Kadeem Hardison (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as 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 Craig Cooper, the title character's father. Hardison played Norman in OWN's Love Is before it was cancelled. As of 2019, he is starring in the Showtime comedy Black Monday.
Hardison at the premiere of Beyond: Two Souls in October 2013
|Born||July 24, 1965|
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Known for||Dwayne Wayne–A Different World, The Cosby Show, K.C. Undercover|
(m. 1997; div. 2000)
|Awards||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series|
1991 – A Different World
1992 – A Different World
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.
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 appears as an actor in the 2013 PlayStation 3 exclusive video game Beyond: Two Souls as Cole Freeman.
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 made an appearance alongside Bell on FOX's Househusbands of Hollywood.
|1984||Go Tell It on the Mountain||Royal|
|1984||Beat Street||High School Student||Scenes deleted[clarification needed]|
|1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Willie|
|1990||Def by Temptation||'K'|
|1992||White Men Can't Jump||Junior|
|1994||Renaissance Man||Pvt. Jamaal Montgomery|
|1995||Vampire in Brooklyn||Julius Jones|
|1997||The 6th Man||Antoine Tyler|
|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|
|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|
|2008||Made of Honour||Felix|
|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||Queen of Hearts||Book||Short|
|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 (Voice)||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|
|2018||The Christmas Pact||Sadie’s Dad||TV Movie|
|2019||Black Monday||Spencer||Recurring role: 7 episodes|
|2020||Psych 2: Lassie Come Home||Wilkerson||TV Movie|
|2020||Teenage Bounty Hunters||Bowser Simmons||Upcoming series, main role|
|2013||Beyond: Two Souls||Cole Freeman||Voice acting and motion capture|
- Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran credit Hardison for making the name "Kadeem" familiar.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hardison appears as the narrator on Add-2's 2019 album, Jim Crow: The Musical.
- "Kadeem Hardison Biography (1965?-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Cadet, Danielle (September 21, 2017). "Whitley's World: A Brief History of Bad and Boujee Black Girl Style". The Undefeated. ESPN. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- Petski, Denise (June 28, 2019). "'Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters': Maddie Phillips & Anjelica Bette Fellini To Headline Jenji Kohan's Netflix Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, Baby Names Now: From Classic to Cool—The Very Last Word on First Names (Macmillan, 2002), 353.
- Dwyane Wade postgame interview, Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
- Wade brings back flip shades at the podium!. YouTube. June 20, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Ivey, Justin. "Add-2 Releases 'Jim Crow: The Musical' Album". hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media. Retrieved February 1, 2020.