after dating for six years.


In August 2013, the "Clueless" star and CaCee welcomed their son Rocco, and two years later, also in August, their daughter Wilder Frances was born.

"I’ve had to use my experiences in life to explain to them why what they’re doing isn’t going to work"

Life as a father to six children across age groups can be challenging, but in an interview with PEOPLE, Donald revealed his way of dealing with it.


“I’m Disney Dad. I’m the one that you can count on for the laughs and the fun times,” he told the outlet, adding that it is also his worst quality.

“I think that’s a horrible quality to have, as well,” he continued. “It’s rare that I discipline.”


Donald added that even though he’s had to offer guidance now and then to the older kids, he wouldn’t call himself “strict.”

“As my kids have gotten older, I’ve become. … not more opinionated, but I feel like I’ve had to use my experiences in life to explain to them why what they’re doing isn’t going to work. But as far as being strict, no. And that’s good and bad.”


The 45-year-old actor confessed that he sometimes misses the days when there were no parenting responsibilities, and he could do whatever he liked.

Despite the challenges, however, Donald couldn’t be prouder of his children and doesn’t hesitate to spotlight their achievements.

“I have a kid that graduated college. I’m very proud of that,” he raved. “I have another kid that’s gonna start college next year. That makes me very proud.”