Shemar Moore recently opened up about what it was like growing up a tormented biracial kid, and much of his trauma and racial identity issues stem from his ex-con father.

Moore’s dad, Sherrod Moore, is African-American and his mother, Marilyn Wilson, is Irish and French-Canadian. So like many biracial children, Shemar had trouble fitting in. While he was very close to his father, Shemar revealed in an interview with Larry King why he keeps his father at a distance.

Moore’s father served time in San Quentin prison following “an incident” with his mom. And while Shemar didn’t go into details about it to King, he’s still very emotional about his painful past.

Check out the clip below.

The former “Young & The Restless” actor-turned “Soul Train” host said goodbye to “Criminal Minds” after more than a decade on the hit CBS series, but as he revealed during Summer TCA 2017, it didn’t take him long to return to the network.

His new crime drama “S.W.A.T.,” premieres Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. on CBS, and it’s based on the film of the same name, which in itself was based on the 1975 television series. “Nobody is asking us if we’re remaking the ‘70s

“Nobody is asking us if we’re remaking the ‘70s show, or the movie,” Moore said during TCA. He also praised the show’s diversity.

“We’ve got black, I’m biracial, we’ve got Asian…we’ve got white… this is the same name from the ‘70s show, it’s the same font…it’s the same theme song…Those are the only similarities…we’re taking on real life,” Moore said. “We’re taking on the Trump years…it’s just what’s happening today…It’s not just black vs. blue…it’s fear, racism, terrorism, subject matter of today.”

When asked why he signed on to the project so soon after leaving “Criminal Minds,” Moore explained:

“The reason I came to SWAT is a lot of what you’re hearing form these three gentlemen right here,” Moore said at the 2017 TCA Summer Press Tour, referring to comments made by executive producers Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Justin Lin. The producers noted the series will take a look at Black Lives Matter, as well as other real world happenings, per eonline.

(Photo Credit: Shemar Moore Instagram)

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14 thoughts on “Shemar Moore On Why He Keeps His Black Father At A Distance

  1. I am in love with Shemar, no matter what his race is. Anyway if a person wants him to be black, so be it. If a person wants him to be white, then imagine him having a perpetual tan. We are all people. We are all equal even if others say that we aren’t. I have been married to a Chinese man, a black man and a Mexican man. I have children by each of them. What a wonderful world!

  2. Whatever he chooses to do about his father, it’s his business and his alone. He has reasons and that’s should be good enough. People like to dig in personal business of others. He had to have had a bad experience. Yes he’s biracial and that’s what he is. He likable whatever he is.

  3. karen daye on said:

    I’ll give Shemar his props for taking care of his estranged father. However Shemar mentioned several times he was biracial with black father and white mother…..you Shemar are considered Black whether you like it or not. Whenever someone is mixed with the black race, it’s BLACK! Don’t you love it.

  4. Passing Through! on said:

    They only hear two words black + prison forget everything else he said. And on top of that they even made the font bigger in a certain section of the article, they really wanted to emphasize that his father is a black criminal.

  5. Leslie on said:

    No, he did not address why he keeps his “BLACK FATHER” at a distance, he addressed why he keeps his FATHER at a distance, and in my opinion, the reasons are valid. When you choose to specify “Black Father”, you make it seem as though his being distanced from his father is somehow related to his race, which isn’t the case. He was violent towards his mother, and even with that, he still purchased his father a home, and has contact with him on terms that he has established. Stop trying to sensationalize everything! 🙄

    • specialt757 on said:

      Thank you Leslie, these people try to play on folk’s intelligence and it won’t work. His father’s race has nothing to do with the problems with his father, it was his (father’s) actions that were the problems.

    • Miss E on said:

      Thank you Leslie. I am reading the same thing, he kept his father at a distance and his father just happened to be Black. He could have been any race, if he did whatever he did to his mom, he would have done the same thing.

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