Malcolm Jamal Warner: “Live Life With No Regrets”

(photo credit:  AP/AJL)

(photo credit: AP/AJL)

It’s been 30 years since the Cosby Show debuted on our TV screens.  Thirty years!  Let that sink in for a minute. Now, as we all feel a little bit older, our favorite son, Malcolm Jamal Warner (Theo) is all grown up.  He’s been doing a lot lately: movies, television series, etc.

But even his recent Grammy-nomination for the musical work he did with musician Robert Glasper is being overshadowed by the over two dozen sexual assault allegations against everyone’s one-time TV dad, Bill Cosby.

On Bill Cosby
“He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor,” Warner shares. “Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”

“I can’t really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there. The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That’s the Bill Cosby I know. I can’t speak on the other stuff.”

Even after decades of growing up on camera, the actor, poet and musician managed to bypass the “childhood actor curse” to keep his skin, hair and body healthy.

On His Health
“I’m not a health nut,” Warner confesses. “But I’m very aware of what happens when I don’t watch what I eat and don’t work out. “The Tuskegee Airmen” and “Fool’s Gold” are perfect examples,ha! I love to eat and drink and as I’ve gotten older, I can most definitely see how my metabolism has slowed down so as a result, I am very conscious of what I put into my body. I do go through cycles though. I know the top of my range so I know when to pull it back, however, I’m noticing how much longer it takes to bring the body back to where I prefer.”

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On His Hair
When asked about why he cut his dredlocs, Malcolm describes, “My ten and a half year journey was done. When I…