Obscure Black C-Listers: Michael Warren
There are a few older black gentleman who I just find so handsome. Michael Warren, whether I see him in old school roles like his most famous as Bobby Hill on Hill Street Blues, or as Joan’s father on Girlfriends, he is just so genetically sound, smooth, and has this boyish twinkle in his eye to boot. I think this quality is what makes him great for playing an older playboy type – he had a recurring role on the short-lived black hospital drama City of Angels, on In The House as Debbie Allen’s ex-husband, and as Kadijah’s rolling stone papa on Living Single. What you may not know is that Michael Warren was an All-American basketball player at UCLA on the same championship team as Lew Alcindor aka Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Not only that, but his son, Cash Warren (one of those biracial types that you wouldn’t guess is black unless you were really paying attention) married Jessica Alba earlier this year and made Michael Warren grandfather to a super-celebrity, racially ambigous baby.
Did you think I’d miss the chance to talk about my favorite sitcom episode of all time (again)? Of course not – Michael Warren also played the minister who presided over the almost-wedding between Whitley and Byron on A Different World. Check out this video if the photo above doesn’t jog your memory quite enough: