Kadeem Hardison

Kadeem Hardison

Born: July 24, 1965
Age: 57
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role Dwayne Wayne on A Different World, a spin-off of the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. He also starred in the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover as Greg Cooper, the title character's father.

Hardison was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, the son and only child of Donald McFadden, an antique and fine art collector and Bethann Hardison, pioneering African-American runway model and advocate for diversity in the fashion industry.[1][2]



Hardison was a starring cast member on the sitcom A Different World as Dwayne Wayne, and a regular cast member of K.C. Undercover and the short-lived sitcoms Abby and Between Brothers. His career was managed predominantly by his mother, Bethann Hardison. He has also guest starred on several other sitcoms, including Living Single, Girlfriends, Under One Roof, The Boondocks (as himself), Greek, Parenthood, and on Everybody Hates Chris as the judge. His movies include Rappin', School Daze, Def by Temptation, Vampire in Brooklyn, 30 Years to Life, Made of Honor, Escapee, The 6th Man, Drive, Renaissance Man, Panther, The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Bratz, Biker Boyz, Who's Your Daddy?, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Blind Faith, Showtime, White Men Can't Jump, and "B.C. Butcher". He also appears as an actor in the 2013 PlayStation 3 exclusive video game Beyond: Two Souls as Cole Freeman.

Personal life

Hardison was married to American singer Chanté Moore from 1997 until 2000; they have a daughter named Sophia (b. 1996). Hardison remains a close friend of actor Darryl Bell, who played his best friend Ron Johnson on A Different World; he makes an appearance alongside Bell on FOX's Househusbands of Hollywood.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Go Tell It on the Mountain Royal
1984 Beat Street High School Student Scenes Deleted
1985 Rappin' Moon
1987 Enemy Territory A-Train
1988 School Daze Edge
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Willie
1990 Def by Temptation 'K'
1992 White Men Can't Jump Junior
1994 Gunmen Izzy
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery
1995 Panther Judge
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Julius Jones
1997 The 6th Man Antoine Tyler
1997 Drive Malik Brody Video
1998 Blind Faith Eddie Williams
2000 Dancing in September Winston
2001 30 Years to Life Bruce
2001 Instinct to Kill Lance Difford
2001 Thank Heaven Billy Ferrell
2002 Showtime Kyle
2003 Biker Boyz T.J.
2003 Dunsmore Walter Taylor
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Andy Brookes Video
2004 Face of Terror Jefferson
2006 The Cassidy Kids Dennis Peabody
2006 Love Hollywood Style Ice Pop
2007 Bratz Sasha's Dad
2008 Made of Honour Felix
2008 The Sweep Tyrone
2010 Ashes Matthew
2011 Escapee Detective Pars
2011 The Hop Off Charles Lee Short
2013 The Dark Party Jeff
2013 Some Other Time Cyrus Wainwright
2014 Android Cop Sgt. Jones
2015 Sister Switch Gregory Cole
2016 B.C. Butcher Narrator
2016 Queen of Hearts Book Short


Year Title Role Notes
1981 ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown Episode: "The Colour of Friendship"
1984 The Cosby Show Phillip Washington Episode: "A Shirt Story"
1984 The House of Dies Drear Mac Darrow TV movie
1985 American Playhouse Royal Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Bobby Waters Episode: "My Enemy, My Friend"
1989 Dream Date Jim Parker TV movie
1990 Saturday Morning Videos Host Unknown Episodes
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Henry Brooks Episode: "Words Up!"
1992 Out All Night Dean Episode: "Smooth Operator"
1992 Roc Rev. Adams Episode: "Dear Landlord"
1987-1993 A Different World Dwayne Cleophus Wayne Main: 138 episodes (1-6 Seasons)
1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Goki Episode: "Gorillas Will Be Missed"
1995 Living Single Marcus Hughes Episode: "Who's Scooping Who?"
1997 Touched by an Angel Marc Hamilton Episode: "Smokescreen"
1997 Fox After Breakfast Himself (Guest) 1 episode
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Perry Episode: Season 1 'Smooth Sailing'
1998 Linc's Unknown Episode: Season 1 'Gangsta Rap'
1998 Fantasy Island Michael Wilkinson Episode: Season 1 'Wishboned'
1998-1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Skull Cowboy Guest: 2 episodes
1997-1999 Between Brothers Charles Gordon Main: 17 episodes (1-2 Seasons)
2000 Just Shoot Me! Tad Gallow Episode: "Blackjack"
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Clown Episode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
2001 Fire & Ice Michael Williams TV movie
2002 Red Skies Riley TV movie
2002-2003 Livin' Large Host Unknown episodes
2003 Abby Will Jefferies Main: 10 episodes (1 Season)
2000-2004 Static Shock Rubberband Man/Adam Evans (Voice) Recurring: 7 episodes (1-4 Seasons)
2005 One on One Director Episode: "Venice Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
2006 Just for Kicks Charles Atwood Recurring: 3 episodes
2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Joseph Barrino TV movie
2006 My Name is Earl Owner Episode: "Born a Gamblin Man"
2006-2007 House Lawyer Howard Gemeiner Guest: 2 episodes
2007 Girlfriends Eldon Parks Guest: 3 episodes
2008 Under One Roof Jamal Episode: "Cell Out"
2007-2009 Everybody Hates Chris Judge Harry Watkins Guest: 2 episodes
2009 Greek Brian Howard Episode: "Our Fathers"
2009 Cold Case Andrew 'Huxtable' Garrett '09 Episode: "Read Between the Lines"
2010 Ghost Whisperer Dean Olson Episode: "Dead Air"
2011 Ricochet Bob Worley TV movie
2012 Parenthood Richard Gilchrist Episode: "Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You"
2012 Family Guy Unknown (Voice) Episode: "Ratings Guy"
2013 Cult Paz Recurring: 8 episodes
2015-2018 K.C. Undercover Craig Cooper Main cast
2016 Supernatural Russell Lemmons Episode: "Rock Never Dies"
2018 Love Is____ Norman Season 1

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Beyond: Two Souls Cole Freeman Voice acting and motion capture

Cultural influence

  • Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran credit Hardison for making the name "Kadeem" familiar.[3]
  • Hardison is the model for the title character in the inserts of the album The Cool by Lupe Fiasco.
  • Hardison was the subject of then-wife Chanté Moore's 1999 single "Chanté's Got a Man".
  • In a press conference following Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade wore flip-up sunglasses and said he was, "paying a little homage to Dwayne Wayne tonight", referencing Hardison's popular character from A Different World.[4][5]
  • In Season 2, Episode 7 of Psych (If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead), Gus references utilizing the "Kadeem Hardison method" to kiss a girl.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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