What is ethnicity of "Criminal Minds" Shemar Moore? Was he born in America?

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Shemar Moore is an actor and a former fashion model. He has been known for his roles in soap opera The Young and the Restless and crime-drama TV series Criminal Minds. If you are confused about Shemar's ethnicity, you definitely need to scroll down.

Shemar Moore: Birth Details

 Shemar, whose full name is Shemar Franklin Moore was born on April 20, 1970, in Oakland, California, USA. His parents had a cross-cultural marriage, his father - Sherrod Moore is an African-American while his mother - Marilyn Wilson, a business consultant, is of an Irish descent as well as has her family lineages from France-Canada. He also has a blood of Cherokee Indian associated with him. 

Shemar's father and mother

Shemar's father and mother

Seems like the confusion regarding his ethnicity is all because of numerous ties with various descents; when he was of a very young age, he grew up in the Netherlands. Since his mother was a teacher who used to teach mathematics, she traveled to Bahrain and Denmark for her career. So, Shemar was accompanied along his mother to Denmark and Bahrain. They moved to various countries - Pakistan, Germany, London, Ghana, Greece and finally settled in California, the USA since 1977. 

Shemar Moore's view on Ethnicity

According to Global Grind, in an interview with Shemar Moore, he mentioned that he doesn’t look at himself as black. "I don’t see myself as a black actor. I'm just Shemar Moore the actor". He also adds that he is very fortunate to be called as black, but he is as much as a white too. In terms of interracial and same-race movies, he points out that a movie where there are black actors cast; people would estrange themselves from watching it - considering it as a black movie. He believes that a mix of different races and ethnicities would bring up more to movies.

Shemar Moore's views on his website

Award winning actor Shemar has his own website - Shemar Moore, where he has provided deep interpretations and opinions about himself. He writes that his parents did not want him to choose to be of any race or ethnicity. His name is a mix of the initials of his parents - She from his father's name Sherrod and Mar from his mother, Marilyn. He likes to believe that the meaning of his name be "Harmony". In the future, he wishes people to see beyond just the color of the skin or the ethnicity they are and rather search for the personality an individual perceives.

More about Shemar Moore's life

Moore shined in his career with his role of Malcolm Winters in the show The Young and the Restless. He also portrayed the role of a detective in the TV series Birds of Prey from 2000-2003. He hosted a TV program named Soul Train for three years from 2003. Finally, he landed up with Criminal Minds where he was known to the world. He has also done voice roles for the movie Justice League.

During his career, he has won eight awards from various award shows through The Young and the Restless. In 2015, he won the Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Criminal Minds.

Apart from acting, Moore signed up with DNA Model Management in New York City, the same model management where The Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder and Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio are signed with.

He has also launched a clothing line called Baby Girl where a portion of the money collected would be donated to National Public Sclerosis Society since his mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, just as Fox news anchor Neil Cavuto was.

The handsome hunk is 6 feet tall and has an exceptional body figure with 6 pack abs. He is a regular gym person and exercises a lot to maintain his fitness level. He also has been known to have been in relationships with American Singer Toni Braxton and actress Halle Berry.