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Michael Warren

Highest Rated:   93% The Central Park Five (2012)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Hunted (1994)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
93% The Central Park Five
  • Actor
$0.3M 2012
79% Mother and Child
  • Winston
$1.2M 2010
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
9% The Hunted
  • Chase
1994
60% 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
67% Butterflies Are Free
  • Roy
1972
67% Drive, He Said
  • Easly
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Tom
  • 2010
No Score Yet Lincoln Heights
2007-2009
  • Spencer Sutton
  • 2009
  • 2007

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