Overcoming the Odds: Malcolm Jamal Warner

May 28, 2010 He has performed as a TV, film and stage actor for over 20 years and is now an established bass player in his own band. And he's happy to share his story of growing up --and surviving -- in Hollywood. Malcolm Jamal Warner will be appearing this weekend at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago to discuss his career and how it's changed. He calls his talk "Overcoming the Odds."

Warner was raised by his divorced mother Pam who served as his manager. He was named after Malcolm X and Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. When he was nine, Warner demonstrated an interest in show business and enrolled in acting school. With appearances on many television shows and films, Warner landed his most successful role as Theo Huxtable, the only son of Heathcliff Huxtable, played by Bill Cosby. He was named one of the 100 Top Child Stars by VH1.

Now, nearly 40, Warner combines acting and music. A guitarist, he is enjoying the buzz surrounding his jazz/funk band, Miles Long. Malcolm has performed to packed houses on the LA club circuit, played in several jazz festivals, and opened for high profile acts such as Earl Klugh and Luther Vandross. He has recently released his debut album 'the miles long mixtape.'

"It's funny; people aren't so much surprised that I have a band as much as they are that we're good," he says.

Sunday, May 30
10:30 a.m.
At Christ Universal Temple
11901 S. Ashland, Chicago


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