Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Highest Rated: 69% Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Hunted (1994)

Birthday: Mar 5, 1946

Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, USA

Smart, talented African-American actor Michael Warren could have followed in the star shoes of Sidney Poitier but Denzel Washington beat him to it. Best remembered for his Emmy-nominated role as police officer Bobby Hill in the Steven Bochco crime series "Hill Street Blues" (1981), Mike's respected turn on this quality show should have led to much bigger things. Warren was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1946, the youngest of three children. Excelling in sports at South Bend Central High School, he earned a scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in television, radio and film. Mike later became an All-American basketball star at UCLA under the legendary John Wooden, and served as the team's captain for two years. His Bruins teammates would include Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), Lynn Shackleford, and Lucius Allen. His strong leadership and prowess on the court as a guard helped propel UCLA to two NCAA national championships during the years 1966-1968. Following an unbilled role as a basketball referee in the film Halls of Anger (1970), Mike received his first big acting break by chance when a job as a technical consultant for the basketball sequences in director Jack Nicholson's film Drive, He Said (1971) led to an on-camera featured role in the film. Developing an ad agency in Los Angeles to counterbalance the unsteadiness of a fledgling acting career, he landed some commercial work here and there before earning his first regular role on the short-lived TV series "Sierra" (1974). He proceeded to take his earnest young mug to such "blaxploitation" films as Cleopatra Jones (1973) and to daytime programming with a 1976 stint on "Days of Our Lives" (1965). After more episodic work and a failed series pilot, not to mention a supporting role in the basketball-themed comedy Fast Break (1979), Mike hit the TV jackpot with the award-winning, critically-acclaimed "Hill Street Blues" (1981). Possessing the same kind of street savvy and cerebral handsomeness as Denzel, Mike seemed a shoo-in for film stardom. Instead, his career moved rather slowly and erratically after the end of his hit series in 1987. He did co-star with Cicely Tyson in the holiday season greeter The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990/TV), and with D.B. Sweeney portraying a basketball coach in Heaven Is a Playground (1991), but nothing else of great significance followed. Other series work came and went, the best of the bunch being a recurring role on the series "Soul Food" (2000).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
33% Species III Washington 2004
18% Trippin Shapic 1999
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents 'The Wedding' Clark Coles 1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers Tockes 1997
No Score Yet Rules of Obsession Martindale 1994
8% The Hunted Chase 1994
67% Storyville Nathan 1992
No Score Yet Heaven Is a Playground Byron Harper 1991
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Actor 1990
No Score Yet Dreamaniac Ace 1987
No Score Yet Fast Break Preacher 1979
No Score Yet Norman...Is That You? Norman Chambers 1976
69% Butterflies Are Free Roy 1972
62% Drive, He Said Easly 1971
No Score Yet Curse of the Crimson Altar Basil 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Tom 2010
No Score Yet Lincoln Heights
2007-2009
Spencer Sutton 2009
2007
83% Kevin Hill
2004-2005
Lamont Hill 2005
84% American Dreams
2002-2005
Mr. Reeves 2004
No Score Yet Soul Food
2000-2004
Baron Marks Baron 2004
2002
2001
No Score Yet The District
2000-2004
Roy Williams 2001
No Score Yet Girlfriends
2000-2008
Bill 2001
2000
20% City of Angels
2000
Ron Harris 2000
No Score Yet Sliders
1995-2000
Wells 1999
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Khadijah's Father 1997
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Rev. Soames Rev. Soams 1992
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
Bobby Hill Off. Bobby Hill 1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Jason Greer 1971
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
Executive Producer
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers
1986-1993
Executive Producer

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