born to a mother of Dutch descent and an African-American
father. As a child, Moore lived in the Netherlands with his
mother. His first language is Dutch and he didn't learn to speak
English until he was five years old. His mother, who had a
degree in mathematics, worked as a teacher in Bahrain for
several years. He lived for a short time in his mother's
hometown of Boston when they returned to the U.S. They moved to
Chico, California, in the late 1970s, where his mother worked at
a clinic, before later moving to Palo Alto, California.
Moore is a graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA. He
matriculated to Santa Clara University, where he majored in
Communications. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he modeled
to pay his bills.
Moore played the role of Malcolm Winters on Y&R for eight years. In
November 2004, he returned to The Young and the Restless after
originally planning to leave the show, but after a few months he
dropped back to recurring status and left in September 2005. In
2007, he said, "My time is done on Y&R. I did eight solid years as
He was the host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train
from 1999 until 2003, and appeared in the 2000 feature film The
Brothers. He also portrayed Detective Jesse Reese on the television
series Birds of Prey from 2002 to 2003.
Moore played the role of Emery Simms in the 2004 film Motives
alongside Vivica Fox and Golden Brooks, and had a supporting role in
the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He has also appeared as the
boyfriend of Kelly Rowland's character in the romantic comedy The
Criminal Minds was the seventh pilot Moore was cast in.
He has won fans due to his high-profile modeling, often shirtless
and in erotic shots, and his status as daytime's first black soap
In 1994, he was in Toni Braxton's music video, "How Many Ways."