Malik Yoba

Actor, Singer, Composer
With his shaved head, the tall husky, Yoba made a strong impression as J. C. Williams, the caring, level-headed cop who puts duty before his private life in "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98). Yoba began his career as ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1967 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Brotherly Love 2015 (Movie)

Overbrook Coach (Actor)

The Assault 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Caught on Tape 2014 (Movie)

Detective Roberts (Actor)

Other Plans 2014 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Single Ladies 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Betty and Coretta 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Revolution 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Allegiance 2012 (Movie)

Staff Sergeant Hart (Actor)

Alphas 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikita 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harlem Aria 2010 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Justified 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Gavin (Actor)

Defying Gravity 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Feel The Noise 2007 (Movie)

The Mayor (Actor)

Girlfriends 2003 - 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raines 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

Gavin (Actor)

Preaching to the Choir 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

That's So Raven 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

They're Just My Friends 2006 (Movie)

Pat Black Sr. (Actor)

Thief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids in America 2005 (Movie)

Will Drucker "Mr. D" (Actor)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

Frank Hill (Actor)

Oh Happy Day 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Soul Decisions 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Days 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kingpin 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vote For Me 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bricks 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

For Your Love 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Personals 1999 (Movie)

Keith Parker (Actor)

New York Undercover 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ride 1998 (Movie)

Poppa (Actor)

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where I Live 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Detective Carson (Actor)

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

Studio Engineer (Actor)

That's How I See It 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Power of One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Like That 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

The Creeper (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

The Creeper (Actor)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

Yul Brenner (Actor)

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds in the Rough (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

CityKids 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

CityKids 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

("Jamaican Bobsledding Chant") (Song)

Biography

With his shaved head, the tall husky, Yoba made a strong impression as J. C. Williams, the caring, level-headed cop who puts duty before his private life in "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98). Yoba began his career as a member of CityKids, an organization that fosters cultural pluralism and youth empowerment. He made his singing debut with the group at Carnegie Hall in 1991 and the following year he composed the theme and additional songs for an ABC Saturday morning series called "CityKids", produced by Henson Productions. Yoba moved in front of the cameras and displayed his facility with accents when he was cast as "Yul Brenner", one of the Jamaican bobsledders under the tutelage of John Candy in "Cool Runnings" (1993). Other feature work has included portraying a neighborhood figure known only as The Creeper in "Smoke" and its sequel, "Blue in the Face" (both 1995). In 1994, Yoba guest-starred on an episode of the NBC series "Law & Order". Executive producer Dick Wolf liked what he saw and cast Yoba in "New York Undercover". Taking his position as a TV series star and role model seriously, the actor has appeared in "Diamonds in the Rough", a Black Entertainment Television (BET) special about kids in housing projects, and also on a BET panel, "Black Family: Today's Values, Tomorrow's Vision." He has also continued his involvement with CityKids, serving as a vice president of the organization.

Relationships

Terry Barbosa

Companion

Abdullah Yoba

Father
Split from Yoba's mother in 1977 deceased

A Yoba

Brother

Mahmoudah Young

Mother
Split from Yoba's father in 1977

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Cynthia Belgrave

HB Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

2010

Reprised the role of Gavin for "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"

2009

Co-starred as astronaut Ted Shaw on the short-lived ABC drama "Defying Gravity"

2007

Joined the cast of "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" as Janet Jackson's husband Gavin

2006

Cast as Elmo, opposite Andre Braugher, on the FX series "Thief"

2005

Appeared in the film "Kids in America"

2003

Played recurring character, Brock Harris, on the UPN sitcom "Girlfriends"

2001

With brother A Rhaman, co-wrote the stage musical "What's on the Hearts of Men"; also starred in production and directed (with an assist from George Faison)

2000

Returned to series work as co-star of the TNT drama "Bull"

1998

Played the lead role in the film "Ride"

1994

Cast as J.C. Williams on the Fox drama "New York Undercover"

1993

Made feature film debut as 'Yul Brenner' in "Cool Runnings"

1991

Made debut as a singer at Carnegie Hall with CityKids

Composed theme and performed songs for "CityKids" on ABC's Saturday morning

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