Malik Yoba

Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba, an American actor, is best recognized as NYPD Detective J. C. Williams on Fox's New York Undercover and Yul Brenner in Cool Runnings.

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Yoba debuted his acting in the iconic FOX cop drama series New York Undercover in 1994, opposite Michael DeLorenzo. The series and Yoba made television history as this drama was the first on American television to cast two people of color in lead roles. In the drama series, Yoba won three NAACP Image Awards in 1996, 1997, and 1998 for Outstanding Actor for his role on New York Undercover.

His Woman, His Wife showcased Yoba's talents as a musician and actor, and he had a significant role in the film. Yoba has also appeared in films including Cool Runnings and Criminal. Arrested Development's Ice and Girlfriends' Brock Harris were just two of the roles he has appeared in, but he has also had several other television roles. The Thief and Raines series on FX and NBC, respectively, have both featured Yoba. As Gavin, he appeared in Tyler Perry's 2007 film, Why Did I Get Married? and its 2010 sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too. In 2009, he played astronaut Ted Shaw in the ABC miniseries Defying Gravity. This week, he said that he plans to bring back New York Undercover as a modernized version of the original show. Writing for Law & Order, Courtney Parker penned an unsolicited proposal for a pilot script.

Bill Harken, a former FBI Unique Agent, was played by Yoba in Alphas, a sci-fi drama series about people with special powers working for a secret Department of Defense department. Former Monroe Republic commander Jim Hudson was played by Yoba when the series premiered in 2013. His first season on Lee Daniels' Empire was as Vernon Turner, Lucious Lyon's business partner and chairman of Empire Entertainment.

Personal Life

Malik Yoba was born in the Bronx, New York, as the fourth of six children to Mahmoudah Young and Abdullah Yoba. He has three children: two daughters, Pria and Dena, and a son, Josiah. Malik Yoba announced on social media that he would be marching in the National Trans Visibility March in Washington, D.C. He is drawn to pre-operative trans women, although he considers himself heterosexual. According to Mariah Lopez Ebony, Mr. Yoba allegedly engaged in inappropriate paid sexual contact with trans activist Mariah Lopez Ebony when she was a minor. Mr. Yoba has been removed from his role as spokesman for Phi Beta Sigma, which is dedicated to giving mentorship to "pre-teen and teenaged males" through social, cultural, and educational enrichment, notwithstanding his denial of the charge. Yoba married and divorced Trisha Mann, an actress and model, with whom he shared the stage in 'His Woman, His Wife.' He has two children with Mann, and he also has a daughter from a previous relationship. He then got married to his second wife, Cat Wilson, in 2003. Cat wanted to get separated from her husband after a little more than three years, and he moved back to Brooklyn. Terry Barbosa was his girlfriend from 2009 to 2011, but no reports stated the exact reason for their separation. In 2016, Malik was rumored to be dating Claire Mawisa, but she stated in an interview that they had no romantic feelings for each other.

Quick Facts
Date of Birth: 17-09-1967
Birth Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York
Ethnicity: Black
Profession: Actor
Net Worth: $3 Million
Marital Status: Married
Marriage Date: 2003
Children: Dena Yoba, Josiah Yoba, Pria Yoba
T.V. Show(s): Empire
Salary: $20,800
Wife: Cat Wilson
Height: 1.88 m
Birth Date: 17 Sep, 1967
Age: 52 yrs
Occupations: Television actor
Film actor
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: The Bronx
Gender: Male
Description: American actor
Net Worth 2021: 3 million
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Last Modified: Feb 26 2023
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