Who is Kadeem Hardison?
Kadeem Hardison is an American actor best known for his role as Dwayne Wayne in NBC’s sitcom ‘A Different World’, a spin-off of ‘The Cosby Show’. He is also known for starring as Craig Cooper in Disney Channel’s ‘K.C. Undercover.’ Currently, he features on Showtime's hit comedy series ‘Black Monday’. Born in Brooklyn, New York to the renowned fashion model Bethann Hardison and Donald McFadden, a fine art collector, Hardison grew up alongside his three sisters and three brothers. He studied acting at New York City’s Eubie Blake Theater, eventually making his debut at the age of 16 with the anthology series ‘ABC Afterschool Specials’. Till date, the talented actor has won a number of NAACP Image Awards, most notably for his performance in ‘A Different World’. A father of one, Hardison was married to singer Chanté Moore from 1997 to 2000. Currently, he is single and devoted to his career.
Kadeem Hardison made his acting debut in 1981 with an episode of ‘ABC Afterschool Specials’. He made his big screen appearance four years later in ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’. In 1987, he was cast in the role of Dwayne Cleophus Wayne in NBC’s ‘A Different World’. A year later, he played Edge in ‘School Daze’, a musical comedy drama flick about fraternity members clashing with other children at a historically black college. That year, Hardison also starred as Willie in the action comedy ‘I'm Gonna Git You Sucka’ alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Isaac Haye and Antonio Fargas. In the ensuing years, he had roles in numerous movies, such as ‘Def by Temptation’, ‘White Men Can't Jump’, ‘Renaissance Man’ and ‘Vampire in Brooklyn’, to name a few.
In 1997, Hardison began playing the role of Charles Gordon in the sitcom ‘Between Brothers’ that revolved around four African American men living in Chicago. That year, he also featured as Antoine Tyler in the sports comedy ‘The 6th Man’. He next had a role in Ernest R. Dickerson's ‘Blind Faith’. In 2000, he joined the recurring cast of ‘Static Shock’ as Adam Evans, a role he played until 2004. During this time, the actor also did the films ‘30 Years to Life’, ‘Showtime’ and ‘Biker Boyz’ and also played Will Jefferies in the sitcom ‘Abby’.
From 2006 to 2007, he starred as the lawyer Howard Gemeiner in the drama ‘House’ and also appeared in the sitcoms ‘Just for Kicks’ and ‘Girlfriends’. In 2007, Hardison was cast as Judge Harry Watkins in ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, a period sitcom based on the teenage experiences of the popular comedian Chris Rock. In 2011, he got the opportunity to play Detective Pars in the mystery thriller ‘Escapee’. Two years later, he had a recurring role in the series ‘Cult’ that centered on a production assistant and a journalist/blogger who investigate a series of disappearances linked to a television series named ‘Cult.’ After this, Hardison joined the main cast of ‘K.C. Undercover’ as Craig Cooper. In 2016, he starred in the horror comedy ‘B.C. Butcher’. In 2019, he began playing the role of Spencer in the comedy series ‘Black Monday’.
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Family & Personal Life
Kadeem Hardison was born as Kadeem McFadden on July 24, 1965, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, USA, to Bethann Hardison and Donald McFadden. He has six siblings, brothers Myles, Michael, and John, and sisters, Nydia, Gretchen, and Caroline.
From 1997 to 2000, the actor was married to singer Chanté Moore. They have a daughter named Sophia who was born before their marriage.