Malcolm Barrett

Malcolm Barrett

Highest Rated: 91% Dear White People (2014)

Lowest Rated: 32% Addicted to Fresno (2015)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1980

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Despite being known for his breakout role on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Better Off Ted" (2009-2010), Malcolm Barrett has dabbled in sketch comedy, performed poetry at SLAM fests across the country, and started his own not-for-profit theater company. He even moonlights as a hip-hop artist, having written several songs for a debut album. It may seem like Barrett has kept himself busy entirely separate from his onscreen characters. However, since his professional acting career began in 2000, Barrett has guest-starred on over two dozen television shows and movies, most notably "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "The Hurt Locker" (2009), making him a widely versatile entertainer that refuses to limit himself to any single form of entertainment. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Barrett attended New York's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied both acting and directing. During breaks from his studies, Barrett auditioned for film and television roles being shot in and around New York City. He nabbed guest spots on shows like "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and the "The Sopranos," before landing a series regular role on the short-lived Fox sitcom, "Luis" (2003-04). The show allowed Barrett to set up his permanent residence in Los Angeles, where he was able to audition for more television pilots. While living, and struggling, in L.A., Barrett began appearing in commercials to pay the bills, as he continued to perform spoken word poetry, write hip-hop songs, and act in plays produced by the theater company he co-founded in New York. In 2009 Barrett landed the role of the nerdy scientist Dr. Lem Hewitt on ABC's "Better Off Ted." Although the show had a small but devoted following, it failed to earn solid ratings and was cancelled after its second season. This was also the year Barrett appeared in the Academy Award-winning war drama "The Hurt Locker"; the film won Best Picture at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, allowing Barrett to broaden his credits and appear in more serious fare, such as the critically acclaimed cop drama "Southland" (NBC & TNT, 2009-2013), and the Tom Hanks dramedy "Larry Crowne" (2011). In 2013 Barrett had a small role in the Tyler Perry-produced comedy, "Peeples."

Highest rated movies

Dear White People
American Violet
Dirty Cops - War on Everyone
Addicted to Fresno




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Edge of Her Mind Executive Producer - 2022
No Score Yet 67% Horror Noire Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Xin Executive Producer - 2017
No Score Yet 67% Calico Skies John (Character) - 2016
62% 37% Dirty Cops - War on Everyone Reggie (Character) - 2016
32% 29% Addicted to Fresno Eric (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 80% OJ: The Musical Lawrence (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 13% 10.0 Earthquake Booker (Character) - 2014
91% 61% Dear White People Helmut (Character) $4.4M 2014
38% 49% Peeples Chris Walker (Character) $9.1M 2013
No Score Yet 43% Missed Connections Jules (Character) - 2012
75% 79% American Violet Byron Hill (Character) $552.9K 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forgotten Unknown (Character) - 2004


No Score Yet No Score Yet Horror Noire Dr. Berry (Character) 2022
91% 77% Timeless Rufus Carlin (Character) 2016-2018
87% 74% Preacher F.J. Hoover (Character) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talking With Chris Hardwick Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentlemen Lobsters Unknown (Guest Voice) 2016
15% 59% Truth Be Told Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Soul Man Bird (Guest Star) 2013
81% 89% The Office Stanley's Replacement (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
96% 90% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
67% 66% Traffic Light Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
90% 98% Southland Henry Watts (Guest Star) 2011
89% 94% Better Off Ted Lem (Character) 2009-2010
91% 90% Monk Malcolm O'Dwyer (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big House Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
23% No Score Yet Luis Unknown (Character) 2003
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2002